The full-size and compact cargo van segment continues to be key for fleets. Venerable models, such as the Ford E-Series, continue to be offered alongside new offerings such as the Ford Transit (which is set to replace the iconic E-Series) and MINI Clubvan, the smallest cargo van in the segment, giving fleet managers options in terms of engines, cargo, and payload capacities.

The 2014 model-year will see a number of new and refreshed models from Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan.

Form Follows Function

As a side-by-side comparison attests, every cargo van in today’s market has unique benefits that can fit almost any fleet’s spec sheet. The comparison chart, which includes select 2014 models, also gives an indication of the direction the segment is going with both varied capacities and an emphasis on European styling.

Click here for a full PDF, which includes the comparison chart.

Make/Model2014 Ford Transit Connect2013 Nissan NV2002013 Ram C/V2013 MINI Cooper Clubvan
Available Engines (HP, Torque) 2.5L I-4, (N/A, N/A), 1.6 EcoBoost I-4, (N/A, N/A) 2.0L I-4 (131, 139) 3.6L V-6 (283, 260) 1.6L I-4 (121, 114)
Transmission 6-speed automatic CVT automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed manual or automatic
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Brakes Front disc and rear drum brakes with ABS Front disc and rear drum brakes with ABS Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 105.0-130.0 122.7 144.4 30.3
Fuel Tank (gallons) 15.8 14.5 20 13.2
Wheelbase (inches) 104.8-120.6 115.2 121.2 100.3
Overall Length (inches) 173.9-189.7 186.3 202.8 155.9
Overall Width (inches) 84.1 68.1 78.7 66.3
Overall Height (inches) 72.5-72.8 73.7 69 56.1
Leg Room (inches) 40.3 42.6 40.7 41.7
Head Room (inches) 46.9 41.7 39.8 39
Hip Room (inches) 54.6 51.3 58.4 N/A
Shoulder Room (inches) 57.7 54.1 63.7 50.3
Wheel Size 16 inch 15 inch 16 inch 15 inch
Maximum GVWR (lbs.) N/A 4,718 6,050 N/A
Maximum Towing (lbs.) 2,000 N/A 3,600 N/A
Payload (lbs.) 1,700 1,477-1,500 1,800 816
Make and Model2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana2013 Ford E-Series2014 Ford Transit2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter2013 Nissan NV2014 Ram ProMaster
Available Engines (HP, Torque) 4.3L V-6 (195, 260); 4.8L (280, 295); 5.3L V-8 (310, 334); 6.0L V-8 (324, 373) 6.6L V-8 (260, 525) 4.6L V-8 (225, 286), 5.4L V-8 (255, 350), 6.8L V-10 (305, 420 3.7L V-6 (N/A, N/A), 3.5L V-6 (N/A, N/A), 3.L I-5 (N/A, N/A) BlueTEC V-6 (188, 325) 4.0L V-6 (261, 281), 5.6L V-8 (317, 385) 3.6L V-6 280, 258), 3.0L I-4 (174, 295)
Transmission 4- or 6-speed automatic 4- or 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 5-speed automatic 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Drivetrain Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Brakes Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS N/A
Cargo Volume (cubic feet) N/A N/A 246.0-487.0 318.0-547.0 234.1-323.1 N/A
Fuel Tank (gallons) 31 33.0-55.0 26 26.4 28 N/A
Wheelbase (inches) 135.0-155.0 138.0-176.0 129.9-147.6 144.0-170.0 146.1 118.0-159.0
Overall Length (inches) 224.0-244.0 216.7-261.1 219.9-266.1 232.5-289.2 240.6 195.0-248.0
Overall Width (inches) 79.2 79.4-94.9 98.1 79.7 79.9 82.7
Overall Height (inches) 81.5-83.7 80.0-85.0 83.5-109.2 96.3-110.8 83.9-106.0 90-101
Leg Room (inches) 41.3 40 N/A N/A 42 N/A
Head Room (inches) 39.8 42 N/A N/A 42.8-63.6 N/A
Hip Room (inches) 65.5 65.6 N/A N/A 60.6 N/A
Shoulder Room (inches) 68.8 68.1 N/A N/A 65.7 N/A
Wheel Size 16-17 inches 16 inch 16 inch 16 inch 17 inch N/A
Maximum GVWR (lbs.) 7,300-9,600 N/A N/A 8,550-11,030 8,550-9,900 8,550-9,350
Maximum Towing (lbs.) 6,500-10,000 5,600-10,000 N/A 5,000-7,500 7,000-9,500 N/A
Payload (lbs.) 1,995-4,187 N/A N/A 2,873-5,415 2,590-3,925 3,794-5,189

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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