2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Lexus RX vs Acura MDX

When it comes to choosing the ideal midsize luxury crossover, space, power and premium features are three main considerations (with standard advantages include a tall ride height in a maneuverable size). In this 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Lexus RX vs Acura MDX comparison, we are going to look at three models in this class to see which might be best for sophisticated vehicle shoppers.

While each of these models is considered a midsize model, the the 2017 Acura MDX is larger than either the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE or the 2017 Lexus RX. It has three rows of seating, and can hold more passengers and cargo. However, it also delivers the lowest horsepower in the comparison, which may mean less-than-ideal things for handling and acceleration on the highway. In contrast, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE offers 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space (more than the 2017 Lexus NX) and also boasts the largest engine output rating in this comparison.

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

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE engine output

Each vehicle in this 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs Lexus RX vs Acura MDX comparison comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, but the difference in output that each model offers is significant. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE offers 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, which is the top output in this comparison. Both the Acura and the Lexus crossover offer 267 pound-feet of torque, with the 2017 MDX running on 290 horsepower and the 2017 RX 350 with 295 horsepower. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE also offers the largest available tow rating in this comparison at 7,200 pounds on some models. The other models top out at just 3,500 pounds each.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE also offers other comfort and convenience advantages. In addition to fairly standard luxury features like a large infotainment display screen, parking assistance, and available crash avoidance features, this crossover also boasts an available Wi-Fi hotspot system that its competitors do not offer.

If you are interested in learning more about this three-way midsize luxury crossover comparison, or the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE in Kansas City MO, contact a member of the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City sales team.

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