2020 Ford Transit Van vs. 2020 Mercedes Metris Cargo

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Safety

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The Transit Van has standard Automatic 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 Cargo 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 Transit Van has standard Post-Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Transit Van offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

To help make backing safer, the Transit Van’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 Cargo doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Transit Van offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Transit 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, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

The Ford Transit Van weighs 698 to 1838 pounds more than the Mercedes Metris Cargo. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Transit 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 Transit 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 almost 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Transit Van’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Transit Van has a standard 250-amp alternator (500-amp - Transit Van optional). The Metris Cargo’s standard 175-amp alternator and largest (optional) 190-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Transit Van’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 67 more horsepower (275 vs. 208) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Transit Van’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 102 more horsepower (310 vs. 208) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Transit Van’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 2 more horsepower (210 vs. 208) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Transit Van has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Metris Cargo (25 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Transit Van has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A ten-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Transit Van, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Metris Cargo.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Transit Van

Metris Cargo

Front Rotors

12.1 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11 inches

The Transit T-350HD’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

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For better traction, the Transit Van has larger tires than the Metris Cargo (235/65R16 vs. 225/55R17).

The Ford Transit Van’s wheels have 6 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

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Transit Van’s wheelbase is longer than on the Metris Cargo:

Transit Van

Metris Cargo

SWB Van

129.9 inches

126 inches

LWB Van

147.6 inches

135 inches

Passenger Space

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The Transit T-150 MWB has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 5.5 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room and 5.7 inches more front shoulder room than the Metris Cargo Standard WB.

The Transit T-150 LWB has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 5.5 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room and 5.7 inches more front shoulder room than the Metris Cargo Long WB.

Cargo Capacity

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The Transit T-150 MWB has a much larger cargo volume than the Metris Cargo Standard WB (246.7 vs. 183 cubic feet).

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

Transit T-150 MWB

Transit T-250 LWB-E

Metris Cargo

Standard WB

Metris Cargo

Long WB

Length

126”

172.2”

111.5”

120.5”

Max Width

70.2”

70.2”

66.3”

66.3”

Min Width

54.8”

45.4”

50”

50”

Height

56.9”

81.5”

55”

55”

Payload and Towing

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The Transit Van’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Metris Cargo’s (6600 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Metris Cargo is only 5000 pounds. The Transit Van offers up to a 6900 lbs. towing capacity.

The Transit T-150 has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Metris Cargo Standard WB (3670 vs. 2425 lbs.).

The Transit Van has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Metris Cargo (4640 vs. 2425 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Transit 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 Transit 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 case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Transit Van’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Metris Cargo’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Transit Van’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Metris Cargo’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

The Transit Van has standard power remote mirrors. The Metris Cargo 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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Transit Van offers an optional Adaptive 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 Cargo doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Transit 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.

The Transit Van offers an optional 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.

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The Ford Transit outsold the Mercedes Metris by almost sixteen to one during the 2019 model year.

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