Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Transit Van VS 2016 Mercedes Metris Near Cleveland, GA

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2017 Ford Transit Van

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2016 Mercedes Metris

Safety Comparison

The Transit Van offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Transit Van and the Metris Cargo 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, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

The Ford Transit Van weighs 778 to 2798 pounds more than the Mercedes Metris Cargo. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Transit Van 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Metris Cargo. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Metris Cargo ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Transit Van’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Transit Van’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 67 more horsepower (275 vs. 208) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Transit Van’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 102 more horsepower (310 vs. 208) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Transit Van’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 258) than the Metris Cargo’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Transit Van uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Cargo requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Transit Van has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Metris Cargo (25 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Transit Van has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Transit Van’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Metris Cargo:


Transit Van

Metris Cargo

Front Rotors

12.1 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Transit Van has larger tires than the Metris Cargo (235/65R16 vs. 225/55R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Transit 150 MWB’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Metris Cargo (129.9 inches vs. 126 inches). The Transit 150 LWB’s wheelbase is 21.6 inches longer than on the Metris Cargo (147.6 feet vs. 126 inches).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Transit 250 LWB-E has a much larger cargo area than the Metris Cargo (487.2 vs. 186 cubic feet).

The Transit Van’s cargo area is larger than the Metris Cargo’s in almost every dimension:


Transit 150 MWB

Transit 250 LWB-E

Metris Cargo





Max Width




Min Width








Ergonomics Comparison

The Transit Van offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Transit Van has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Transit Van has standard power remote mirrors. The Metris Cargo only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Transit Van allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Transit Van’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Metris Cargo’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Transit Van offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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