2008 Dodge Sprinter Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Dodge Sprinter was new.
The 2008 Dodge Sprinter has more headroom, new features and enough space for a small army. In addition, its extended variations allow for more interior room all around. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram says, "Despite its huge size and utilitarian configuration, the Sprinter passenger van is well-equipped to keep its occupants comfortable." adds, "With a new, taller 'mega' roof than on any other full-size van, the Sprinter gives most basketball players enough room to stand upright in the back." Motor Trend notes the Sprinter's large side-sliding doors "make work stations easy to fit, and the high roof and wide door ease passenger access."
The Sprinter's new features and improved quality are also appreciated. Consumer Guide says: "Sprinter's clearly marked gauges are easy to read at a glance. Materials of industrial-grade, but assembly quality is first rate." The best feature is the large amount of headroom in the seating area. Three different roof types allow for up to seven feet of workspace in the cargo van. The Sprinter also comes with easy-clean, low maintenance seat fabric.
Seating room in the Dodge Sprinter is anything but limited. Three rows of seats allow ample room for large families or small business' needs. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: "Passenger models have seating for up to 10 people, and each seat is the same size, so no one gets cheated. The seats are all designed to accommodate full-size adults." Maneuvering around the cabin should be no trouble for averaged-sized passengers. "It's easy to get to even the rearmost seats," the Fort Worth Star-Telegram continues, "because you can walk to the rear while standing up -- unless you're one of those really tall NBA types."
Getting into the Sprinter should be fairly easy. Consumer Guide says the van's "[t]all design and large side door mean excellent headroom and easy entry and exit." Newsday notes, "The Sprinter has steps cut into the front door openings to help driver and passenger get up and inside the front cabin."
Not only is the Sprinter's cabin spacious, but the seats are cozy. The Kansas City Star writes: "The front bucket seats were quite comfortable for long hours on the road, and they had a wide range of adjustments. Each front seat also has an adjustable inboard armrest." Motor Trend says compared to other passenger vans, "the Sprinter offers more room and, with the 10-passenger version, totes more people in comfort than any stretched conventional van." The only gripe came from Consumer Guide, who thinks the "flat seats" are uncomfortable for long trips.
According to most, the Sprinter offers decent interior features that look and feel more upscale than the van's tradesman roots. Kelley Blue Book says, "The view from behind the wheel reveals a very Mercedes-Benz-like dash, instrument cluster and controls." While a handful of options are available, The Auto Channel still notes "each model includes a long list of standard features." Standard features include wide angle mirrors, a tilt/telescope steering wheel and a triple-flash turn signal. The 2008 Sprinter also offers a number of different consoles, storage compartments and an air-conditioned glove compartment to keep drinks cool.
The 2008 Sprinter's spaciousness also applies to cargo room. The Sprinter has 600 cubic feet of space with the Mega Roof, and according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram "can be used for a large variety of applications." With the high roof, the Sprinter's cargo capacity ranges from 371 cubic feet to 547 cubic feet. But hauling space is confined if all four rows of seats are up and in use. Consumer Guide says the area is "likely insufficient for a full-compliment of passengers and luggage." However, they also mention that cargo space greatens with the larger wheel-base option, saying "More than ample rear storage with 170-inch wheelbase. Small item storage includes under-front-seat drawers and handy, large front-row overhead bins."