2019 Chevrolet Express vs. 2019 Mercedes Metris Passenger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Express are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mercedes Metris Passenger doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

The Express 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Express 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Chevrolet Express weighs 1133 to 1983 pounds more than the Mercedes Metris Passenger. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Express 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 Express’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Metris Passenger’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 Passenger.

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

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Express, 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 Express’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Metris Passenger:

 

Express

Metris Passenger

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

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

Tires and Wheels

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

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Express 2500 135” WB’s wheelbase is 9 inches longer than on the Metris Passenger (135 inches vs. 126 inches). The Express 3500 155” WB’s wheelbase is 29 inches longer than on the Metris Passenger (155 feet vs. 126 inches).

Passenger Space

The Express 3500 155” WB offers optional seating for 15 passengers; the Metris Passenger can only carry up to 8. The Express 2500 135” WB has standard seating for 12.

Cargo Capacity

The Express 2500 135” WB’s cargo area provides more volume than the Metris Passenger.

 

Express

Metris Passenger

Behind Third Seat

92.1 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

216.2 cubic feet

186 cubic feet

The Express 3500 155” WB’s cargo area provides more volume than the Metris Passenger.

 

Express

Metris Passenger

Behind Third Seat

127.2 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

252.8 cubic feet

186 cubic feet

The Express’ cargo area is larger than the Metris Passenger’s in almost every dimension:

 

Express 2500 135” WB

Express 3500 155” WB

Metris Passenger

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

57.4”/89.4”/126.2”

77.5”/109.4”/146”

27.5”/111.5”

Max Width

61.5”

61.5”

61.1”

Min Width

50.4”

50.4”

47.4”

Height

51.8”

51.8”

52.4”

Payload and Towing

The Express’ minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Metris Passenger’s (6100 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Metris Passenger is only 5000 pounds. The Express 2500 135” WB offers up to a 9400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Express has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Metris Passenger (2595 vs. 1896 lbs.).

The Express has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Metris Passenger (3566 vs. 1896 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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

Ergonomics

The Express 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.

The Express’ 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 Passenger does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Optional smartphone integration for the Express 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 Passenger doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Express. The Express’ 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.

The Express 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 Passenger 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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