2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV vs. Lexus RX | Northbrook, IL

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. 2018 Lexus RX 350

Do you need a vehicle with enough room for your growing family? Do you need the latest tech and safety systems to keep the kids safe? Finding a luxury SUV that has all the bells and whistles you’re looking for can be difficult. That’s why the product specialists at Autohaus on Edens have put together this detailed comparison of two popular luxury SUV models: the new 2018 Lexus RX and new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. Keep reading to determine which one is the best fit for you!

For this comparison, we’re looking at the 2018 Lexus RX 350 FWD starting at $43,470 MSRP and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC® SUV starting at $42,050 MSRP.

If you’ve already decided the new 2018 GLC SUV is a great fit for your daily drive, browse the new inventory to see the available models at our Mercedes-Benz dealership in Northbrook, IL. We also invite you to explore our incentives page to see if you qualify for our current finance and lease offers.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV vs. Lexus RX: Performance & Capability


Despite its V6 engine, the 2018 Lexus RX falls short when compared to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC and its turbocharged I4 engine. Experience a drive like no other with standard 2018 GLC features such as the coveted 4MATIC® all-wheel drive system, the ECO-START® system, which helps reduce emissions, and DYNAMIC SELECT®, a multimode drive program. Key engine and performance specs for both SUVs are as follows:

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV 2018 Lexus RX
2.0L inline-4 turbo Engine 3.5L V6
273 lb.-ft. Torque 267 lb.-ft.
9G-TRONIC automatic with shift paddles Transmission Eight-speed automatic
4MATIC® all-wheel drive Drivetrain Front-wheel drive
21/28 MPG Fuel Economy (city/hwy) 20/27 MPG
3,500 lbs. Towing Capacity* 3,500 lbs.

*When properly equipped

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC and Lexus RX Interior image

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV vs. Lexus RX: Interior & Exterior

You’ll receive a roomy cabin with seating for five passengers in both of these luxury SUVs; but when it comes to convenience features and exterior styling, the 2018 GLC SUV beats the 2018 RX, hands-down. Check out additional interior and exterior features of the exceptional 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC below.

Interior Features:

  • 56.5 cu. ft. of cargo capacity
  • 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • Natural Grain Brown Ash wood trim
  • 14-way power driver seat with memory
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 40/20/40-split rear seats with power folding
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Retractable luggage cover

Exterior Features

  • 18-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels
  • Anodized roof rails
  • LED daytime running lights and taillamps
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power folding side mirrors
  • Power liftgate

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV vs. Lexus RX: Safety & Technology

Even though the new Lexus RX comes standard with multiple safety systems, it can’t stand up to the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC. The new 2018 GLC received a 5-star front safety rating, while the new 2018 RX received a 4-star front safety rating. The 2018 GLC also comes equipped with the ATTENTION ASSIST® system, which alerts the driver using visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. You won’t find such a feature on the RX. See additional safety and technology features of the 2018 GLC SUV below.

Safety Features:

  • Crosswind Assist
  • Rearview camera
  • PRESAFE® system
  • Brake Assist (BAS®)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Aluminum and high-strength steel body structure
  • SmartKey with KEYLESS-START®

Technology Features

  • FrontBass® system
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming
  • 5 years of Mercedes-Benz mbrace® Connect
  • Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App
  • Dual USB audio ports
  • HD Radio® receiver

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of the capable and comfortable 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC? Schedule a test drive at our Mercedes-Benz dealership in Northbrook, IL today! If you have any questions, get in touch with the Autohaus on Edens team through our contact form or by calling (847) 272-7900.

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