2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs. 2018 Lexus RX 350

For many drivers, finding the perfect mid-sized SUV is a challenging experience in today’s competitive market. All drivers are looking for different attributes that fit their personal needs, meet their expectations, and deliver an outstanding experience to all who occupy the vehicle. The market for mid-sized SUVs is saturated with so many models that it becomes exasperating for consumers to try to narrow their options down to the “perfect one.” The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and the Lexus RX 350 are just two of many options that drivers may encounter while on the hunt for the perfect mid-sized SUV. We’ve matched up the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and the Lexus RX 350 in order to help make the decision simpler for our customers.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 VS 2018 Lexus RX350
241hp & 273 lb-ft torque Power 295hp & 268 lb-ft torque
40/20/40 Reat Seat Split Rear Seats 60/40 Reat Seat Split
Rear Wheel Drive (Std) Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive (std)
Roof Rails (Std) Roof Storage Roof Rails (Optional)
9 Speed Transmission 8 Speed
Combined MPG 24 Mileage Combined MPG 23

Performance and Handling

While the two vehicles are comparable, they appeal to very different styles of drivers. The Lexus RX350 comes standard with a 3.5 Liter V6 engine that produces 295 Horsepower with 268 lb-ft of torque at 4700 rpms. The RX comes standard front wheel drive with AWD as an option, and the standard FWD version is not going to offer drivers the handling capabilities that come with RWD vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 comes standard with a 2.0 Liter Turbocharged Inline 4 Cylinder that produces 241 Horsepower with 273 lb-ft of torque at 1300 rpms. It comes standard rear wheel drive with AWD 4MATIC® available as an option. The GLC 300 performance and handling will appeal to much more enthusiastic drivers than the RX is capable of appealing to. The GLC 300 with available AWD 4MATIC® is always ready to take on any paved or unpaved adventure.

Exterior Appearence

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC offers drivers the look and capabilities of an SUV that they are seeking as well as the fuel efficiency expected from a sedan. The GLC 300 has key Mercedes-Benz attributes that can not be avoided when discussing the exterior of the vehicle. The bold grille, the sleek hood design, and the standard roof rails are all part of what draws drivers to the GLC 300. The RX’s recent grille refresh has an intrusive feel when approaching the vehicle, and this is very unattractive to many consumers. Many feel as though the RX is a failed attempt at re-bagging the Toyota Highlander.


The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is equipped with many different options pertaining to safety and convenience. It does an outstanding job delivering the convenience expected with standard 40/20/40 split rear seats allowing drivers to pack while providing passenger comfort. The COMAND® system allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel while navigating through the infotainment system with voice commands. The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is equipped with state of the art standard driver assist features including; forward collision warning and brake mitigation, attention assistance, and crosswind assistance to help on those windy days. These standard drivers’ assist features give drivers peace of mind knowing that their vehicle’s top priority is their safety. The RX offers an intelligent entertainment system and variety of driver assist packaging that may not be as easy to use while on the road.

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Convenience, Safety, and Performance are at the core of the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300. It clearly triumphs over the Lexus RX in all categories of comparison. “The Best or Nothing” is clearly the platform from which the GLC arose. Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge offers a large variety to look at online and in person. We invite you to stop by to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 and our culture filled dealership!

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