2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Lexus RX 350 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

Engine Torque

  273 ft-lbs

MPG (City / Hwy)*

  22 / 28


2018 Lexus RX 350

2017 Lexus RX 350

Engine Torque

  268 ft-lbs

MPG (City / Hwy)*

  20 / 27

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2017 Lexus RX 350

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You have choices when it comes to luxury vehicles. Yet the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC seems to rise above the rest when it comes to many facets of its multi-faceted personality. Here’s a quick look at how it stands up to the 2017 Lexus RX 350.

Performance

Mercedes-Benz always asks the shopper what is most important to them. The answers to this question led to four ways to power the GLC. For starters there’s a fuel-smart 241-horsepower turbo. This inline-four delivers 273 lb.-ft. of torque. If you want more, you just step up to the AMG® GLC 43. This engine cranks out 362 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque. If you pick the AMG® GLC 63, you’ll command a 469-horsepower V8. This twin-turbo cranks out 479 lb.-ft. of torque. If that’s still not enough, Mercedes-Benz lets you step over to the AMG® GLC 63 S Coupe. The same twin-turbo cranks up horsepower to 503 and torque to 516 lb.-ft. These cars have European rear-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. The automatic is a remarkable nine-speed system with paddle shifters. Dynamic Select includes five modes to modify the steering, transmission, and suspension to suit the driver’s preference. By contrast, the Lexus RX has two engine choices. It starts off with a standard V6 with 295 horsepower. Its hybrid alternative generates 308 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque.

Style

Available in sedan and coupe styles, the Mercedes-Benz GLC definitely has variety you won’t find in the Lexus RX lineup. GLC SUVs have been called the most beautiful lineup in its European luxury class. By contrast, the Lexus RX has an unusual grille design that has caused many reviewers to split over whether it is the right look or an oddity. Kelley Blue Book calls it polarizing. Furthermore, the iconic Mercedes-Benz brand has a higher standard for quality in every nook and niche of its SUVs. Where else can you choose such high quality woods or distinctive interior colors?  Extreme sportiness doesn’t keep the AMG® line from also projecting a real elegance. When it comes to standard equipment, the 2018 GLC 300 piles on the good stuff. You have a standard power tailgate, power-folding mirrors, and a rearview camera. A memory-enabled driver’s seat puts you in position for the Mercedes-Benz infotainment system. A touch pad helps you control the action. The system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Neither of these features are on the Lexus infotainment menu.

Safety

If crash avoidance is important to you, Mercedes-Benz has you covered with a broad array of features. Like the Lexus RX, you’ll find a collision warning and autobrake system. An active assist makes the lane watch more effective. Blind spot monitoring also helps you avoid side swipe scenarios. Both vehicles are offering a rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera. PRESAFE®, a Mercedes-Benz exclusive, readies the windows and seat belts if it detects a crash is imminent. Another unique Mercedes-Benz feature is Crosswind Assist, which seeks to maintain the SUV’s trajectory even when buffeted by strong winds.

If you are ready for a better SUV, head to Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell. You’ve got to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC.


* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.