2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy


2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

ST 3.0 turbo V6

18 city/24 hwy

AMG GLE 43 Coupe


3.0 turbo V6

17 city/22 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Explorer Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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 AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


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 AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Tires and Wheels

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (119.1 inches vs. 114.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (7.9 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Ford Explorer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 600 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

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 AMG GLE 43 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 AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Explorer has standard seating for 7 passengers; the AMG GLE 43 Coupe can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.


AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


23 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

60.7 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Explorer’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.


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 AMG GLE 43 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 AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Explorer has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

The Explorer is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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