2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review: A very tall luxury car

Yep, that’s a van, all right. A tall one, too.


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You know how something becomes virtually invisible after you see it often enough? That’s the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in a nutshell. Take some time to look around, and you’ll notice an army of Sprinters crawling your local roadways, whether they’re delivering packages or carrying roofing materials to a job site. These workhorses are ubiquitous for a reason: They’re really, really good at what they do. And with a new generation now in the wild, the Sprinter makes an even better case for itself.

Like

  • Versatile and capable
  • Abundant standard safety
  • Excellent infotainment

Don’t Like

  • Mercedes-Benz pricing
  • MBUX lacks a couple key upgrades

New look, same capabilities

Mercedes-Benz’s vans don’t stray too far from the rest of the family in terms of style. Most of that is apparent in the front end, which picks up slimmer headlights that more closely resemble the peepers on other Mercs. My tester’s unpainted lower body panels actually look pretty boss against glossy black paint — and besides, it’s a work vehicle, why paint the bumpers if they’re just going to get dinged up? The black steel wheels are pretty badass, too.

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Second stimulus check for $1,200? $2,000? How much would you really get?

Should we expect a new payment if Congress passes a second stimulus package this summer?


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Congress, eyeing a US economy slowed by coronavirus closures, looks poised to sign off on another financial relief package this summer — and with it, a second stimulus check. For those struggling to make ends meet, the question is, how much will Congress allocate to a new stimulus payment for the summer?

“I’ll be unveiling something, which will be a starting place, in a few weeks,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday about a new stimulus package. And a new payment for individuals and families “could well be part of it,” he added.

As for the money? While the Senate remains tight-lipped, other proposals range from a single $1,200 payment up to $2,000 per month through the end of the pandemic. Read on for what we’re hearing. And here’s more information on when we think Washington will reach a decision and who might qualify for a second stimulus check if a new economic bill passes.

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