2019 Ram ProMaster City vs 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris
While the 2019 Ram ProMaster City slots into the compact category, the cargo van puts up a good fight against models competing beyond the segment. The ProMaster City was specially crafted to help keep the cost of ownership low with a series of smart design choices. Today, we’ll put this aspirational cargo hauler to the test when we pit the 2019 Ram ProMaster City against the midsize 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
Though the ProMaster City lands at the top of its segment for payload and cargo capacity, the midsize Metris naturally packs higher payload and cargo specifications. That may be important if maximizing hauling potential is your number one priority, but otherwise, it might not be worth the hefty investment that the Mercedes-Benz Metris demands.
2019 Ram ProMaster City
2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris
|2.4L inline 4-cylinder (178 hp)||Engine||2.0L turbo 4-cylinder (208 hp)|
|21 city / 28 highway||Fuel Economy||21 city / 24 highway|
|Front-wheel drive||Drive Type||Rear-wheel drive|
Comparing the Efficiency of the 2019 Ram ProMaster City and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris
Aside from the pretty substantial $6,655 price hike, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris costs more to maintain in the long run.
Ram was deliberate in its decision to make the 2019 Ram ProMaster City a front-wheel-drive vehicle. While each drivetrain option has its own strengths, the front-wheel-drive configuration means that the van has fewer mechanical parts than the rear-wheel-drive Metris, which requires a rear differential. This means lower maintenance costs in the long run and more money in your pocket.
The Ram ProMaster City also keeps you on the road longer, pairing 28 mpg highway with a class-leading highway driving range of up to 448 miles. The result is significantly less time wasted at the pump. In the Mercedes-Benz Metris, that highway rating caps at 24 mpg.