2021 Lincoln Aviator vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Lincoln and Mercedes-Benz both have well-deserved reputations for quality, luxury, and performance. However, when you compare the Lincoln Aviator and Mercedes-Benz GLE luxury SUVs, it's clear to see that Lincoln is the true winner. The Aviator seamlessly blends luxury, technology, performance, safety, and quality - and it's a better value when compared to the Mercedes-Benz. The Lincoln Aviator offers more performance, more room, and more standard equipment. While "value" isn't usually the word you look for when shopping for a luxury car, it's good to know that you're getting the best for your hard-earned money. That's especially true considering that you're getting more, for less. That doesn't happen very often in this day and age.

Vehicle Comparison

2021 Lincoln Aviator

2021 Lincoln Aviator

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

$51,100 √Base MSRP*$54,750
400 hp @ 5500 rpm √Base Engine255 hp @ 5800 rpm
415 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm √Engine torque273 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm
7 √Seating5
42.0 in. √Front Head Room40.4 in.
43.0 in. √Front Leg Room40.3 in.
40.1 in. √Rear Leg Room38.4 in.
Lincoln Aviator Styling

By The Numbers

The Mercedes-Benz GLE may be an excellent SUV, but as you can see by the numbers, it's simply no match for the Lincoln Aviator. The Aviator offers so much more as standard equipment - including features you can't buy on the Mercedes-Benz at any price. Let's look at those numbers - and what they mean - more closely.

Lincoln Aviator Styling


The standard engine in the Lincoln Aviator is a powerful, yet refined 3.0 liter, twin-turbocharged V6. With a whopping 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Mercedes-Benz GLE can't even compete.

Despite the prodigious power of the Aviator, it still starts at $3,650 less than the Mercedes-Benz. Keep that in mind as we look at the other areas in which the Aviator excels.

Lincoln Aviator Styling

Cargo & Comfort

The cavernous, roomy interior of the Lincoln Navigator seats seven - that's two more than the Mercedes-Benz GLE. You'd be forgiven to think that passengers must be crammed in tight, but you'd be wrong.

The Lincoln Aviator offers More headroom and legroom for passengers than the Mercedes-Benz GLE. Everyone has more space to stretch out - including your cargo, if you're so inclined. Did we mention that the Lincoln Aviator offers a power folding third row seat? We have now.

Lincoln Aviator Styling

Technology & Safety

The Aviator is available with Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus™, a suite of technology features to make your driving experience the best - and safest - it can possibly be. Features include Evasive Steering Assist, Reverse Brake Assist, Active Park Assist Plus and Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist. Traffic Jam Assist combines Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering and the newly developed Speed Sign Recognition.*

Also available is a 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot built directly into the vehicle. Up to ten devices can be connected at once thanks to the Lincoln Connect™ on-board modem. Passengers can use wi-fi up to fifty feet away from the vehicle. You can track wi-fi usage with the Lincoln Way™ app on your smartphone.**

What the Critics are Saying

"With a stylish exterior, a plush cabin, and a pair of potent powertrains, the 2022 Lincoln Aviator offers nearly the same luxury experience as the larger Navigator, but its more compact, mid-size dimensions make it easier to live with." -Car and Driver

"The intrigue of '60s Lincolns shows up inside, where the repetition of rectangles across the dash and the seats have a fresh throwback appeal. The high-tech framework wraps digital gauges and touchscreens in simple outlines of metallic trim and wood." -The Car Connection

Lincoln Model Lineup

Winner - Lincoln Aviator

After looking at the facts, it's obvious that the Lincoln Aviator is a better choice than the Mercedes-Benz GLE. To many, Mercedes-Benz embodies what a luxury car is, but it's clear that Lincoln has taken their blueprint and improved on it in every conceivable way. In fact, despite all of the ways in which it's superior, we'd like to remind you that the base price of the Lincoln Aviator is $3,650 less than the Mercedes-Benz. In any case, the smart money is on Lincoln.

*Lincoln Co-Pilot360™ Plus Technology features are supplemental and do not replace the driver's attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.

**Don't drive while distracted. Some features may be locked out when the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Lincoln Connect includes complimentary 5-year subscription for remote features, excluding Wi-Fi hotspot, and starts from vehicle sale date (after which, fees apply). Length of complimentary 5-year subscription is subject to compatible network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks may affect future functionality. Certain restrictions, 3rd-party terms or message/data rates may apply. Lincoln Way™, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.