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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Lexus RX

When buying a new vehicle, you're faced with a number of options, which can make things challenging. The great thing about buying from the luxury market, however, is that once you get to a certain price point you can feel confident that your vehicle is going to come with many of the latest automotive innovations. But, of course, we're also talking about a good chunk of change... so you really won't want to settle for anything but the best. We're here to help you find just that by comparing the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs the 2018 Lexus RX.

Like we said, although it's tough to find a "bad" vehicle at this price point, there are some models that are simply superior to others. In regards to price, the GLC starts at $40,050**, considerably lower than the starting MSRP for the Lexus RX. Despite the price difference, the entry level GLC 300 SUV model comes standard with some features that the RX 350 does not, including a 10-way front-seat driver direction control for maximum comfort, a cargo net for those vacation trips and an in-vehicle assistance service that can make sure you're never alone no matter how far you are from home.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Lexus RX

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV


2018 Lexus RX 350

Up to 22 city/28 hwy* MPG Up to 20 city/27 hwy
From $40,050** MSRP From $43,270
Top Safety Pick+ IIHS Safety Rating Top Safety Pick
273 lb-ft of torque Torque Output 267 lb-ft of torque

Differences Between the 2018 GLC and 2018 RX

Under the hood, you probably can't go wrong with either vehicle. That being said, the GLC does have some significant advantages for drivers interested in maximizing fuel economy, as the GLC 300 SUV is capable of up to 22 city and 28 hwy*. The GLC also has an edge when it comes to torque output from the standard model. Although the RX may deliver more horsepower from its entry level model, when drivers describe the type of exhilarating driving experience they're looking for, what they are often describing is torque. With the GLC, you'll have 273 lb-ft of it available at a very low 1,300 rpm, making the engine ideal for real-world driving situations, such as accelerating to merge onto the highway.

When it comes to SUVs, we also can't forget about safety. In all honesty, both models are solid options in this department, but only the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with an edge over the Lexus RX in the headlight and passenger-side small overlap front ratings.

There is so much more you could learn about your next new SUV, but in this comparison it's clear that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has some distinct advantages over the 2018 Lexus RX for luxury SUV buyers. To learn more or to take a test drive, contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Hilton Head.

*EPA estimated 22 MPG city/28 MPG highway with 17.4-gallon fuel tank capacity. You may get different mileage depending on driving conditions.

**MSRP for a 2018 GLC SUV includes transportation charge. Excludes all options, taxes, title, registration, [and dealer prep]. Options, model availability, and price may vary. [See dealer for details.]