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.
|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.