The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC compact crossover and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE midsize crossover come highly recommended for luxury buyers who want the most return for their investment. We’ve compared the two entries to help you decide which Mercedes-Benz luxury SUV is the better fit for both your lifestyle and your budget.
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE
|$43,200 MSRP*||Starting Price
|255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4||Base Engine||255-hp 2.0L turbo inline-4|
||Seating Capacity||5 to 7 passengers (optional)|
|43,500 pounds||Max. Towing Capacity
Both Mercedes-Benz models have a standard five-passenger cabin, but the 2021 GLE is the only of the two to offer an optional third-row seat. Behind the second-row seats, the GLE also features 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space, making it the ideal place to stow grocery hauls, luggage for the weekend, or whatever else you’d like to bring along for the ride. If you don’t need all that space, the 2021 GLC is adequately spacious for a compact crossover and features the same high-end materials, comfortable seats, and user-friendly technology you would expect from something with a Mercedes-Benz seal of approval.
As far as performance goes, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE both feature the same engine and 9-speed automatic transmission pairing. The GLC’s more condensed stature lends to its slightly better fuel economy performance, reaching up to 29 mpg on the highway. If your priorities lie more in the field of capability, the GLE is positioned to please with a maximum towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.
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