What’s The Best Mercedes-Benz Vehicle For Van Life? Chicago IL
Live Your Best Van Life With A Mercedes-Benz Van
Scroll through any social media platform, and you’ll likely come across the hashtag #VanLife. Under this tag are millions of photos of vans converted into tiny houses, complete with kitchens, beds, and, yes, even bathrooms. At first, you’ll be amazed at how cozy these small living spaces seem, but then you’ll start to wonder: How on earth do they fit all that stuff in a van? The answer is pretty simple: A good, highly customizable vehicle. Now the next question is, where do you find one? If you’re in Chicago, IL, you’re in luck. Mercedes-Benz of Orland Park hosts the best vehicle to kick-start your van life — the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo.
Personalize As You Prefer: Two Roof Heights, Three Lengths
The 2021 Sprinter Cargo earns its reputation as the gold standard for van living thanks to its high customizability. With two roof heights and three lengths to choose from, your possibilities for configuration are limitless. For example, if you’re planning to use your Sprinter for weekend camping trips and other short escapades, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 1500 Cargo with a standard roof and a 144″ wheelbase has ample room for quick getaways. Conversely, if you’re traveling for longer, like going interstate, the 170″ wheelbase of the Sprinter 2500 Cargo can accommodate a couple of small beds and more storage options.
If you’re set on becoming a full-fledged van lifer, go all out with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Cargo with a high roof and a 170″ extended wheelbase. Depending on how you customize it, the Sprinter 3500 Cargo’s usable space of up to 469.4 ft³ can fit a compact kitchen, up to four beds, and a small bathroom. Plus, thanks to its high roof that allows it to have an interior standing height of up to 79.1″, you can freely walk around your van even if you’re well over six feet tall.
Pick Your Power: Gasoline Or Diesel
Although interior space is essential for van life, it’s not the only thing you should consider when looking for a vehicle. Selecting the right engine that suits your new van lifestyle will help you make the most out of your vehicle. For example, if you’re planning to tow an extra trailer with you for more room or to take your adventures to hilly areas, the Sprinter’s three-liter V6 turbo diesel engine is your best bet because it generates more torque of up to 325 lb-ft. Going diesel also increases the likelihood of your engine lasting for many years as its low rpm usage causes less damage over time. Alternatively, if you’re more into stealth camping or think you’ll spend more time on ordinary terrain, the classic two-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine for your Sprinter will do. Plus, gas costs cheaper, so you’ll shell out less money during your stops at the pump.
Choose Your Capability: 4×2 Or 4×4
Much like selecting engines, choosing a drivetrain for your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo all depends on how you’ll use it. If you’re aiming for more fuel efficiency, especially if you’re more of an urban van lifer, opting for the lighter 4×2 chassis helps you save up on fuel costs. In terms of drivability, 4x2s perform well most of the time, but you’ll have to invest in gear like good tires and snow chains to avoid sticky situations. Meanwhile, a 4×4 drivetrain for your 2021 Sprinter Cargo offers more maneuverability on challenging terrains and makes towing much easier, even if you’re hauling up to 7,500 lbs. Visit us at Mercedes-Benz of Orland Park to learn more about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Chicago and get ready to start your van life today.