The 2023 Mercedes Metris is a carryover model. It last received an update in 2021 and it is expected to be the van’s final year, allowing the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and its greater capacity to handle the market needs.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz Metris-Class
The Metris is available in two configurations: Cargo Van and Passenger Van. Prices will vary depending on which configuration you choose. The cargo model starts at $41,955 and the passenger model starts at $45,955.
Both configurations are equipped with the same powertrain. A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and sends it to the rear wheels through a nine-speed automatic. Unlike the larger Transit, all-wheel drive is not offered.
The cargo version earns an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon combined while the passenger van manages one less mpg point.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Cargo Van sits 202.4 inches long and 88 inches wide and its interior is limited to two seats which afford a cargo area of 183 cubic feet. Its 126-inch wheelbase can be extended to 135 inches for $600 which allows for a four-foot by eight-foot sheet to fit between the wheel wells. The payload capacity is an impressive 2,668 pounds. The Passenger Van rides on the shorter of the two wheelbases and offers seating for seven, or eight for an additional $406, provides 35.8 inches of legroom in each row, and 37.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row. A five-passenger configuration is available for credit and opens up the space behind the second row to 97.3 cubic feet. The Cargo Van’s rear doors open a full 270 degrees to tuck close to the body while the Passenger Van’s doors are limited to 180 degrees. A tailgate is offered for $572 on both models.
The Metris is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds and is pre-wired for a brake controller and lighting.
The Metris features automatic emergency braking, crosswind stabilization assist, and driver attention alert. Blind-spot detection can be added for $1,084 through the Safety Package or through the $1,987 Safety Plus Package which also includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and rain-sensing wipers.
The Passenger Van offers the Premium Safety Package ($1,700) and it includes blind spot detection, lane keep assist, and rain-sensing wipers but does without adaptive cruise control.
A digital rearview mirror is available for $632 on both versions.
A seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability is standard and there is a USB port and four speakers. Navigation is offered for $460 in the Cargo Van and included within the Passenger Van’s Driver Efficiency Package.
The Cargo Van is expectedly light on features with 16-inch steel wheels, power windows and locks, cloth seats, a 4.2-inch driver information display, and air conditioning rounding out the list of the most notable items, however, there are several packages and many options that can be added.
Black front and rear bumpers can be painted to match the body side for $393, additional seat padding and lumbar adjustment can be added for $617 through the Driver Comfort Package, and cruise control and fog lights are offered via the Driver Efficiency Package for $789. Heated seats and windshield washers can be had through the $632 Cold Weather Package. The Safety Package (noted above) also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome interior trim details, and heated mirrors.
Mercedes has also partnered with upfitters for various interior layouts and roof racks, allowing the Metris to be ideally suited for its given work or adventure task.
The Passenger Van also has a short standard feature list of the Cargo Van as it is also geared towards business applications. Beyond the additional rows of seats, the Passenger Van receives a driver’s side sliding door, second and third-row windows, rear air conditioning, and a top-hinged tailgate. The Driver Comfort Package is now $894 and further includes comfort suspension tuning and an upgraded passenger seat. The Enhanced AC Package is $1,220 and includes a more powerful system that is automatically controlled. To improve the passenger’s surroundings, the Premium Interior Package can be ordered for $921 to add carpeting, more interior lighting, and chrome interior trim while the Premium Exterior Package ($929) updates the bumpers, adds chrome trim to the grille, and fits black roof rails. Sixteen or seventeen-inch alloy wheels are offered for $366 or $923, respectively. The Electric Sliding Door Package ($1,543) enhances both sliding doors.
The Mercedes-Benz Metris provides a fleet-business approach to the minivan concept making it difficult to compete against the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna while its larger corporate sibling, the Sprinter offers significantly more hauling capability and configurations. The Metris provides a unique alternative for those looking for a more compact option with typical Mercedes-like refinement.