The Mercedes Metris Cargo Van vs. 3 Mid-Sized Competitors in the U.S. Market


After the wave of full-size Sprinter vans hit the U.S. market with success around 2001, automakers began to shift their focus somewhat to the smaller van market. Since then, mid-sized vans have been meeting a growing consumer demand, especially since Ford brought forth the Transit Connect to the U.S. market in 2009. Now, numerous automakers are competing in this smaller van market, which includes the Mercedes Metris. In this article, we’ll compare the Mercedes Metris Cargo Van vs. 3 mid-sized cargo van competitors in the U.S. market.

2016 Mercedes Metris Cargo Van Competitors:

    • 2016 Chevrolet City Express/ Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van
    • 2016 Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van

Chevrolet and Nissan teamed up in 2014, and basically have the same cargo van available with only slight differences in aesthetics, options, and pricing.

Cargo Space and Payload Capacity

When it comes to payload, towing capacity, and cargo space, the Mercedes Metris Cargo Van is the best choice by far between the four mid-sized vans. The Metris has a cargo volume of 186 cu. ft., which is about 52 cu. ft. more than the nearest competitor: Ram ProMaster at 131.7 cu. ft.

The Metris not only has much more space, but also can carry a heavier load than the others with a payload capacity of 2,502 lbs. The nearest competitor is the Ram ProMaster at 1,883 lbs. Also, the Metris has the best towing capacity at 5,000 lbs, compared to the nearest competitor the Ram ProMaster at 2,000 lbs.

MPG and Engines

All of these mid-sized stock cargo vans have 4 cylinder engines, which is one of the benefits of choosing a smaller van in the first place. The Mercedes Metris is much heavier than the others, but this doesn’t translate into worse gas mileage. The Ram ProMaster and Chevy/Nissan both offer better gas mileage at 25 mpg combined total, while the Metris gets 21/24 mpg.

The Metris engine offers the best horsepower and torque with 208 hp and 258 lb-ft, with the Ram ProMaster coming in second with 178 hp and 174 lb-ft. So, the combined MPG total is slightly lower with the Metris, but considering the superior payload and towing capacity, the Metris holds up well in this category.

Starting Prices

These mid-sized cargo vans are all geared toward commercial businesses in the cities of the U.S., therefor, price is a significant factor in determining if the other benefits are worth it for a business’s unique needs.

The most affordable option of the three is the Chevrolet City Express/ NissanNV200 Cargo Vans, which start as low as $20,870. The RamProMaster is the second most affordable option at $23,445, and the Mercedes Metris Cargo Van starts at $28,950.


All three of these mid-sized cargo vans being sold in the U.S. market have their unique benefits. They also have some similarities that include: double sliding doors, 2-wheel drive, modern safety features, and better gas mileage and maneuverability in city driving than full-sized Sprinter cargo vans. Yet, the differences are distinct enough to make a buyer’s choice come down to what they need concerning: space and payload capabilities.

The main point in offering a mid-sized cargo van to the U.S. market is to give commercial businesses in the cities the best alternative to a full-sized Sprinter van. This means businesses will be looking for the mid-sized cargo van that has the most cargo space and payload capacity, while still being small enough to fit into a standard garage, navigate easily around the city, and get great gas mileage. In these regards, the Mercedes Metris Cargo Van is the best choice by far; the extra money spent is worth the capabilities it provides commercial businesses, which can’t be matched in the mid-sized cargo van market in the U.S.

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