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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 vs. 2021 Ford Explorer Review

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

2020 Mercedes-Benz
GLE 350

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New 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*
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$54,250 to $56,750
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$32,225 to $54,480
Invoice* $50,995 to $53,345 $31,258 to $52,301
MPG - City 19 18 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 24 - 28
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 7 7
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested *****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**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
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.

Convenience
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Ford Explorer, making it more convenient to drive.

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). The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is somewhat more expensive than the Ford Explorer. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Ford Explorer.

Dimensions
Since the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is much slimmer than the Ford Explorer, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is slightly shorter than the Ford Explorer, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Ford Explorer.

Performance
The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 has a little less horsepower than the Ford Explorer.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 and the Ford Explorer.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 than that of the Ford Explorer.