2020 Ford Transit Wagon vs. 2019 Mercedes Metris Passenger

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Safety

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The Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Transit Wagon 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, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

The Ford Transit Wagon weighs 700 to 2350 pounds more than the Mercedes Metris Passenger. 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 Wagon 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.

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

Reliability

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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.

Engine

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The Transit Wagon’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 67 more horsepower (275 vs. 208) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the Metris Passenger’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Transit Wagon’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 Passenger’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Transit Wagon’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 258) than the Metris Passenger’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 Wagon uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Passenger requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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

The Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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

The Ford Transit Wagon’s wheels have 6 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

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Transit 150 MWB Low Roof’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Metris Passenger (129.9 inches vs. 126 inches). The Transit 350 LWB Low Roof’s wheelbase is 21.6 inches longer than on the Metris Passenger (147.6 feet vs. 126 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Transit 350 LWB offers optional seating for 15 passengers; the Metris Passenger can only carry up to 8. The Transit 150 MWB offers optional seating for 10.

Cargo Capacity

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The Transit 150 MWB’s cargo area provides more volume than the Metris Passenger.

Transit Wagon

Metris Passenger

Behind Third Seat

94.2 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

151.8 cubic feet

97.3 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

224.5 cubic feet

186 cubic feet

The Transit 350 LWB’s cargo area provides more volume than the Metris Passenger.

Transit Wagon

Metris Passenger

Behind Third Seat

124.5 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

171.7 cubic feet

97.3 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

245.1 cubic feet

186 cubic feet

The Transit 350HD LWB-E’s cargo area provides more volume than the Metris Passenger.

Transit Wagon

Metris Passenger

Behind Third Seat

230 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

301.7 cubic feet

97.3 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

414.1 cubic feet

186 cubic feet

The Transit Wagon’s cargo area is larger than the Metris Passenger’s in every dimension:

Transit 150 MWB

Transit 350HD LWB-E

Metris Passenger

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

124”

170.2”

27.5”/111.5”

Min Width

53.7”

53.7”

47.4”

Height

52.8”

77”

52.4”

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Metris Passenger is limited to 5000 pounds. The Transit Wagon offers up to a 5100 lbs. towing capacity.

The Transit 150 has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Metris Passenger (3000 vs. 1896 lbs.).

The Transit Wagon has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Metris Passenger (3000 vs. 1896 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Transit Wagon (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 Passenger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Transit Wagon 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.

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

The Transit Wagon’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 Passenger’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Transit Wagon 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.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Transit Wagon. The Transit Wagon’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 Transit Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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The Ford Transit outsold the Mercedes Metris by over sixteen to one during 2018.

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