2019 Nissan NV vs. 2018 Mercedes Metris Cargo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the NV 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 and available rear parking sensors.

The Nissan NV weighs 1595 to 2135 pounds more than the Mercedes Metris Cargo. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


The NV 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 Cargo’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

The NV’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Metris Cargo 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’s warranty.


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.


The NV’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 Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The NV’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 Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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

Brakes and Stopping

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



Metris Cargo

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11 inches

The NV’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 NV has larger tires than the Metris Cargo (245/70R17 vs. 225/55R17).

The Nissan NV’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

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

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

Cargo Capacity

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



Metris Cargo




Max Width



Min Width






Payload and Towing

The NV’s 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 NV offers up to a 9400 lbs. towing capacity.

The NV1500 has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Metris Cargo (2730 vs. 2502 lbs.).

The NV has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Metris Cargo (3860 vs. 2502 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The NV uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Metris Cargo 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.


The NV’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.

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

Optional NissanConnect for the NV SV/SL 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 Cargo doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The NV SV/SL’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 NV 2500-3500 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 Cargo doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.


The Nissan NV outsold the Mercedes Metris by almost two to one during the 2018 model year.

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