2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 Mercedes GLC Coupe

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Safety

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Both the Explorer and GLC Coupe have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Explorer has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GLC Coupe’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Explorer has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Explorer ST/Platinum has standard Reverse Brake Assist that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Explorer 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

To help make backing safer, the Explorer’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Explorer and the GLC Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Explorer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLC Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLC Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Explorer has more powerful engines than the GLC Coupe:

Horsepower

Torque

Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

300 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid

318 HP

322 lbs.-ft.

Explorer Platinum 3.0 turbo V6

365 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Explorer ST 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

415 lbs.-ft.

GLC 300 Coupe 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

AMG GLC 43 Coupe 3.0 turbo V6

362 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Explorer Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Explorer V6 Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLC Coupe (20.2 vs. 17.4 gallons).

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Explorer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the GLC Coupe.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Explorer ST’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GLC Coupe:

Explorer

Explorer ST

Explorer ST opt.

GLC Coupe

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.3 inches

13.5 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the GLC Coupe (255/65R18 vs. 235/55R19). The Explorer ST/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC Coupe (275/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Explorer has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GLC Coupe; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the GLC Coupe (119.1 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the GLC Coupe.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Explorer (except 3.3 V6 non-Hybrid) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Explorer Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Explorer has standard seating for 7 passengers; the GLC Coupe can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 6.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLC Coupe.

Explorer

GLC Coupe

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

17.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

49.4 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the GLC Coupe’s in every dimension:

Explorer

GLC Coupe

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

n.a./39.3”/59.6”

Max Width

59”

n/a

Min Width

48.1”

43.3”

Height

33.7”

27.4”

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes GLC Coupe is limited to 3500 pounds. The Explorer offers up to a 5600 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Explorer offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’s exterior PIN entry system. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Explorer has a standard rear wiper. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Model Availability

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The Explorer is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The GLC Coupe doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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The Ford Explorer outsold the Mercedes GLC by almost four to one during 2018.

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