2020 Mercedes Metris Passenger vs. 2020 Honda Odyssey

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Safety

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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 Odyssey doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Metris Passenger and the Odyssey 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, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Reliability

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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 Odyssey’s camshafts. If the Odyssey’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Metris Passenger has a standard 190-amp alternator. The Odyssey’s 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 Odyssey’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Metris Passenger’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Odyssey doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes Metris Passenger higher (5 out of 10) than the Honda Odyssey (3). This means the Metris Passenger produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Odyssey every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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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 Odyssey’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Odyssey doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Metris Passenger’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Odyssey (126 inches vs. 118.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Metris Passenger’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the Odyssey’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.6 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Metris Passenger has .3 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room, 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.2 inches more third row headroom, 7.6 inches more third row hip room and 1.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Odyssey.

Cargo Capacity

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The Metris Passenger’s cargo area provides more volume than the Odyssey.

Metris Passenger

Odyssey

Behind Third Seat

38 cubic feet

32.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

88.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

97.3 cubic feet

n/a

Max Cargo Volume

186 cubic feet

144.9 cubic feet

The Metris Passenger’s cargo area is larger than the Odyssey’s in almost every dimension:

Metris Passenger

Odyssey

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

27.5”/111.5”

25”/56”/91”

Max Width

61.1”

50”

Height

52.4”

54”

Towing

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The Metris Passenger’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Odyssey’s (5000 vs. 3000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Metris Passenger is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Odyssey. 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 Honda. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 55% lower rating, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

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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 Odyssey doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Metris Passenger 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 Odyssey has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.

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 Odyssey doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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