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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Review

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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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2021 Mercedes-Benz
GLC 300

MSRP*: $43,200 to $51,650
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Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $40,608 to $48,551
MPG - City 18 - 23 MPG 21 - 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 MPG 28 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 56.5 ft3
Engine 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Automatic Auto Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 255 hp
Towing Capacity 5,300 - 5,600 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 183.3 - 186.3 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 74.4 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 40.8 in
Rear 37.2 - 37.3 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 38.9 - 39.6 in
Rear 38.3 - 39.6 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. The Ford Explorer will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Explorer as you will with the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Ford Explorer or the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Ford Explorer is much higher than that for the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Ford Explorer, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 for pulling heavy loads. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Ford Explorer transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300.

Utility
The Ford Explorer offers greater seating capacity than the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Explorer is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300.