2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Acura MDX vs Lexus RX

A midsize crossover can deliver multiple driving advantages for individuals or families. A tall ride height, comfortable car-like handling, and generous interior space are just a few of the general advantages. Moving into the luxury automotive space offers even more premium comfort and convenience advantages. In this 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Acura MDX vs Lexus RX comparison, we are going to examine three midsize crossovers to see which delivers the most satisfying experience for luxury shoppers.

In this comparison, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE offers the best engine output numbers, even with the base 3.5-liter V-6 engine in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350. It offers 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the 3.4-liter V-6 powertrains on the 2017 Acura MDX and 2017 Lexus RX 350 offer just 290 and 295 horsepower (respectively) and 267 pound-feet of torque each. This confident engine power means that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE can deliver satisfying highway passing and up to 7,2000 pounds of towing.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Acura MDX vs Lexus RX

  2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE 2017 Acura MDX 2017 Lexus RX
Passengers 5 7 5
Cargo Space 80.3 cubic feet 90.9 cubic feet 56.3 cubic feet
Horsepower 302 hp 290 hp 295 hp
Passenger / Cargo Volume 7,200 pounds 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds

Cargo Space in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE

The five-passenger 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE may not be the largest crossover this comparison (that honor goes to the 2017 Acura MDX, which has three rows of seating and can hold up to seven passengers), but it does offer versatile cargo hauling options that neither the Acura crossover nor the 2017 Lexus RX can deliver. The 2017 GLE has up to 80.3 cubic feet of interior cargo space with most seats folded down (compared to just 56.3 on the Lexus) and can tow up to 7,200 pounds when properly equipped. That is significantly more towing than available on either the 2017 Acura MDX or the 2017 Lexus RX.

Each of these models comes with elite luxury that can satisfy drivers. Automatic climate control, responsive infotainment systems with large displays, and elite safety features come standard on all these models. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE also comes standard with 19-inch aluminum wheels and is available with a Wi-Fi hotspot and data connection. And, of course, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover offers the premium engineering and interior that drivers expect from any Mercedes-Benz.

For more information on this crossover, or to explore the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE in Kansas City, contact a member of the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City sales team.

side view of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE with doors open
steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE
front view of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE parked in front of a lake
front seat side view 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE