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5 bad-boy work trucks for heavy hauling

2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van
2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van
  • Price: $36,290
  • GVWR: 8,550 pounds
  • Max. payload: 3,426 pounds
  • Max. towing: 5,000 pounds

There is no blurring of the line between personal use and work with the Sprinter. It's a bare-bones work platform with very little in the way of standard convenience features. For the listed price, it comes with air conditioning, an AM/FM two-speaker audio system and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The standard cargo floor is wood.

There are longer versions, as well as high-roof models that even a six-footer can stand in.

It's up to the buyer to equip it from a wide selection of extra-cost packages, configuring it for specific uses. The $615 premium package, for example, includes power/heated outboard mirrors, cruise control and upgraded seats.

When the 2014s hit showrooms, the standard engine will be a 161-horsepower four-cylinder diesel. The 2013 standard-equipment 188-horsepower six-cylinder diesel will stay on as an option. It makes 325 foot-pounds of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission turns the rear wheels.

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