The 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris midsize commercial van won the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) “Best Commercial Vehicle” award at this year’s TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo™. The two-day event, held at the historic Knibbe Ranch outside San Antonio,Texas, took place on October 8-9, 2015.
Eighty-eight vehicles vied for awards in more than 20 categories during the two-day Truck Rodeo competition at Knibbe Ranch. With 69 members of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association on hand, the 2016 Metris was examined and test driven extensively in the Texas Hill Country. Competing head-to-head against various commercial van offerings, the Metris impressed with itssmooth ride, exclusive safety features, cargo hauling prowess and overall refinement.
Available in both passenger and cargo configurations, the Metris is a new, right-sized van offering from Mercedes-Benz that is larger than small vans and smaller than large vans. Its value proposition includes superior craftsmanship, high cargo/towing capacity and an attractive price. It is designed to thrive in large metropolitan areas with an agile yet spacious presence. The CargoVan starts at $28,950, and the Passenger Van starts at $32,500 (excluding $995 destination/delivery charge for both vans). All Mercedes-Benz Vans feature the advantages of top customer service at dealerships, top levels of safety and ergonomics and exemplary Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), further distinguishing the Metris. Its size and garageability allow this mid-size van to fit easily in parking garages and navigate the streets in busy metropolitan areas. In addition to its sophisticated, sleek design, it carries many of the rugged characteristics of the Sprinter.