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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 vs. Two-Wheel Drive

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4


2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2WD

Starting MSRP

Diesel 3.0L V6

Base Engine

2.0L I-4
188 hp


188 hp
325 lb-ft


258 lb-ft
5,000 lbs

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs

Deciding between a 2WD or 4×4 Sprinter van for sale in Los Angeles? No matter what job needs doing, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 and 2WD vans are ready to rise to the challenge. Thanks to numerous vehicle variants and a long list of equipment options, the Sprinter is infinitely adaptable to your task and terrain. Below, we’ll outline the benefits of 2WD vs. 4×4 Sprinter van models to help you decide on the right drivetrain for your needs.



How Do 2WD and 4×4 Sprinter Van Drivetrains Work?

In a two-wheel drive system, power is sent either to the rear wheels (rear-wheel drive, or RWD) or the front wheels (front-wheel drive, or FWD) while the other to wheels spin freely. One benefit of this configuration is better fuel economy. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter comes standard with RWD. 

4×4 Sprinter vans employ both 2WD and 4×4 modes for maximum adaptability. In the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 mode, power is split between the front and rear axles at a ratio of 35 to 65.

2WD vs. 4×4: Sprinter Van Specs

What benefits come with Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 capability? While you will see an increase in torque between the RWD and 4×4 systems, the biggest benefits kick in once you get off the road. Check out the 4×4 vs. 2WD specs below, and then read on to explore the impressive Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 off-road capability:

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2WD

  • Starting MSRP: $36,355
  • Engine: 2.0L I-4
  • Output: 188 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4

  • Starting MSRP: $54,600
  • Engine: Diesel 3.0L V6
  • Output: 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 Off-Road Features

The 4×4 Sprinter van employs the 2WD system to conserve fuel when driving conditions are ideal. But from rocky trails to sticky mud traps, tough terrain is where the 4×4 system really shines. Here’s a look at the technology that makes it possible:

  • Selectable 4×4 — Activate 4×4 with the touch of a button to stay in control on challenging terrain.
  • Electronic Traction System 4ETS® — 4ETS® automatically brakes the spinning wheels with short impulses if one or more wheels lose traction, while increasing drive torque to wheels with good traction. The result? Steady driving on the iciest Pasadena roads.
  • ADAPTIVE ESP® Stability Program — The ADAPTIVE ESP® analyzes vehicle movements to detect a high center of gravity and adjust accordingly, giving you better balance on inclines with large tilt angles.
  • Trailer Coupling with Stabilization — This system counteracts trailer sway with targeted braking on individual wheels.

Boost Your Business with a 4×4 Sprinter Van for Sale in Arcadia 

Why choose a 4×4 Sprinter van for sale at Mercedes-Benz of Arcadia? Alhambra drivers rely on us for quality service, fair prices — and fantastic savings on new vehicle leases, OEM parts, and more. Apply for financing online and get in touch today!


*MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.

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