Originally Posted by avanti
Next to be aware of is the presence or absence of the advanced safety package, ...
To say the same thing in more generalized terms, listen to what the vehicle is telling you in real time. If there's one overriding piece of advice I could give to new Sprinter drivers, that is it.
Our Interstate is built on a 2006 Sprinter, which has some electronic control but which stops way short of the assistive features that are being sold today (apparently). Driving it requires far more situational awareness than a passenger car, as its handling changes significantly depending on conditions (especially wind speed and wind angle). When I drive my minivan, I just get in it and go without much regard to anything. When I get behind the wheel of the Interstate, the first thing I ask mentally is, "What do you need today?" ("you" being the vehicle). Woe to anyone who does not heed the response, but the good news is that the feedback from the vehicle will tell you far more than reading any manual.