2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2018 Lexus NX Comparison

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2018 Lexus NX

2018 Mercedes-Benz
GLA 250
2018 Lexus NX
Optional N/A
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7-Speed Automated Manual 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs 2018 Lexus NX

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Offering two stylish trims, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA is a crossover SUV that cracks the entry-level luxury market. The 2018 Lexus NX is a premium crossover SUV that has a lineup of five models. Equipped with the 4MATIC® all-wheel drive, the GLA is more agile than the NX. This robust Mercedes-Benz model also boasts more than 10 active safety features, such as the DISTRONIC® Pilot and Active Brake Assist.


The Mercedes-Benz GLA’s 4MATIC® all-wheel drive is engineered to generate optimum traction under various weather conditions and on different surfaces. If you plan on embarking on exciting trips to remote locations, get the off-road package that includes the Downhill Speed Regulation function. An electromechanical power steering system reduces the effort that’s needed to handle this versatile crossover SUV. Offering up to five distinct settings, the DRIVE MODE SELECT makes real-time adjustments according to the surrounding conditions. For instance, the ECO Mode keeps the powertrain running at relatively steady RPMs in order to save fuel. The Off-Road and Sport settings initiate instant changes in the throttle and other components under the hood. When cruising at relatively slow speeds in suburbs and cities, you’ll most likely want to turn on the Comfort Mode. Similarly, the Lexus NX comes with the Drive Mode Select function that’s adjusted by an electronic dial. However, this Lexus has an AWD system that isn’t quite as advanced as the 4MATIC® technology.

Driving Assistance

Using radar pulses to track another vehicle ahead, the Mercedes-Benz GLA’s Active Brake Assist lowers the potential for forward crashes. Your erratic and dangerous driving will be instantly detected by the ATTENTION ASSIST® technology that reviews up to 70 parameters. If you want extra peace of mind for cruising on the highway, select the optional Distance Pilot that’s based on the patented DISTRONIC® technology. As traffic ahead slows down, this adaptive cruise control system makes the appropriate changes to the brakes and powertrain. Other accident-avoidance features that are available in this Mercedes-Benz crossover SUV include the Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist. When you back up, remember to glance at the Surround View System that has a split-screen menu. Offering semi-autonomous steering and braking, the Parking Pilot helps you avoid low-speed collisions with other parked cars or obstacles.


The multimedia system in the Mercedes-Benz GLA comes with a wealth of applications. You can sign up for a five-year subscription to mbrace®, E-Navigator, HERE Local Search and many other digital utilities. The Send2Benz app lets you remotely manage and track the vehicle via a compatible smartphone. Similarly, the Lexus Enform platform offers mobile-friendly connectivity, including supplemental directions. Both of these premium crossover SUVs offer Wi-Fi connections at 4G LTE standards. When it comes to music options, TuneIn Radio makes the GLA model the clear winner. This premium radio service gives you access to more than 70,000 global stations worldwide. Receivers for HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio provide additional entertainment options that can be enjoyed on the 500-watt sound system.

Visit our dealership to discover the awesome design of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA. After you test drive this compact Mercedes-Benz crossover SUV, you’ll notice the advantages that it has over the 2018 Lexus NX.

* Based on year model EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.