Many SUV enthusiasts consider the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE to be the king of sport utility vehicles. Indeed, its majestic interior, incredible performance and supreme comfort place it leagues above the competition. But what happens when it goes up against the 2021 GMC Yukon, a mammoth SUV packed with Denali trim, turbo diesel capability and the best tech money can buy?
The latest GMC Yukon is bigger than previous editions, with a suspension that has greater sophistication. Buyers now have the option of turbo diesel with extra frontal gears and cameras. It has a prominent honeycomb grille in front that is covered in chrome with LED lights that are C-shaped. Passengers in the cabin will be treated to 10.2 inch displays with a pull/push gear selector and seats that are extremely comfortable.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE is distinctive for its elegant roof and well-proportioned frame. Passengers within the cabin will be presented with dual displays which are contained within one glass plane which also comprise its instrument panel. It has an array of trim combinations and hues, which provide near infinite customization options.
Safety is important in all vehicles, but especially SUVs which are designed to carry families, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE doesn’t disappoint. It has captured the coveted Top Safety Pick award due to the ability to detect pedestrians while monitoring blind spots, and emergency automated brakes come standard. This combined with its multiple air bags and lane and cruise control make it one of the safest SUVs in the world, and amenities within its cabin consist of a camera with surround view, climate control, powered leather seats, keyless start, and premium audio from Burmester.
The GMC Yukon’s great size alone gives it an advantage, as most vehicles that collide with it will receive the brunt of the damage. It has received a four star rating overall, but its rollover protection is average and as a consequence only earned three stars. It has most of the safety functions found in the Mercedes-Benz, including multiple cameras for external vision with towing assistance. Luxuries within its cabin are extensive and include the option of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, a Bose audio system with 8 speakers and heated/cooled seats.
Few SUVs can match the Yukon when it comes to acceleration and handling. Base models come with a V8, 5.3 liter engine that can generate 355 horsepower with 383 pounds of torque. But those that purchase the Mercedes-Benz GLE can get an inline 6 that is 3 liter and capable of generating 362 horsepower.
While the GMC Yukon and Mercedes-Benz GLE are nearly tied when it comes to performance, the Mercedes-Benz has better safety credentials and larger touchscreens, making it the victor.
If you are interested in buying the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE, let Mercedes-Benz of Huntington deliver the best deal in town for you. We serve customers throughout the state and its surrounding regions. Drop by our showroom located in Huntington or call us to pre-book for a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE test drive appointment today!