2017 Lexus RX vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2017 Lexus RX vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

World-renowned critics and drivers alike have shown the 2017 Lexus RX plenty of love due to its extraordinary comfort and sleek design. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC proves to be a tough competitor to say the least, but can it keep up with the latest RX? Both models may compete in the high-end luxury SUV segment, but there are some considerable differences between the two when put next to one another.

Interior 

2017 Lexus RX Interior & Design2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class interior

Luxury SUVs aren’t lightweights, and the new Lexus RX raises the bar when it comes to premium comfort. The newest model boasts leather seats paired with a variety of high-end trims designed to illuminate the entirety of the interior and leave nothing to chance. Enjoy life on the road with smartphone integration via Bluetooth and the latest voice-recognition software that allows drivers to make calls, operate the climate system, and more. The new RX also comes loaded with a standard 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display. Meanwhile, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system ensures that even the most energetic backseat drivers have the distraction they need.

Like the RX, the Mercedes-Benz GLC ups the ante when it comes to comfort. Leather seats provide a luxuriousness fit for all passengers, and premium trim adds a touch of elegance to the interior as a whole. While the GLC offers Bluetooth audio streaming, its seven-inch touchscreen display pales in comparison to the RX’s. The new model does offer an optional in-Car Wi-Fi hotspot, a feature the RX lacks, but doesn’t offer any form of rear-entertainment system. Boasting a larger display, innovative voice-recognition software, and a rear-entertainment system, the Lexus RX comes out on top.

Exterior

2017 Lexus RX exterior2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class exterior

Style is subjective to every driver, but the Lexus RX’s sleek design is easy on the eyes. The modern grille paired with LED lighting creates an intimidating look few luxury SUVs can match. Sweeping curves and polished angles add up to an aggressive design that looks good from every angle. Add in a floating roofline, and the new RX truly is a modern SUV.
Like the RX, the Mercedes-Benz GLC brings a sleek design. Its horizontal lines hug its body for a stocky, bold look that’s common among the SUV segment. Eighteen-inch five-spoke wheels provide an athletic stance, while LED Daytime Running Lamps add a sense of wonder. The new GLC truly lives up to the German brand’s history for brilliant designs. While it may contain indicators that nod to its heritage, the GLC lags behind the modern design of the RX.

Performance

2017 Lexus RX performance2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class Performance

Tap into the true power of a luxury SUV with the Lexus RX’s 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a heart-racing 295 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. Enjoy the smooth shifting of the eight-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, but drivers can upgrade to Active Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive for unmatched precision handling. MacPherson struts provide a smooth ride, leaving bumpy roads in the rearview.
A brand born to race, the Mercedes-Benz GLC comes stocked with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Its nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive give it the upper hand when it comes to handling. All things considered, the Lexus RX takes home top prize thanks to its impressive engine output and smooth ride.

Verdict


There’s nothing wrong with valuing a stylish luxury SUV designed for modern families, and that’s exactly what you’ll get in the 2017 Lexus RX, which ultimately beats out the Mercedes-Benz GLC. The new Lexus RX is available now at Lexus of Orlando. Schedule a test drive and get behind the wheel within moments of arriving at the dealership.

 


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