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 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

AMG GLC 43 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 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 (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 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.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the GLC (255/65R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Explorer ST/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLC (275/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Explorer ST/Platinum offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GLC’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

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; 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 (119.1 inches vs. 113.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLC.

For greater off-road capability the Explorer has a 2.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC 300 (7.9 vs. 5 inches), allowing the Explorer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Explorer’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the AMG GLC 43 (7.9 vs. 6.7 inches).

Chassis

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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 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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

The Explorer has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLC.

Cargo Capacity

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

Explorer

GLC

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

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

Explorer

GLC

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

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

n.a./36.6”/61.3”

Max Width

59”

49.4”

Min Width

48.1”

43.3”

Height

33.7”

31.1”

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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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 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 fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLC only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Recommendations

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

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