COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE

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Looking for a luxury SUV in El Monte, California? Then you may be weighing the Lexus RX 350 against the Mercedes GLE, as both offer powerful engines, smooth handling, and beautiful styling.

However, one of these vehicles clearly stands out regarding value and convenience. Read on for our one-on-one comparison of the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE:

Safety

Lexus RX 350
The RX 350 comes standard with Lexus Safety System+, a comprehensive suite of safety features designed to work together to ensure minimal damage in the event of an accident. It includes Lexus Enform Safety Connect to provide roadside assistance no matter where you are – the built-in GPS will allow help to find you. The 10-airbag system mitigates damage during a collision, while Smart Stop Technology works to prevent or minimize impact. The system also includes a Panoramic View Monitor, backup camera, cornering fog lamps, parking assist, blind spot monitor, and a vehicle proximity notification system.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE does not come with the Safety System+, but does feature driver, braking, and navigation tools. In addition to airbags, anti-lock brakes, and three-point seatbelts, the GLE features an accident mitigation system, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitor, parking assist, and backup camera.

Styling

Lexus RX 350
The RX 350 is truly a modern SUV in that it’s spacious without being bulky. It has an aerodynamic silhouette, chrome accents, the Lexus spindle grille, and LED headlights. Plus, you’ll love the blacked-out C-pillar behind the rear windows, which gives the visual effect of a floating roof. Inside, there’s luxuriously plush seating with ample legroom and plenty of cargo space. You’ll have more than 18 cubic feet with the seats up, and over 56 cubic feet when they’re folded down.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE isn’t quite as slim and sleek as the RX 350, but in the end, they have similar cargo and passenger space. The Mercedes-Benz SUV has 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, sunroof, roof rack, and wood trim on the interior. The center stack is a busier than you’ll find in the Lexus SUV, with a navigation screen positioned high up and entertainment and comfort controls beneath.

Features

Lexus RX 350
The Lexus SUV comes with standard power tailgate, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, HomeLink garage door opener, and rearview camera. For your entertainment, it also features an infotainment system with 8-inc command screen, nine speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE has cruise control, adjustable seating, keyless ignition, universal remote transmitter, climate control, and turn signals integrated into side-view mirrors. Additionally, it has auxiliary audio input and USB, AM/FM radio, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and the option for a premium sound system, 10-way power passenger seats, and smartphone integration.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350
Starting at $43,020

Mercedes-Benz GLE
Starting at $52,000

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