Adapting to a changing market, both Mercedes-Benz and Lexus have introduced new SUVs that are compact, powerful, and most importantly, luxurious. They have many similarities besides having brand new designs that have driven us to take a closer look. For the sake of accuracy and because Mercedes-Benz hasn't introduced an AMG GLC yet, this 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2016 Lexus RX comparison focuses on the base trims of each model.
One of the first things that draws your attention is the horsepower gap. The GLC300 comes with only 241 horsepower while the Lexus manages 295. So where does it come from? The RX350 actually comes with a 3.5-liter V6, which is 1.5 liters larger than the 2.0-liter in the GLC. By using a turbocharged 4-cylinder, Mercedes-Benz was able to make a more efficient car, providing 120 horsepower per liter. The Lexus RX only gets 84 horsepower per liter. This also makes the GLC lighter, further improving fuel economy and stability.
The GLC and the RX are a good match. Both come with all the latest options in driver-assistance features and neither manufacturer cuts any corners when it comes to safety. The differences between the two are subtle, but they are important. Mercedes-Benz uses a lot of little tricks to make an overall better SUV. By using a turbocharger and providing a standard 9-speed transmission when the Lexus only comes with 8 speeds, the GLC gives drivers the same experience using less power and saving more gas.
On the inside, the leather upholstery in the RX is no match for the high-quality MB-Tex with topstitching. The GLC is a little less spacious inside the cabin but the comfortable seats make up for the lack of legroom. The GLC also offers a wider range of DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, which is a huge advantage because it can be customized to meet your needs and wants at the same time. When you bring it all together, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2016 Lexus RX comparison is an easy one to decipher. The GLC provides the same performance as the more-powerful Lexus and it does it with a lower MSRP. If you would like to learn more about the GLC or shedule a test drive, fill out the form on this page to get started.