2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC VS 2018 Lexus NX Comparison

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Lexus NX

2018 Mercedes-Benz
GLC 300
2018 Lexus NX
Engine Power
  241 hp 235 hp
Engine Torque
  273 ft-lbs 258 ft-lbs
Run Flat Tires
Standard Not Available

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Lexus NX

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Both new to the game, the GLC and the NX, from Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, respectively, nevertheless impress with what is expected from the ideal luxury compact SUV: a satisfactory amount of interior space, good fuel efficiency, and a load of advanced equipment. And for 2018, each vehicle is back as a top-tier choice for customers. Although you cannot go wrong with either vehicle, it’s the GLC that you should go with. Here’s why:


With the engine placed on the front, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2018 Lexus NX have standard two-wheel drivetrains. The Lexus NX goes with a front-wheel drivetrain, which is standard on most four-door sedans and involves engine power transferred to the front wheels. As a result, most of the SUV’s weight is concentrated on the front end. By contrast, the standard engine on the GLC vehicle is a rear-wheel drive system. With engine power going to the rear wheels, weight distribution from front to back is more even, thus making for better handling on the road.

Engine Output

On the 2018 Lexus NX, the only engine available is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine, which generates 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC not only has a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 as well, but also a larger, 3.0-liter bi-turbocharged V6 choice courtesy of its high-performance AMG® variant. The I4 produces 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and the V6 produces 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. So, either way, the GLC is more powerful than the Lexus NX. However, if you want super acceleration ability, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds, go with the AMG® model.

Safety Ratings

Both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2018 Lexus NX are considered are considered exceptionally safe SUVs. The GLC stands apart, though, with its top-level “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation.** And that’s because it got the best possible rating (“Good”) on all crashworthiness tests administered by the IIHS** (including the passenger-side small overlap test), the top-level “Superior” rating in front crash prevention ability, and “Good” rating (the best possible rating) in headlight effectiveness. By comparison, the Lexus NX received the “Top Safety Pick” honor**, which is great, but not as good as the Benz SUV’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation.

Can’t wait to check out the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC? Come see us at our dealership in North Olmstead where we make your satisfaction our highest priority. Call us today to set up an appointment for a test drive.

* Based on year model EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

** More information on safety ratings can be found on www.iihs.org.