2019 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van vs. 2018 Mercedes Metris Cargo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ProMaster Cargo Van 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, available daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Ram’s powertrain warranty covers the ProMaster Cargo Van 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 ProMaster Cargo Van’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 over 6 times as many Ram dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the ProMaster Cargo Van’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the ProMaster Cargo Van has larger alternators than the Metris Cargo:

 

ProMaster Cargo Van

Metris Cargo

Standard Alternator

180 amps

175 amps

Optional Alternator

220 amps

190 amps

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the ProMaster Cargo Van has a standard 800-amp battery. The Metris Cargo’s 760-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ram vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ram 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine

The ProMaster Cargo Van’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 72 more horsepower (280 vs. 208) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 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 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Cargo requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The ProMaster Cargo Van has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Metris Cargo (24 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the ProMaster Cargo Van 2500 LWB’s wheelbase is 33 inches longer than on the Metris Cargo (159 inches vs. 126 inches).

Chassis

The ProMaster Cargo Van 1500 SWB is 7 inches shorter than the Metris Cargo, making the ProMaster Cargo Van easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The ProMaster Cargo Van offers optional seating for 3 passengers; the Metris Cargo can only carry 2.

The ProMaster Cargo Van has 3.1 inches more front legroom and 12.6 inches more front shoulder room than the Metris Cargo.

Cargo Capacity

The ProMaster Cargo Van 2500 LWB has a much larger cargo volume than the Metris Cargo (420 vs. 186 cubic feet).

The ProMaster Cargo Van’s cargo area is larger than the Metris Cargo’s in almost every dimension:

 

ProMaster Cargo Van

1500 SWB

ProMaster Cargo Van

3500 Ext. LWB

Metris Cargo

Length

105”

160”

111.5”

Max Width

82.7”

82.7”

66.3”

Min Width

56”

56”

50”

Payload and Towing

The ProMaster Cargo Van’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Metris Cargo’s (5100 vs. 5000 pounds).

The ProMaster Cargo Van 1500 SWB has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Metris Cargo (4000 vs. 2502 lbs.).

The ProMaster Cargo Van has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Metris Cargo (4680 vs. 2502 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The ProMaster Cargo Van (except Diesel) 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.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the ProMaster Cargo Van 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 Cargo doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

In addition to the standard right side sliding door, the Ram ProMaster Cargo Van offers an optional driver’s side rear sliding door. This door simplifies loading and unloading passengers and it allows parents to easily secure two children into child seats. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a driver’s side rear door.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the ProMaster Cargo Van offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional smartphone integration for the ProMaster Cargo Van allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones so they can stay connected 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 ProMaster Cargo Van’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.

Recommendations

The Ram ProMaster outsold the Mercedes Metris by almost five to one during the 2018 model year.

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