2020 Mercedes Metris Cargo vs. 2020 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

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Safety

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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 ProMaster Cargo Van doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Metris Cargo’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a lane departure 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 ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Metris Cargo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Metris Cargo and the ProMaster Cargo 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

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 Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 21st.

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 Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 9 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Metris Cargo’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The ProMaster Cargo 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 ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the Metris Cargo has Touch Shift, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. Touch Shift allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

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 ProMaster Cargo Van.

Tires and Wheels

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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 ProMaster Cargo Van’s standard 75 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 ProMaster Cargo Van.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Ram ProMaster Cargo 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 ProMaster Cargo 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Metris Cargo Standard WB’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the ProMaster 1500 SWB (126 inches vs. 118 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Metris Cargo Long WB’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the ProMaster 1500 MWB’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes Metris Cargo may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 800 pounds less than the Ram ProMaster Cargo Van.

The Metris Cargo is 5.4 inches narrower than the ProMaster Cargo Van, making the Metris Cargo easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The Metris Cargo is 16.5 inches shorter in height than the ProMaster Cargo Van, making the Metris Cargo much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

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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 ProMaster Cargo Van’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Metris Cargo is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the ProMaster Cargo Van. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ram. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With an 87% lower rating, Ram is ranked 29th.

Ergonomics

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The Metris Cargo’s standard tilting steering column adjusts to different sized drivers and makes entering and exiting easier. Ram doesn’t offer tilt steering on the ProMaster Cargo Van.

The Metris Cargo’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The ProMaster Cargo Van’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 ProMaster Cargo Van can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Metris Cargo has a standard locking fuel door. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Metris Cargo’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The ProMaster Cargo Van’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 ProMaster Cargo 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 ProMaster Cargo 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 ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 ProMaster Cargo 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 ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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 ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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