2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Review – Real Van Living

2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van

2.0-liter turbocharged I4 (208 hp @ 5000 rpm, 258lb/ft. @ 1250 rpm)

Seven-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive

21 city / 24 highway / 22 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

21.3 (observed mileage, MPG)

11.5 city / 9.8 highway / 10.7 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

Base Price: $32,395 US / $39,100 CAN

As Tested: $39,001 US / $46,359 CAN

Prices include $1195 destination charge in the United States. Canadian pricing without destination/delivery charges, as these are dealer defined and, as such, vary.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of people who spend the majority of their days in a van of some sort. I’m not talking about the beautiful people on social media hashtagging their rebranding of the Seventies-era shaggin’ wagon as “vanlife.” I’m talking about tradespeople, for whom a van is as important a tool as a hammer or pipe wrench.

For most of my working life, I’ve worked alongside these van drivers — I’ve been selling various products to these workers for the better part of two decades. I’ve noticed over the years that the variety of vans has expanded recently. Where the parking lot of whatever supply house was once filled with cookie cutter vans from the Detroit Three — occasionally dotted with repurposed minivans — these days any variety of tall, Euro-styled boxes-on-wheels might greet me.

The Sprinter was the leader of this new vanguard, with workers praising improved driving dynamics and improved space efficiency. Now a smaller model comes, the Mercedes-Benz Metris, to deliver much of those improvements in a more city-friendly package. Can this sturdier (not-so)minivan replace the stalwarts?

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