2019 Kia Sedona vs. 2019 Mercedes Metris Passenger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sedona are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Mercedes Metris Passenger doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The Sedona has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Sedona (except L) offers optional Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Metris Passenger offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Sedona SX/SXL has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Metris Passenger only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Sedona LX/EX/SX/SXL’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sedona 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sedona the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Metris Passenger has not been tested, yet.


The Sedona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Metris Passenger’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sedona 7 years and 64000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Metris Passenger. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Metris Passenger ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Kia dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sedona’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sedona second among minivans in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Metris Passenger isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 12 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.


The Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 68 more horsepower (276 vs. 208) than the Metris Passenger’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Sedona has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Metris Passenger (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


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


Metris Passenger

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sedona has larger tires than the Metris Passenger (235/65R17 vs. 225/55R17).

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Sedona SXL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Metris Passenger’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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


The Kia Sedona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Mercedes Metris Passenger.

Passenger Space

The Sedona has .2 inches more front headroom, 5.1 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 5.3 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear hip room than the Metris Passenger.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sedona’s middle and third row seats recline. The Metris Passenger’s middle and third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Sedona’s available rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sedona’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Sedona’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.


The Sedona 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Sedona 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.

When two different drivers share the Sedona (except L/LX), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Sedona (except L/LX)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sedona’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Mercedes does not offer a locking feature on the Metris Passenger’s standard power windows.

The Smart Key optional on the Sedona (except L) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes Metris Passenger doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sedona has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the Metris Passenger.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Sedona SX/SXL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sedona SXL has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Sedona has standard power 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.

When the Sedona with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Metris Passenger’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Sedona’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Sedona and the Metris Passenger offer available heated front seats. The Sedona also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Metris Passenger.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Sedona SX/SXL keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sedona SX/SXL’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sedona has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sedona EX/SX/SXL has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Sedona SX/SXL. The Sedona’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.

The Sedona SX/SXL has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sedona, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Kia Sedona outsold the Mercedes Metris by over two to one during 2018.

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