2019 Nissan NV Passenger vs. 2019 Mercedes Metris Passenger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the NV Passenger 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 and available front and rear parking sensors.

The Nissan NV Passenger weighs 1860 to 2121 pounds more than the Mercedes Metris Passenger. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The NV Passenger comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Metris Passenger’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

The NV Passenger’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 almost 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the NV Passenger’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 3 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

The NV Passenger’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 53 more horsepower (261 vs. 208) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 258) than the Metris Passenger’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The NV Passenger’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 167 more horsepower (375 vs. 208) and 129 lbs.-ft. more torque (387 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 Nissan NV Passenger uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Passenger requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The NV Passenger has 9.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Metris Passenger (28 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

NV Passenger

Metris Passenger

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11 inches

The NV Passenger’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 Passenger are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the NV Passenger has larger tires than the Metris Passenger (245/70R17 vs. 225/55R17).

The Nissan NV Passenger’s 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

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the NV Passenger’s wheelbase is 20.1 inches longer than on the Metris Passenger (146.1 inches vs. 126 inches).

Passenger Space

The NV Passenger has standard seating for 12 passengers; the Metris Passenger can only carry up to 8.

The NV Passenger has 3.2 inches more front headroom, 6.2 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 4.9 inches more rear hip room, 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.7 inches more third row legroom, 11.2 inches more third row hip room and 5.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Metris Passenger.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

NV Passenger

Metris Passenger

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

51.7”/86.1”/120.7”

27.5”/111.5”

Max Width

64.4”

61.1”

Min Width

52.1”

47.4”

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

Payload and Towing

The NV Passenger’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Metris Passenger’s (6200 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Metris Passenger is only 5000 pounds. The NV Passenger offers up to a 8700 lbs. towing capacity.

The NV Passenger has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Metris Passenger (2800 vs. 1896 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The NV Passenger uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Metris Passenger uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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

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

The NV Passenger 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.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard 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.

Optional NissanConnect for the NV Passenger (not available S) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet 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 NV Passenger (except S). The NV Passenger’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 NV Passenger SV/SL 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.

Recommendations

The Nissan NV outsold the Mercedes Metris by over two to one during 2018.

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