Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 GMC Acadia VS 2016 Mercedes GLE-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 GMC Acadia

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2016 Mercedes GLE-Class

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the GMC Acadia are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mercedes GLE-Class has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Acadia offers an optional front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The GLE-Class doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

To help make backing safer, the Acadia (except SL/SLE)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLE-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Acadia and the GLE-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Acadia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLE-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLE-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Acadia’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and 50,000 miles longer than the GLE-Class’ (6/100,000 vs. 4/50,000).

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Acadia for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLE-Class.

There are over 7 times as many GMC dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Acadia has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GLE-Class doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Acadia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GLE-Class requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mercedes GLE-Class only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Acadia’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the GLE-Class (118.9 inches vs. 114.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Acadia is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 67.1 inches wider in the rear than on the GLE-Class.

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the GLE550e 4MATIC pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the GLE550e 4MATIC (28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GLE-Class can only carry 5.

The Acadia has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLE-Class.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLE-Class.



Third Seat Folded

70.1 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


38.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

116.1 cubic feet

80.3 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GLE-Class doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Acadia (except SL/SLE) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GLE-Class doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the GMC Acadia and the Mercedes GLE-Class, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The GMC Acadia outsold the Mercedes M-Class/GLE by over two to one during the 2015 model year.

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