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The Metris Cargo offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Transit Van doesn't offer a collision warning system.
The Metris Cargo offers optional Parktronic™ to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Transit Van doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the Metris Cargo and the Transit Van 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 lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Metris Cargo has a standard 175-amp alternator. The Transit Van’s standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 1 place higher in reliability than Ford.
Regenerative brakes improve the Metris Cargo’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Transit Van doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Metris Cargo offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Transit Van doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes Metris Cargo, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Transit Van.
The Metris Cargo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Transit Van’s standard 65 series tires.
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Metris Cargo has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Transit Van.
For superior ride and handling, the Mercedes Metris Cargo has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Transit Van has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.
The front and rear suspension of the Metris Cargo uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Transit Van, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
For better maneuverability, the Metris Cargo’s turning circle is tighter than the Transit Van’s:
The Mercedes Metris Cargo may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1850 pounds less than the Ford Transit Van.
The Metris Cargo is shorter than the Transit Van, making the Metris Cargo easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:
The Metris Cargo is 6.6 inches narrower on average than the Transit Van, making the Metris Cargo easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The Metris Cargo is 8 inches shorter in height than the Transit Van, making the Metris Cargo much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).
The Metris Cargo’s available liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Transit Van’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.
The Metris Cargo’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Transit Van’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.
If the front windows are left open on the Metris Cargo the driver can close them from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Transit Van can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Metris Cargo to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Transit Van doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Metris Cargo offers an optional rear wiper. The Transit Van doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
The Metris Cargo has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Transit Van only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.
The Metris Cargo’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Transit Van doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
The Metris Cargo’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Transit Van doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Metris Cargo, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Transit Van.
The Metris Cargo’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Transit Van doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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