|2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA||VS||2015 Lexus 200t|
|7-Speed Auto-Manual||Transmission||6-Speed Auto-Manual|
|24 city / 32 hwy||Efficiency||*21 city / 28 hwy|
|3,384 lbs.||Curb Weight||3,940 lbs.|
The small luxury crossover segment is easily the fastest-growing class of vehicles for the 2015 model year. With new entries from most major luxury automakers, drivers are suddenly inundated with options in a space that hardly existed just 12 months ago. Two of those recently introduced models are from luxury icons Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. By introducing the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA and the 2015 Lexus 200t, the two automakers quickly positioned themselves at the top of the class.
Since both CUVs are completely new and rather unfamiliar to most crossover shoppers, we’ll compare the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA vs. 2015 Lexus 200t. For more information about the GLA class itself, see our Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class or GLA45 AMG reviews.
Both the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA and Lexus 200t get their power from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The GLA’s engine pairs to a seven-speed automated manual transmission with shift paddles for more driver control. Generating a spirited 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the GLA-Class manages to be one of the most efficient models in its class with EPA ratings of 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Although the Lexus NX200t generates more horsepower (235 HP), torque ratings are nearly equal and actually available at a lower rpm range in the GLA.
The interior of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has the persona of a Mercedes-Benz sedan. The upscale design features a vertically mounted gear selector, which takes a few minutes to become familiar with, but gives the interior a much more spacious feel. With standard equipment that includes a dual-screen display layout, a power liftgate, and automatic wipers, there is no shortage of conveniences inside the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA.
The best way to get a feel for how the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA stacks up against the Lexus 200t is to get behind the wheel for a test drive. Tap the “Schedule a Test Drive” button below to make an appointment.
*Lexus estimates, not official EPA rating