2017 Lexus NX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA
When it comes to luxury SUVs, two of the biggest names on the market are the Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Both offer plenty of opulence, cutting-edge technology, and the ability to draw oohs and ahhs from passersby. Is there a true superior model between the two? When you weigh the various factors, the margin of victory may be clearer than you might think. Let’s take a look!
Interior & Design
As could be expected from two class-leading luxury SUVs, both the 2017 Lexus NX and 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA are handsome and magnificent inside and out. The 2017 Lexus NX gets the edge in terms of cutting a formidable figure thanks to a longer and wider stance: the NX is 182.3 inches long and 73.6 inches wide compared to the GLA250’s 173.9-inch length and 71-inch width. The NX also has 4.8 inches on the GLA250 in overall height, which in combination with the length and width advantages creates comparable headroom to the GLA and gives the Lexus an edge in terms of front leg room (42.8 inches), rear leg room (36.1 inches), front shoulder room (57.3 inches), rear shoulder room (55.3 inches), and max cargo volume (54.6 cubic feet).
For as sporty as the 2017 GLA may look, it pales in comparison to the 2017 NX when it is equipped with the F SPORT Package, which adds a distinctive front fascia and grill and 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with you choice of machined or superchrome finish on the outside and bolstered F SPORT seats, Metallic Sport trim, F SPORT perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, aluminum pedals, and black headliner on the inside.
Technology & Safety
The 2017 Lexus NX offers a number of observable tech benefits over the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA250, including standard electronic parking aid camera, voice-activated controls, real-time traffic information, and satellite radio. Premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Lexus Enform Safety Connect+, available Pre-Collision System, and available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert sweeten the pot in the NX’s favor even further. But where the NX may have the most obvious advantage is in its accolades: of the two, only the 2017 Lexus NX can lay claim to earning both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Five-Star Overall Safety Rating. If safety is a top priority, the edge clearly goes to the NX.
Keeping with the idea of the 2017 Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLA being close competitors, both are equipped with a 2.0-liter I-4 engine. The GLA’s standard seven-speed automatic transmission gives it a slight edge in terms of fuel economy over the NX’s six-speed, with respective EPA ratings of 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway/27 mpg combined vs. 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway/25 mpg combined. But the 2017 Lexus NX gets the advantage over the GLA in terms of output, putting down 235 horsepower to the GLA’s 208 horsepower. This extra power is harnessed with Lexus’s Drive Mode Select, which allows you to select between Sport, Normal, Eco, and EV (NX 300h only) modes. With regards to the NX 300h, if fuel economy is of the utmost concern, the hybrid version of the NX offers an EPA-estimated 33 mpg city/30 mpg highway/31 mpg combined.
With more space, bigger proportions, better safety ratings, more power, and the efficiency of a hybrid option, it is hard not to call this particular matchup a landslide victory for the 2017 Lexus NX. If you are thoroughly convinced at the outcome, check out our stock of 2017 Lexus NX SUVs, schedule a test drive, and stop in and visit our Orlando dealership today.
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