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New Jersey’s 2024 Van Face-Off: Why The Ford Transit Outperforms The Mercedes Sprinter

2023 Ford Transit

Welcome to the ultimate commercial van showdown here in New Jersey! If you’re a business owner, contractor, or fleet manager, chances are you’ve faced the dilemma of choosing the right vehicle to support your operations.

It’s a decision that hinges on reliability, capability, and making sure every dollar counts toward your bottom line.

This is where my team at Celebrity Ford of Toms River comes in with invaluable insights. Experience has taught us one thing: The choice between vans goes beyond just picking any set of wheels; it’s about finding a true workhorse.

In this face-off, we’ll dissect why many are placing their bets on the 2023 Ford Transit over its luxurious counterpart –– the 2024 Mercedes Sprinter.

Through comparisons focused on performance and utility, we’ll unlock secrets that show how the Ford Transit isn’t just keeping pace but actually leading the pack. Stick around as we put these two giants under scrutiny – because knowing is half the battle won!

Ready for some eye-openers? Let’s dive in.

Key Takeaways

  • The 2023 Ford Transit offers a variety of wheelbase and roof height options, making it adaptable for different business needs in New Jersey.

  • With a starting price of $46,890, the Ford Transit is not only more affordable than the Mercedes Sprinter but also features cost-effective maintenance in the long run.

  • Engine-wise, the Ford Transit’s 3.5L Flex Fuel V6 engine delivers strong performance with an eco-friendly Eco Boost version available.

  • For businesses that need to haul heavy loads or navigate challenging terrain, the Transit provides superior payload capacity and optional all-wheel drive or 4x4 systems.

  • Celebrity Ford of Toms River has an extensive inventory of Transits and offers personalized customer servicewith competitive pricing and financing options.

Comparing the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit

When it comes to choosing the ultimate commercial cargo van for your business or personal needs in New Jersey, the battle often boils down to two heavyweights: the 2023 Ford Transit and the 2024 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

As we put these vans head-to-head, you’ll see why, here at Celebrity Ford of Toms River, we’re all about celebrating what makes the Ford Transit not just a competitor but a clear frontrunner.

Dimensions and Size

Understanding how crucial dimensions and size are to the functionality and efficiency of a commercial cargo van, it’s vital to compare the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Ford Transit side by side. Vehicle shoppers must consider the space they need for their specific demands, ranging from hauling equipment to transporting goods.

Here’s a detailed look at how these two vans measure up in terms of dimensions and size:


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Ford Transit

Available Sizes/Wheelbases

144 “, 170 “, 170” Extended

148” Wheelbase (Standard and Extended)

Overall Length


Varies with configuration

Overall Height


Varies with configuration

Interior Standing Height


Varies with configuration

Maximum Cargo Capacity

586.1 cubic feet

Varies with configuration

Width at Floor

Slightly wider than the Ford Transit

Slightly narrower than Sprinter

Extended Length Version


148” Extended Wheelbase

The Ford Transit’s 148” wheelbase, accompanied by additional headspace and width at the bed, provides a blend of maneuverability and interior cargo capacity ideally suited for a variety of uses.

Its size dimensions cater to businesses and individuals demanding a van that can navigate through condensed urban environments or long stretches of highway with equal ease. With these insights, it’s clear why the 2023 Ford Transit deserves serious consideration from any commercial van shopper.

2023 Ford Transit

Engine Specifications

Vehicle shoppers in the market for a commercial cargo van demand powerful, efficient engines to handle their workload. That’s where the engine specifications become a crucial point of comparison.

Here’s how the 2024 Ford Transit and the Mercedes Sprinter stack up:


Ford Transit

Mercedes Sprinter

Engine Type

3.5L Flex Fuel V6

Varies, up to 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel*


275 hp

Up to 188 hp*


262 @3750 lb-ft

Up to 325 @1400-2400 lb-ft*

Eco-Friendly Option

An Eco Boost version is available

Not specified

*Specifications for the Mercedes Sprinter can vary based on the chosen engine option.

The Ford Transit boasts a robust 3.5L Flex Fuel V6 engine, delivering 275 horsepower and an impressive torque output. With an available Eco Boost version, Ford offers an eco-friendlier option without sacrificing performance.

The Sprinter, while offering a range of engines, including a potent 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel, still doesn’t quite match the horsepower provided by the Transit. Torque figures for the Sprinter can be higher, but the Transit offers a well-rounded package that appeals to a wide range of commercial van buyers.

At Celebrity Ford of Toms River, we understand the importance of reliability and power on the job. That’s why we recommend the 2023 Ford Transit, which is designed to meet diverse needs with efficiency and strength. Join us on the Jersey Shore to explore our inventory and find the Transit that’s right for you.

Towing and Weight Restrictions

Understanding the capabilities of your commercial cargo van is crucial, and at Celebrity Ford of Toms River, we recognize the importance of towing and weight restrictions for businesses and tradespeople across New Jersey.

When comparing the 2023 Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the details in their towing and payload capacities can make all the difference in your daily operations.


2023 Ford Transit

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Max Towing Capacity

Slightly higher than Sprinter

5,000 to 7,500 pounds

Max Payload Capacity

5,133 pounds

Lower than Transit

GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

Lower than Sprinter

11,030 pounds

The Ford Transit’s superior payload capacity offers a significant advantage for heavy-duty jobs. Meanwhile, the Sprinter’s higher GVWR indicates it’s built to handle greater overall weight, a factor worth considering based on your specific needs.

Choosing the right van boils down to matching these specifications with your business requirements, and our team at Celebrity Ford is here to guide you through that process.

2023 Ford Transit


Now, let’s talk numbers because your budget matters as much as the van’s capabilities. The 2024 Ford Transit rolls out with a price tag that starts at $46,890—a figure that presents significant savings over the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter’s starting price of $52,700.

It’s clear where value meets versatility: with these savings, you can invest in customizing your Ford Transit to fit your specific needs without breaking the bank.

Cost-effectiveness doesn’t end at purchase with the Ford Transit; it continues down the road.

Owners often find maintenance more affordable compared to luxury cargo vans like the Mercedes Sprinter. Why pay more when you can get reliability and efficiency for less?

Our team here at Celebrity Ford of Toms River is confident that choosing a Transit Van means making a smart financial decision for both immediate and long-term business success.

Interior Features

Inside the 2023 Ford Transit, you’ll find a cabin designed for comfort and efficiency. With an interior standing heightof 56.9 inches in the regular wheelbase, low-roof model, moving around is easy – no hunching over is necessary.

The space is adaptable, too, perfectly fitting both cargo and passengers without a hitch. Whether it’s shuttling people or hauling equipment for work, this van flexes to meet your demands.

Smart features within the Transit enhance every drive. Imagine settling into a seat that feels like it was made just for you after a long day on the job site. That’s what drivers get with the ergonomic design of the Transit Passenger Van XLT seats, complete with supportive cushioning and armrests built for relaxation and control during even the busiest days.

And when it comes to staying connected on the go, USB ports keep devices charged while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration turn your van into a mobile office or entertainment center at your fingertips.

2023 Ford Transit interior

Why the Ford Transit is the Top Choice

As the Dealer Principal at Celebrity Ford of Toms River, I’ve seen time and again how the 2023 Ford Transit not only meets but exceeds our client’s expectations. It’s a standout in its class for several reasons—a culmination of performance, versatility, and innovation that defines what a top-tier commercial van should be.

Superior Fuel Efficiency

The Ford Transit sets a new standard for vans with its remarkable fuel efficiency. Expect to get more miles out of every gallon, keeping your business on the move without frequent stops at gas stations.

With an estimated 25 percent better fuel economy than previous E-Series vans, Transit owners can look forward to significant savings in operating costs. The efficient 3.5 PFDi V6 engine under the hood doesn’t just promise power; it’s engineered to maximize every drop of fuel.

Moreover, all this efficiency does not come at the expense of performance — the Ford Transit delivers when you need it most. This stellar combination ensures that businesses save money while still meeting their demanding transportation needs effectively and reliably.

Now let’s talk space because after all is said and done about saving on fuel, getting everything loaded up easily is next on our list!

More Spacious and Serviceable

Maximizing the utility of your commercial van is crucial, and that’s where the 2023 Ford Transit truly shines. Boasting a generous cargo area, it encapsulates up to 487.3 cubic feet in its most expansive configuration – plenty of room to accommodate whatever you need to haul.

Whether moving goods across Barnegat Township or setting up a mobile workshop in Middletown Township, this van adapts easily to any task at hand.

Flexibility meets functionality with multiple roof heights and door configurations available for the Transit Van powertrains, ensuring that every business can tailor their vehicle perfectly to their needs.

This makes loading oversized items or maneuvering in tight urban spaces less challenging than ever before.

Ready to tackle tough terrains?

The next section talks about how Ford gives you options for All-Wheel Drive and 4x4 capabilities that keep your business moving forward, no matter where the road takes you.

2023 Ford Transit

Options for All-Wheel Drive and 4x4

Not only does the 2023 Ford Transit lead with roominess and functionality, but it also stands out with its drivetrain capabilities. The Transit offers an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that intelligently channels power to each wheel, optimizing traction and stability on tricky terrains or during inclement weather – a must-have for businesses in New Jersey’s unpredictable conditions.

With this AWD option, drivers can confidently handle their deliveries or work without worrying about getting stuck.

For those requiring rugged durability, the Ford Transit doesn’t disappoint. The addition of 4x4 capabilities allows for even greater control and power distribution when tackling off-road challenges or hauling heavy loads.

Coupled with a high roof/148” configuration option, businesses get both performance and space in one package – something you won’t want to miss when choosing your next commercial vehicle at Celebrity Ford of Toms River.

And remember, equipping your van with these features is not just possible; it’s also more cost-effective compared to competitors like the Mercedes Sprinter – ensuring you get top-tier capability without overstretching your budget.

Advanced Technology Features

The 2024 Ford Transit is at the forefront when it comes to advanced technology features, ensuring that drivers have access to both seamless connectivity and enhanced control on their journeys.

Equipped with SYNC® 4 and Fordpass™ Connect, this van becomes a mobile office with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, keeping you connected wherever your work may take you.

Planning routes, checking traffic updates, or managing business tasks on the go is easier than ever.

Embrace another level of driving ease with the new eight-speed automatic transmission offered for front-wheel drive configurations in the latest Transit model. This innovative addition allows for smoother acceleration and better fuel efficiency, making long trips less taxing on both driver and vehicle.

Whether you’re hauling heavy loads or navigating through city streets, these technology upgrades are designed to enhance performance without sacrificing comfort or safety.

Ford Transit

Visit Celebrity Ford of Toms River for Your Next 2023 Ford Transit

Discover the unrivaled excellence and versatility of the 2023 Ford Transit by visiting us at Celebrity Ford of Toms River, where my dedicated team and I will ensure your van-buying experience is as exceptional as the vehicles we proudly offer.

Located on the Jersey Shore

Celebrity Ford of Toms River sits right on the Jersey Shore, offering a scenic backdrop to your vehicle shopping experience. Our dealership prides itself on a deep-rooted history in a community celebrated for its Revolutionary War ties and environmental victories.

As you step through our doors, you’re not just buying a van; you’re becoming part of a legacy that values heritage and commitment to progress.

We understand that finding the perfect Ford Transit requires more than specs—the setting matters, too. The salty breeze and echoes of historical triumphs mix with the latest automotive technology at Celebrity Ford, ensuring your purchase is as memorable as it is smart.

With an extensive inventory that ranges from the eco-friendly E-Transit all-electric van to spacious passenger wagons, we make sure each client drives away with their ideal match amidst the coastal beauty of Toms River.

Dedicated to Customer Satisfaction

At Celebrity Ford of Toms River, we believe the core of any successful dealership is a firm commitment to customer satisfaction. Our team goes above and beyond to ensure every interaction with our customers is positive, informative, and fulfilling.

From the moment you step into our showroom looking for your next 2023 Ford Transit commercial van, you’ll feel welcomed by specialists who genuinely care about your vehicle needs.

We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships grounded in trust and respect. Many have shared their experiences, praising our helpful staff for guiding them through each aspect of their vehicle purchase seamlessly.

Whether it’s discussing the spacious cargo area in the Transit Full-Size Cargo Van or exploring advanced features like Apple CarPlay integration, we’re here to make your buying journey as smooth as possible.

With an extensive inventory of Ford Transit models waiting for you at our Jersey Shore location, we invite you to explore what makes us different firsthand.

Next up: why choosing from our variety can set your business on track for success.

Ford Transit

Extensive Inventory of Ford Transit Models

Our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction naturally leads us to boast about our abundant selection of Ford Transit models. Whether you are looking for the robust 2023 Ford Transit Cargo Van to haul your equipment or eyeing the capacious 2023 Transit Passenger Van Wagon for its impressive seating capacity, Celebrity Ford of Toms River has a solution tailored just for your needs.

We offer various configurations, from the versatile Transit Connect Commercial Cargo Van to the pioneering all-electric Ford E-Transit—all available within our remarkable collection.

With over twenty new vehicles in stock and with prices starting at $46,890, selecting the perfect van is both simplified and exciting. Our lineup ensures that whether you’re navigating crowded city streets or loading heavy tools for work sites near Forked River or Howell Township, there’s a cost-effective option ready and waiting.

Explore different drivetrains, including options for All-Wheel Drive and EcoBoost engines, which bring together power and efficiency seamlessly—tailored precisely to suit every commercial demand in New Jersey’s fast-paced environment.

Competitive Pricing and Financing Options

Getting your hands on a 2023 Ford Transit has never been more achievable, thanks to Celebrity Ford of Toms River’s commitment to competitive pricing. We understand the importance of smart financial decisions, especially when it comes to purchasing a commercial cargo van that boosts your business.

Our prices are structured with you in mind, offering all the available offers and incentives without hidden costs—because we believe transparency paves the way for trust and long-term relationships.

Financing shouldn’t be a hurdle in expanding your fleet or starting your journey with a reliable van like the Transit. That’s why we provide an array of financing options tailored to meet different budgets and credit profiles.

Swing by our dealership to discuss these opportunities with our dedicated team, who is eager to guide you through finding the perfect match for both your vocational needs and financial comfort zone.

With special offers currently available for models such as the 2024 Ford Transit-350 Cargo Van starting at $51,185 – now is an opportune time to explore how our financing solutions can help turn those business goals into reality.

Ford Transit

Exploring New and Used Vehicle Options at Celebrity Ford of Toms River

At Celebrity Ford of Toms River, we understand that every business has unique needs, which is why our inventory caters to a wide range of preferences and requirements. Whether you’re looking for the versatility of a brand-new 2024 Ford Transit or the affordability of a pre-owned model, our team stands ready to guide you through the selection process.

Our lot features an array of configurations, from spacious passenger vans designed for comfortable commuting to robust cargo vans built to handle demanding loads.

Customers praise us not just for variety but also for our commitment to customer satisfaction. With each visit, you’ll experience firsthand why so many in New Jersey choose us as their go-to source for commercial vehicles.

We offer competitive pricing and flexible financing options because we believe in making your path to owning a Ford Transit straightforward and stress-free. Our expert staff is here to answer all your questions about specs like fuel economy and drivetrain options – ensuring you drive away in a van that aligns perfectly with both your work demands and budgetary considerations.

The next section will discuss making smart choices regarding vehicle trade-ins at Celebrity Ford of Toms River.

Making Smart Choices: Value Your Trade at Celebrity Ford of Toms River

Upgrading your commercial vehicle fleet can be a breeze at Celebrity Ford of Toms River. Bring in your current car, truck, or SUV for a trade-in evaluation that simplifies the buying process.

Our experts will appraise your vehicle based on its condition and market value to ensure you get a fair deal. With this knowledge, you’ll have substantial bargaining power when selecting from our range of 2023 Ford Transit vans.

Have confidence in choosing us for your next investment. We pride ourselves on transparent dealings to give business owners like yourself peace of mind. As you browse through our selection of Transits, know that we’ll support every step with information and assistance tailored specifically for buyers who demand quality service as much as they do top-notch vehicles.

Ford Transit


In the bustling van market, the 2023 Ford Transit emerges as a strong contender, offering impressive features that set it apart from competitors like the Mercedes Sprinter. With its roomier interior, advanced tech amenities, and unparalleled customization options at Celebrity Ford of Toms River, making your business’s fleet both modern and efficient has never been easier.

Revel in the enhanced driving experience provided by optional all-wheel drive or robust 4x4 systems that ensure stability and confidence on any terrain. Take advantage of competitive pricing and financing solutions tailored to suit your budget needs.

Trust in our dedicated team’s expertise to guide you through selecting a van that exceeds expectations while securing value for money. Let Celebrity Ford help accelerate your journey toward owning a top-performing commercial vehicle that drives your business forward.


1. Why is the 2023 Ford Transit considered better than the 2024 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in New Jersey?

The 2023 Ford Transit boasts more cargo space, versatile configurations, and impressive fuel economy that appeal to many in places like Manahawkin and Red Bank over the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

2. What are some standout features of the Ford Transit that might interest buyers in Freehold or Lakewood?

Buyers will appreciate the Ford Transit’s horsepower options, various drivetrain setups, and seating capacity, which caters to diverse needs in areas like Berkeley Township or Stafford Township.

3. Are there different types of Ford Transits available for residents of Little Egg Harbor Township?

Yes! Residents can choose from several models, such as the Passenger Van, Connect Cargo Van, and even an All-Electric E-Transit version catering to a range of preferences and requirements.

4. Is there an electric option available when considering vans like these in New Jersey townships?

The Ford eTransit comes with an electric powertrain that provides eco-friendly transport solutions without compromising on essential van capabilities, perfect for those conscious about their carbon footprint.

5. How does the warranty compare between the 2023 Transit Cargo Van versus the diesel Sprinter van?

Ford offers competitive warranties with its variety of transit vans, including coverage for electric models, compared to Mercedes Benz’s warranty terms on both standard diesel sprinters and their customized versions.


About the author:


Veronica Maoli is the Dealer Principal at Celebrity Ford of Toms River, bringing a lifetime of automotive passion and expertise to the forefront of her work. A Summa Cum Laude graduate from High Point University with a B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and a certified graduate of the NADA Academy, Veronica has been ingrained in the car business from a young age, fueled by her family's deep involvement in the industry.


Her tenure at Celebrity Motor Car Company as Vice President has honed her skills in managing and operating multiple dealerships, emphasizing exceptional customer service and savvy business decision-making. Beyond her automotive pursuits, Veronica is a driven entrepreneur, founding The Maoli Group, LLC, and V-Fee Products, LLC, showcasing her acumen in real estate investment and product development. Her community involvement, notably with the Interfaith Food Pantry, reflects her commitment to making a positive impact.


Veronica's multifaceted career, marked by leadership in business and philanthropy, positions her as a trusted authority in the automotive and entrepreneurial spheres.


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