2016 Lexus RX vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

A Pioneering Crossover Re-Invented

The revolutionary, best-selling Lexus RX SUV essentially invented the 5-passenger luxury crossover SUV segment nearly two decades ago. For 2016 it’s back and all geared-up with new features to make it one of Canada’s favorite vehicles. Since the inception of the RX, other car makers have put some great competitors out on the market. Today with this 2016 Lexus RX vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class comparison, we’ll take a look at two top choices and see what it takes to remain a best-seller in a saturated market.

Feature Differences

The GLE comes Standard with a significant array of state-of-the-art features, including pristine leather interior, ventilated climate control seating, detailed paneling, intelligent drive systems and Active High Performance LED. In every way possible, the RX delivers its own impressive load featuring a chiseled and imposing appearance matched with an elegant interior, all the standard entertainment technologies at a convenient and comfortable reach. Standard to the RX are items such as a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and drive mode select. An item worth noting is that Lexus provides a standard warranty on the powertrain and body that has a 50% longer term than does the Mercedes-Benz.

Power, Capacity and Economy

Both AWD vehicles come loaded with a powerful 3.5-litre V6 engine. The RX consumes about 10% less fuel, partially because of an available additional transmission gear for lower rpm driving - 8 for the RX, 7 for the GLE.  Both are 5-door crossovers capable of seating 5 passengers, and have a virtually identical amount of space for the driver and passenger. While the RX boasts approximately 10% more leg room, the GLE provides slightly more overall cargo space.

2016 Lexus RX at Lexus of Edmonton

When considering items such as quality, features, performance and safety, both the Lexus RX and the Mercedes-Benz will likely have anyone looking for a luxury crossover head over heels. A final kicker considers the market retail prices of the GLE-Class at $63,200 to start, the Lexus RX is similarly equipped for only $54,350 – a hefty 16% less, keeping some cash in pocket or putting that budget into upgrades such as F-SPORT options. Our award-winning staff will be happy to address all of your questions and concerns regarding the 2016 Lexus RX, visit us at 11204 170 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, or give us a call at (780) 466-8300 today.