2018 Ram ProMaster City Wagon vs. 2017 Mercedes Metris Passenger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ProMaster City Wagon and the Metris 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, available daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Ram’s powertrain warranty covers the ProMaster City Wagon 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Metris Passenger. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Metris Passenger ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The ProMaster City Wagon’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Metris Passenger runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Ram dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the ProMaster City Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ram vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ram fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ram vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ram 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the ProMaster City Wagon gets better fuel mileage than the Metris Passenger (21 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/23 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ram ProMaster City Wagon uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Passenger requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Ram ProMaster City Wagon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Metris Passenger.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the ProMaster City Wagon’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Metris Passenger:

 

ProMaster City Wagon

Metris Passenger

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Suspension and Handling

The ProMaster City Wagon has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the ProMaster City Wagon flat and controlled during cornering. The Metris Passenger’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis

The Ram ProMaster City Wagon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1200 pounds less than the Mercedes Metris Passenger.

The ProMaster City Wagon is 1 foot, 3.3 inches shorter than the Metris Passenger, making the ProMaster City Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The ProMaster City Wagon has 6.4 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more rear headroom and 1 inch more rear legroom than the Metris Passenger.

Cargo Capacity

The ProMaster City Wagon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The ProMaster City Wagon offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the ProMaster City Wagon has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the ProMaster City Wagon offers an optional rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Metris Passenger only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The ProMaster City Wagon has standard remote mirrors. The Metris Passenger only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the ProMaster City Wagon. The ProMaster City Wagon’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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