2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo vs. 2019 Mercedes Metris Cargo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo

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2019 Mercedes Metris Cargo

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Safety

The Express Cargo has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Express Cargo and the Metris Cargo 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Chevrolet Express Cargo weighs 1003 to 1770 pounds more than the Mercedes Metris Cargo. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Express Cargo 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Metris Cargo. 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 Cargo ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The Express Cargo’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Metris Cargo’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Express. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Metris Cargo.

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Express Cargo’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Express Cargo’s standard 4.3 V6 produces 68 more horsepower (276 vs. 208) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (298 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Express Cargo’s optional 6.0 V8 produces 133 more horsepower (341 vs. 208) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (373 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Express Cargo’s 2.8 turbo diesel produces 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Express Cargo has 12.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Metris Cargo (31 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Express Cargo, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Metris Cargo.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Express Cargo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Metris Cargo:

 

Express Cargo

Metris Cargo

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

The Express Cargo’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Metris Cargo are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Express Cargo has larger tires than the Metris Cargo (245/75R16 vs. 225/55R17).

The Chevrolet Express Cargo’s wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mercedes Metris Cargo only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Express Cargo 2500 135” WB’s wheelbase is 9 inches longer than on the Metris Cargo Standard WB (135 inches vs. 126 inches). The Express Cargo 2500 155” WB’s wheelbase is 20 inches longer than on the Metris Cargo Long WB (155 feet vs. 135 inches).

Passenger Space

The Express Cargo offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the Metris Cargo can only carry 2.

The Express Cargo has .2 inches more front headroom, 5.5 inches more front legroom, 6.6 inches more front hip room and 6.6 inches more front shoulder room than the Metris Cargo.

Payload and Towing

The Express Cargo’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Metris Cargo’s (6900 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Metris Cargo is only 5000 pounds. The Express Cargo 2500 135” WB offers up to a 10,000 lbs. towing capacity.

The Express Cargo has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Metris Cargo (3022 vs. 2370 lbs.).

The Express Cargo has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Metris Cargo (4311 vs. 2425 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The Express Cargo offers an optional under hood light to help in making nighttime maintenance checks, adding fluids, etc. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer an under hood light.

Ergonomics

The Express Cargo 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 Cargo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Express Cargo’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Metris Cargo does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Optional smartphone integration for the Express Cargo allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Express Cargo’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Metris Cargo’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Express Cargo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the dashboard, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Express outsold the Mercedes Metris by almost 10 to one during 2018.

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