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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Chrysler Voyager 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.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Voyager offers optional Rear Park Assist with Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
To help make backing safer, the Voyager’s optional 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 Voyager 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 blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.
Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the Voyager 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.
There are over 6 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Voyager’s warranty.
The Voyager’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 79 more horsepower (287 vs. 208) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 258) than the Metris Passenger’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Voyager gets better fuel mileage than the Metris Passenger (19 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/23 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler Voyager uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Passenger requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chrysler Voyager higher (7 out of 10) than the Mercedes Metris Passenger (5). This means the Voyager produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Metris Passenger every 15,000 miles.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chrysler Voyager, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Metris Passenger.
For better stopping power the Voyager’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Metris Passenger:
For better traction, the Voyager has larger tires than the Metris Passenger (235/65R17 vs. 225/55R17).
The Voyager has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Voyager flat and controlled during cornering. The Metris Passenger’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Chrysler Voyager may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 pounds less than the Mercedes Metris Passenger.
The Voyager uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Voyager has .5 inches more front headroom, 5.3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more third row legroom than the Metris Passenger.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Voyager’s middle and third row seats recline. The Metris Passenger’s middle and third row seats don’t recline.
The Voyager’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
The Voyager LX 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.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Voyager 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 Voyager (except Touring/Hybrid Touring L), the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Voyager Limited non-Hybrid’s standard 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 Voyager’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 Voyager’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Metris Passenger’s parking brake has to released manually.
The Voyager’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Mercedes does not offer a locking feature on the Metris Passenger’s standard power windows.
Keyless-Enter-N-Go standard on the Voyager allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before 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.
The Voyager’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Metris Passenger’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Voyager has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the Metris Passenger.
The Voyager 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 Voyager’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mercedes charges extra for heated mirrors on the Metris Passenger.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Voyager Limited 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 Voyager LX’s optional 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 Voyager 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.
The Voyager was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Metris Passenger has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.
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