• 2017 Mercedes Metris: Top Five Things We Love & Hate Review (Video)


    2017 2018 mercedes benz metris van shuttle family midsize minivan
    2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris

    What is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Metris? Is it a minivan for families? Is it a commercial cargo vehicle? Is it a commercial shuttle vehicle. Mercedes designed it to be versatile. Team TFL has a couple of different views on how the Metris can be best used.

    It is a “midsize” van with a spacious cabin for seven or eight people. Does it mean that it competes directly against the minivan leaders: Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Dodge Caravan? Not exactly. The Metris passenger van you see here is far more utilitarian and more spacious than a common minivan. Seven or eight adults can comfortably sit inside the Mercedes in more upright (shuttle van) position.

    The driver can enjoy a relatively quick and efficient engine/transmission combination. It’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged four with a rating of 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic. The chassis and the suspension of this rear-wheel-drive people hauler strikes an even balance between comfort and spirited performance.

    Does it mean that we love everything about the Metris? No. In fact, there are several items we strongly dislike. Take a look at the video to get all of the good and the bad in this team review.


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    15 thoughts on “2017 Mercedes Metris: Top Five Things We Love & Hate Review (Video)

    1. 1. Will it fit in any parking garage?
      2. Can I easily install and remove a partition that protects me from my cargo?

      1. Yes, and sort of yes. The Cargo version has a partition available, but I think the interior gets in the way on the passenger van.

      1. By being a much smaller mid-size van. the closest thing we’ve had in America are the long gone VW Multivan, the trusty (and still omnipresent) Astro/Safari and the odd duck Aerostar.

    2. I thought this was The Fast Lane “Truck”…. it’s a van… Not a truck. I’ll accept “A slow day at the office for truck news.”, Andre. It’s ok. 😉

    3. Completely off topic…………I hate the popup ads at the bottom of the page. I understand that TFL needs ads for money but it’s exceptionally annoying and tempts me to turn on Ad-Blocker. I won’t do that but I wanted my opinion to be heard. The other ads are fine though.

    4. I own a 2016 Metris passenger with virtually every available option. That doesn’t make it luxurious, but it makes it MUCH more refined looking outside than the one in this video: body colored bumpers, 16″ alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear lift gate (as opposed to the barn doors), rear view camera, towing package, heated front seats with power lumbar control, dual a/c units (additional one in the back) and high output alternator and aux battery. Mine also has the faux leather, which looks (and wears) quite nice. With every option box checked, this tops out at around $45k.

      I agree with the criticism of the small mirrors. And the rear view camera, while mounted high on the lift gate, is aimed awfully low. Two cup holders in the third row, but none in the second, is odd. A local car stereo outfitter mentioned that it could easily fashion a matching carpeted console between the front seats that could add cup holders. I had the mobile audio folks install a 3,000 watt continuous/6,000 watt peak pure sine wave power inverter, so I can run audio gear at events where I am not near a power supply.

      This thing drives like a dream. Seats are heavy, but come in and out easily once you have an assistant and know the routine. And once out, they leave a marvelously boxy space that is SOOOO much greater than any minivan interior. Yet this vehicle has essentially the same footprint and still fits into a 7-foot garage overhead door.

      Mercedes is building a plant to produce these domestically (to avoid the insane assembly in Spain/disassembled to ship to the U.S./reassembled in the U.S. to avoid the chicken tax, which imposes a 25% tariff on imported light trucks). Once these start coming off a U.S. assembly line, I’d love to see an option for a $50k soft-touch-trimmed, premium audio, modern infotainment version. These are SOOO much better suited for hauling adults and long-legged teenagers that it would be great to see the option to equip them to more directly compete against the established family haulers.

    5. A common van for a common man.

      Seems like you can get more for 35000 in domestic van then you can for this van. Idk I’m not into vans so I could be all wrong.

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