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Both the Metris Passenger and the Transit Wagon 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 collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Metris Passenger has a 190-amp alternator. The Transit Wagon’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.
On the EPA test cycle the Metris Passenger gets better fuel mileage than the Transit Wagon RWD with its standard engine (20 city/24 hwy vs. 15 city/19 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Metris Passenger’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
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 Transit Wagon’s standard 65 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 Transit Wagon.
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 Ford Transit Wagon 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 Transit Wagon, 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 Passenger’s turning circle is 6.5 feet tighter than the Transit 150 MWB’s (36.4 feet vs. 42.9 feet). The Metris Passenger’s turning circle is 11.6 feet tighter than the Transit 350’s (36.4 feet vs. 48 feet).
The Mercedes Metris Passenger may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 2350 pounds less than the Ford Transit Wagon.
The Metris Passenger is 1 foot, 3.4 inches shorter than the Transit 150 MWB Medium Roof, making the Metris Passenger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Metris Passenger is 5 feet, 1.5 inches shorter than the Transit 350HD LWB-E.
The Metris Passenger is 5.4 inches narrower than the Transit Wagon, making the Metris Passenger easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The Metris Passenger is 7.9 inches shorter in height than the Transit Wagon, making the Metris Passenger much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).
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 Transit Wagon’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 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 Transit Wagon’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 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 Transit Wagon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
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 Transit Wagon 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 Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
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 Transit Wagon 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 Transit Wagon doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.
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 Transit Wagon.
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