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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Lexus NX

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250


3,296 lbs.

7-Speed Automatic

25/35 MPG (City/Hwy)






2016 Lexus NX200t


3,940 lbs.

6-Speed Automatic

22/28 MPG (City/Hwy)

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Lexus NX

Steering wheel in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA

The luxury crossover market is one of the fastest growing markets in the automotive industry. To answer the consumer's cry for a vehicle that is both spacious and sporty at the same time, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz created the NX and the GLA, respectively. To determine which is a better value, use this 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2016 Lexus NX comparison.

As entry level SUVs, the GLA and the NX offer the most affordable SUV options for their respective brands and provide exceptional efficiency for their size. Actually, the first noticeable difference when standing outside the car is the size. The NX is slightly larger than the GLA in length, width, and even height. This provides drivers with more cargo capacity, but it means less stability and efficiency, marking the first deciding factor between the two luxury ambassadors.

Mercedes-Benz Turbo Efficiency

The GLA and the NX carry the same 2.0L turbo I4 under their hoods, but the GLA actually has less horsepower than the NX. On paper, this looks bad, but behind the wheel, you would swear the GLA has more power. The reason for this is that the difference in weight and size balances out the power discrepancy. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA is almost ten inches shorter and almost 600 pounds lighter. This allows the GLA to achieve much higher efficiency ratings than the NX. On the highway, the NX is incapable of getting more than 28 miles per gallon, but the GLA is rated at 35 miles per gallon. Considering all of this and the fact that the GLA is less expensive, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2016 Lexus NX argument comes to a close. Although it misses out on a few cubic feet of interior space, it is more efficient, more mobile, and all around more fun to drive. If you have any questions about this comparison or the GLA itself, contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead today.

2016 Lexus NX's steering wheel