Whether equipped for cargo or passenger use, this rear-wheel-drive van can hold a lot. Configured for passengers, the 2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500 170WB holds 187 cubic feet of cargo and four rows of seats for 12 people. It can also be set up to carry 7, 9, or 10 people. The roof height starts at 65 inches, but a higher 76.4-inch roof is available. Aside from its extra cargo room, the 2008 Sprinter 2500 170WB is just like the 144WB. A 154-hp, 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 sits under the hood, matched to a 5-speed shiftable automatic. A 3.5-liter, 254-hp V6 is available.
The van starts out basic, with standard air conditioning, power windows, locks, and mirrors, remote entry, automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic steering, intermittent wipers, and a CD player. A tachometer, temperature readout, and compass sit on the dash. There are front and rear power outlets. Options add on cruise control, a sunroof, heated front seats, rear climate control, a 6-CD player, and a rear window wiper. A manual sliding side door can be replaced with a new power sliding door.
Safety-wise, the 2008 Sprinter 2500 170WB comes well-equipped for a van used as a commercial passenger carrier. The MacPherson strut front and live axle rear suspension ease handling, and a tweaked stability control compensates for the Sprinter's height. Traction control, 16-inch steel wheels with all-season tires, dual front airbags, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, a tire monitor, foglights, halogen lamps, and mirrors with turn signals are all standard. Extra security comes with available parking assist, a rearview camera, side curtain airbags, bi-xenon headlamps, headlight washers, and a breakdown kit.