Comparison - Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class 2017 - vs - Ford Explorer Platinum 2020

General

Other Names:

Also called:

GL-Class

Also called:

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Average Price: 
74,929
Updated: 
01 Dec 2016
$
58,250
Updated: 
19 Sep 2019
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2016
2020
Total Seating: 
7
6
Transmission: 
9-speed Shiftable Automatic
10-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
no
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
26.40gals
21.80gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Black
#000000
Dakota Brown Metallic
#403524
Diamond Silver Metallic
#C5CDD2
Iridium Silver Metallic
#ADB1B2
Lunar Blue Metallic
#18294B
Obsidian Black Metallic
#211810
Palladium Silver Metallic
#888785
Polar White
#E1E0DE
Steel Grey Metallic
#6A7575
designo Cardinal Red Metallic
#A02C32
designo Diamond White Metallic
#EDE4D7
Color: 
Magnetic Gray Metallic
#727476
Star White Metallic Tri-coat
#FDFFFB
Blue Diamond Metallic
#264154
Rich Copper Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
#4A1414
Lucid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
#E60E28
Silver Spruce Metallic
#B1BBB1
Agate Black Metallic
#303030
Iconic Silver Metallic
#C7CAD0

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The GLS-Class officially makes its debut for 2017, though it's really a slightly revised version of the outgoing GL-Class. Highlights include modified exterior styling, a newly standard nine-speed automatic transmission (except on the AMG GLS 63) and a touchpad-operated infotainment system with a larger screen and available Apple CarPlay. Also, all engines except the GLS450's turbocharged V6 get a bit more horsepower this year.

Pros
Third row is large enough for adults
Spirited acceleration with any of the three gasoline engines
Impressive fuel economy with the diesel engine
Quiet cabin with high-end trimmings and features.

Cons
Diesel-powered model feels relatively slow when passing and merging
Big price jump from the six-cylinder models to the V8-powered versions.

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS gets the first-class upgrade along with its name change—and a Maybach edition is waiting in the wings.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class marks a significant, mid-cycle upgrade for what was previously knew as the GL-Class. As part of a nomenclature change sweeping the entire brand, each of the German luxury maker's sport-utility vehicles has received new badging and a full or partial makeover to bring the lineup into more obvious parallels with its sedans—so this large, three-row SUV becomes the GLS, to align it with the largest S-Class sedan. Hence the S in its new name.

Pros
Spacious, flexible interior
Rugged-lux, with some added panache
Great set of safety, infotainment features

Cons
Not an entirely new vehicle
Some switchgear looks dated
Cumbersome COMAND interface

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class ranks 1 out of 8 Luxury Large SUVs. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS hits most of the right notes for a large SUV. It boasts a supple ride, three powerful engine choices, three rows of roomy seats, and the same level of luxury that has come to be synonymous with the brand. However, the GLS has fewer standard features than many rivals do, and its available V8 engines are less fuel-efficient than those offered by many competitors.

Pros
Powerful engine lineup
Smooth ride
Three rows of spacious seats

Cons
Fewer features than some rivals
V8 engines get subpar fuel economy

By: 
usnews.com

The Ford Explorer is fully redesigned for 2020.Part of the sixth Explorer generation introduced for 2020.The 2020 Ford Explorer comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 10-speed shiftable automatic.

Pros
Increased passenger space and cargo room
Rear-wheel-drive platform improves handling and towing
Additional tech and driver assistance features

Cons
Maximum seating capacity is seven, and most are equipped to seat six
The price can get frighteningly expensive in a hurry
Interior materials could be better in the higher trims
Not enough USB ports

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.

Pros
Great ride and handling
Attractive profile, styling
Soft, nicely detailed cabin
Quiet interior

Cons
Cramped third row
Sluggish/drab infotainment
Hybrid emphasizes capability, not mpg

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2020 Ford Explorer ranked #18 in Midsize SUVs. Currently the Ford Explorer has a score of 7.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 11 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Impressive standard safety and tech features
Broad, airy cabin
Lots of cargo space
Lineup of powerful, refined engines

Cons
Bland interior in lower trims
So-so upgraded infotainment system

By: 
usnews.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Diesel
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
18.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
24.00mpg
Engine type: 
Diesel
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
24
Cylinders: 
6
V
6
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.00L
3.00L
Torque: 
455ft-lbs
at 1 600rpm
380ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
Horsepower: 
255hp
at 3 600rpm
365hp
at 5 500rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
40.70Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
yes
Side view Camera: 
no
yes
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)*
Roadside Assistance*
Destination Download*
Concierge Service*
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
Manual rear seat easy entry
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Heated Steering Wheel
Automatic Parking Assist

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
201.60in
198.80in
Width: 
84.30in
78.90in
Height: 
72.80in
70.20in
Ground Clearance: 
8.50in
8.20in
Front Track: 
66.90in
Rear Track: 
66.90in
Wheel Base: 
121.10in
119.10in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
41.20
38.90
Rear Head Room: 
40.00
38.20
Front Leg Room: 
40.30in
43.00in
Rear leg room: 
38.50in
39.00in
Front Hip Room: 
59.20in
Front Shoulder Room: 
58.50in
61.80in
Rear Hip Room: 
59.10in
Rear Shoulder room: 
58.30in
61.90in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
93.80cu.ft
87.80cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
7500lbs
5600lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
18.20cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
21.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
22.00degrees
Curb Weight: 
4727.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
4 one-touch power windows
Heated mirrors
Remote keyless power door locks
Reverse tilt passenger only provides curb view when vehicle in reverse
Hands-Free Entry
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
10 -way power driver seat
Bucket front seats
Height adjustable passenger seat
Multi-level heating driver seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support
Multi-level heating passenger seat
Leatherette
8 -way power passenger seat
Height adjustable driver seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Premium Leather
Sport Front Seats
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Features: 
Power folding split-bench third row seats
Reclining rear seats
Folding center armrest
Rear ventilation ducts
Split-folding rear seatback
Folding center armrest
Folding Rear Seatback
Multi-Level Heating
Power Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front stabilizer bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear stabilizer bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-wheel independent suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
Leather steering wheel
Sun sensor
Turn signal in mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
no
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
USB connection
Memory card slot
Bang & Olufsen Premium Brand Speakers
Satellite Radio W/Real Time Traffic Satellite Radio
USB With External Media Control
6 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
USB Connection
1 Subwoofer(S)
12 Total Speakers
Surround Audio Surround Audio (Discrete) yes

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
Remote sunroof operation
Privacy glass
Power glass sunroof
Roof rack
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
19 x 8.5
20 In.
Wheels more: 
Inside mounted spare tire
Temporary spare tire
Null spare wheel
All season tires
Temporary Spare Tire
All Season Tires
Underbody Mounted Spare Tire
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
275.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R19
Width: 
255.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R20

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Front ventilated disc brakes
Front disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
rear ventilated disc brakes
solid rear disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance*
Airbag Deployment Notification*
PARKTRONIC w/Active Parking Assist
Rear height adjustable headrests
Rear center 3-point belt
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Post-collision safety system
Brake drying
Pre-collision safety system
Emergency braking assist
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Turn signal mirrors
Rear Side Air Bags (SPC)
Emergency Service*
Vehicle Alarm notification*
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Post-Collision Safety System
Dual Front With Head Protection Chambers Side-Mounted Airbags
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

Options

Packages: 
Equipment Group 600A
Premium Technology Package
Exterior Options: 
21" Premium Aluminum Wheels
Wheel Lock Kit
Roof Rack Crossbars
License Plate Bracket
Splash Guards
Interior Options: 
All-Weather Floor Mats
2nd Row Bench
Dual-Headrest DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System
Rear Cargo Well Protector
Smokers Kit W/Element

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Black, leather
#131313
Black, leatherette
#131313
Crystal Grey/Black, leather
#A3A1A0
Espresso Brown, leatherette
#483F3D
Ginger Beige/Black, leather
#9E8B7C
Ginger Beige/Black, leatherette
#B6A598
Ginger Beige/Espresso Brown, leather
#BBA899
Ginger Beige/Espresso Brown, leatherette
#9E8B7C
Saddle Brown/Black, leather
#936555
designo Espresso Brown Exclusive Nappa, premium leather
#534A48
designo Porcelain/Black Exclusive Nappa, premium leather
#C4BDB9
Color: 
Ebony, premium leather
#000000
Light Sandstone, premium leather
#CACBB4