The 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris, thanks to its midsize configuration and appealing feature content, is an intriguing alternative to the existing selection of commercial cargo and passenger vans.
The Metris is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg combined (21/24). The Metris has a maximum towing capacity of 4,960 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,502 pounds.
Driving the Metris doesn't evoke images of UPS trucks or plumber vans. Its turning circle is sharp -- you'll easily be able to bring her about across two lanes of opposing traffic -- and its handling is confidence-inspiring, with reassuring body control and precise steering.
There's no confusing the Mercedes-Benz Metris' interior design for anything other than pure van. Unlike what you'd find in a Ford Transit Connect or any minivan, the dash and front passenger compartment are broad, upright and finished with materials that are substantially harder and more industrial than what you'll find in a Mercedes car. At the same time, it actually utilizes much of the same switchgear found in Mercedes cars.
Standard equipment on the Metris Cargo includes 17-inch steel wheels, a passenger-side sliding door, 270-degree opening rear barn doors, automatic headlights, power front windows, power locks, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, fabric upholstery, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a five-speaker sound system with a color display, USB port and media player interface.
The 2016 Metris comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, crosswind assist, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver inattention warning system.