2017 Sprinter Metris Passenger vs. 2016 Nissan NV Passenger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Metris Passenger has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer child safety locks.

The Metris Passenger offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The NV Passenger doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Metris Passenger’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Metris Passenger’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Metris Passenger and the NV Passenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.


To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Metris Passenger has a standard 190-amp alternator. The NV Passenger’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Metris Passenger has a standard 850-amp battery. The NV Passenger’s 650-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Metris Passenger is under the seat, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Metris Passenger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The NV Passenger’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the Metris Passenger’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Metris Passenger offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The NV Passenger doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Sprinter Metris Passenger higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Nissan NV Passenger (1 to 2). This means the Metris Passenger produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the NV Passenger every 15,000 miles.


For more complete vehicle control the Metris Passenger has Touch Shift, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. Touch Shift allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Sprinter Metris Passenger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a five-speed automatic is available for the NV Passenger.

Tires and Wheels

The Metris Passenger’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NV Passenger’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Sprinter Metris Passenger has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Nissan NV Passenger has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The front and rear suspension of the Metris Passenger uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the NV Passenger, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Metris Passenger has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the NV Passenger.

The Metris Passenger’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Metris Passenger’s turning circle is 8.8 feet tighter than the NV Passenger’s (36.4 feet vs. 45.2 feet).


The Sprinter Metris Passenger may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1850 to 2050 pounds less than the Nissan NV Passenger.

The Metris Passenger is 3 feet, 2.2 inches shorter than the NV Passenger, making the Metris Passenger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Metris Passenger is 9.6 inches shorter in height than the NV Passenger, making the Metris Passenger much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The Metris Passenger has 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more third row headroom than the NV Passenger.

Cargo Capacity

The Metris Passenger’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The NV Passenger’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.

Servicing Ease

The Metris Passenger has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The NV Passenger doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.


The Metris Passenger’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the NV Passenger.

The Metris Passenger’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The NV Passenger’s optional passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the front windows are left down on the Metris Passenger the driver can raise them using the keyless remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor); on a hot day the driver can lower the front windows. The driver of the NV Passenger can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Metris Passenger’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the NV Passenger.

In addition to the right side sliding door, the Sprinter Metris Passenger has a driver’s side rear sliding door. This door simplifies loading and unloading passengers and it allows parents to easily secure two children into child seats. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a driver’s side rear door.

The Metris Passenger’s optional power side sliding doors make it much easier to load and unload kids and cargo. One touch opens the door, before you even get to the van. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a power rear door.

The Metris Passenger has a standard locking fuel door. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Metris Passenger’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The NV Passenger’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Metris Passenger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Metris Passenger has a standard rear wiper. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Metris Passenger has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Metris Passenger’s optional power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The NV Passenger’s optional power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Metris Passenger, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the NV Passenger.

The Metris Passenger’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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