2017 Lexus NX Turbo vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

2016 Lexus NX 200t vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Compact and crossover SUVs have seen their popularity surge due to their dynamic functionality and wide-ranging appeal. When it comes to luxury compact SUVs, 2017 Lexus NX and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA each warrant a second look.  With similar price points, we need to dive deeper for what makes these two vehicles different.

Interior & Design

2016 Lexus NX Interior Seats2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 Interior Rear Seats

One look at the 2017 NX and 2017 GLA might make you think that these are very different vehicles.  On one hand, you have the NX with its compact SUV look and striking design complete with a bold, black grille.  The GLA on the other hand, almost strikes you as a slightly larger hatchback with its sub-compact styling.  It’s not just an optical illusion, the NX actually has 9 more inches of length that gives it plenty of extra interior room. Inside, the 2017 Lexus NX has been acclaimed for its stunning design and exceptionally comfortable interior. Both front and rear seat passengers will be treated to ample leg room and supportive seats. The 2017 Mercedes GLA is a bit more cramped due to its smaller size, but its interior materials are just as lavish.

Safety & Technology

2016 Lexus NX Technology & Dashboard2016 Mercedes GLA 250 Technology and Safety

Similar in technology, both the 2017 Lexus NX and 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA feature push-button start, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, USB port and additional audio options displayed on a 7-inch screen.  Both vehicles are also similar in safety with a full suite of airbags, brake assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and traction control. While the 2017 GLA has yet to be rated by the NTHSA, the 2017 NX received a 5-star overall safety rating with high marks in every category, making it one of the safest vehicles on the road.

Performance

2016 Lexus NX Engine & Performance2016 Mercedes GLA Engine and Performance

Both the NX and GLA offer a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, but the horsepower difference – 235 for the NX and 208 for the GLA – is notable.  While acceleration times in both vehicles are very similar, there’s a noticeable difference in feel.  As you step on the pedal in an NX, you’ll experience a smoother, silkiness as it shifts gears.  Due to the transmission in the GLA, acceleration can feel delayed and jerky.  Once you’ve reached your cruising speed, you’ll notice a couple of differences between the GLA and NX.  The GLA delivers a smooth ride, although some drivers may find the steering a bit too sensative.  The NX drives like you would expect from a crossover.  It feels more composed, with accurate and responsive steering, and a quieter, more comfortable ride.

Verdict2016 Lexus NX for sale in Wilmington, DE

Named the 2016 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money by U.S. News, the 2016 Lexus NX carries most of its design over to the 2017 model, making it our pick is this matchup. Combined with its stunning exterior and handsome interior, the comfort and space offered by the 2017 Lexus NX makes it a no-brainer pick for luxury SUV shoppers. With an affordable price point, now is the time to shop for the 2017 Lexus NX for sale in Wilmington, DE at our Lexus dealership serving West Chester, PA.


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