2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV vs 2016 Lexus RX 350

Two icons of the luxury crossover segment — the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Lexus RX 350 — have undergone substantial redesigns for the 2016 model year, leaving drivers with a lot of questions about what each has offer. While the GLE is sporting a new name, as it replaces the M-Class, these two rivals continue to jockey for position at the top of the luxury SUV segment. To provide a better look at the two models and to help you understand how each model's redesign changes the landscape of the segment, we'll compare the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV vs. 2016 Lexus RX 350.

For the sake of an accurate comparison, we're specifically comparing the Mercedes-Benz GLE350 and the Lexus RX 350.

Both models are restyled to deliver a more modern exterior look, as you can see in the images, with GLE adding more sophisticated toughness and the RX 350 taking a more aggressive approach.

 

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 VS 2016 Lexus RX 350
3.5L V-6 Engine 3.5L V-6
302 HP / 273 lb-ft Torque Power Ratings 300 HP / TBD
7G Tronic 7-Speed Automatic Transmission 8-Speed automatic
121 inches Wheelbase 110 inches

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 vs Lexus RX 350

Although the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Lexus RX 350 compete in the same category, the GLE is more spacious in a number of key areas thanks to its longer wheelbase. Both models feature available all-wheel-drive systems, with the GLE receiving 4MATIC AWD treatment. While official pricing figures are still pending for the all-wheel drive Lexus RX 350, it is expected to start at a price similar to the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 4MATIC, which starts at and MSRP of $53,600.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV is expected to arrive at Loeber Motors in August of 2015. You can read a full model review of 2016 GLE-Class SUV to get a better understanding of the new model or schedule a test drive to be one of the first to drive it when it rolls onto the lot.

Differences Between GLE SUV and Lexus RX350


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