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The Metris Passenger offers optional Parktronic™ to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Express doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
The Metris Passenger’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 Express doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Metris Passenger and the Express 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 collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.
A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Metris Passenger’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Express’ camshafts. If the Express’ belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Metris Passenger has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Express.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Metris Passenger has a 190-amp alternator. The Express’ standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
The battery on the Metris Passenger is under the seat, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Metris Passenger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Express’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 6 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.
Regenerative brakes improve the Metris Passenger’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Express doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Metris Passenger 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 Express doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Metris Passenger has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Express doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.
The Metris Passenger’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Express’ standard 75 series tires.
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Metris Passenger has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Express.
For superior ride and handling, the Mercedes Metris Passenger 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 Chevrolet Express has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.
The front and rear suspension of the Metris Passenger uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Express, 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 much better steering response and tighter handling the Metris Passenger has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Express.
The Metris Passenger’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Express doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better maneuverability, the Metris Passenger’s turning circle is 12.8 feet tighter than the Express 2500 135” WB’s (36.4 feet vs. 49.2 feet). The Metris Passenger’s turning circle is 18.1 feet tighter than the Express 3500 155” WB’s (36.4 feet vs. 54.5 feet).
The Mercedes Metris Passenger may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1850 pounds less than the Chevrolet Express.
The Metris Passenger is 1 foot, 9.7 inches shorter than the Express 2500 135” WB, making the Metris Passenger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Metris Passenger is 3 feet, 5.7 inches shorter than the Express 3500 155” WB.
The Metris Passenger is 8.5 inches shorter in height than the Express, making the Metris Passenger much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Metris Passenger. The Express doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Metris Passenger’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Express’ 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 Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 25% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.
The Metris Passenger’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 Express’ 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 Passenger 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 Express can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Metris Passenger has a standard locking fuel door. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Express doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.
The Metris Passenger’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Express’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Metris Passenger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Express doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Metris Passenger offers an optional rear wiper. The Express doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
The Metris Passenger offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Express.
The Metris Passenger’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 Express doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.
The Metris Passenger’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Express doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.
A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Metris Passenger’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Express doesn’t offer a filtration system.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Metris Passenger, 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 Express.
The Metris Passenger’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 Express doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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