To follow up on our competitive comparison of compact cargo vans from early last year, here’s how the various offerings shaped up when all 12 months of 2016 wholesale sales are compiled. We looked individually at model years 2016 and 2015, as these years provide a robust volume of data and include the newest models.

Starting with model-year 2016 vans, the Mercedes-Benz Metris is the clear leader in resale value, which is perhaps unsurprising given its robust level of standard equipment, including a turbocharged engine which beats the next-most-powerful competitive engine by 23 horsepower. The Metris is also the most expensive compact van, with an MSRP $3,750 higher than the next-most-expensive competitor.

The Dodge/Ram ProMaster City performed well, with both the SLT and base trims averaging over $14,000 in 2016. The base model’s performance is especially impressive given its substantial supply in the used market.

The Ford Transit Connect was not far behind the ProMaster City, with all trim levels and wheelbases separated by only about $500. Variations in positioning are due mainly to low volume and mileage differences between the individual trims.

The Nissan NV200S was competitive with the Transit Connect in 2016, which is somewhat notable given its MSRP is lower than the least-expensive Transit Connect by $1,800. 

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Looking at model-year 2015 vans, the Transit Connect takes the top three spots, with these trims separated by only about $200. Again, differences in mileage are responsible for the minor variations.

The ProMaster City again performs competitively, very close to the Transit Connect.

The Chevrolet City Express brought roughly $1,000 less than the Transit Connect and ProMaster City. The City Express’ performance compared to the Nissan NV200S is interesting, given these vehicles are essentially identical save for badging. The Nissan’s MSRP was $1,235 lower than the Chevy’s, which positions that model as the value-leader in the segment.

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There are no clear conclusions to be drawn at this point. MSRP did not play a notable role in resale value, nor did wheelbase or trim level. We will continue to closely monitor this segment of the market and reflect our judgments in our Commercial Truck Guide values.