2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Lexus NX Comparison

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 vs 2018 Lexus NX

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 2018 Lexus NX 300
Base Horsepower
  241 hp 235 hp
Base Engine Torque
  273 ft-lbs 258 ft-lbs
Fuel Capacity
  17.4 gal 15.9 gal

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC vs 2018 Lexus NX

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Sizeable without being too small, economical without being too miserly, and stuffed with tech and safety features, luxury compact SUVs are increasingly becoming popular with shoppers. This is perhaps best represented by the Lexus NX and the Mercedes-Benz GLC, which debuted for the 2015 model year and 2016 model year, respectively. By 2018, both vehicles had shot up to the upper tier of the segment, challenging—and, in some cases, superseding—older, more established nameplates with their upscale interiors and comfortable rides. However, the Mercedes-Benz has the edge over the Lexus based on the following:

Engine Output

The 2018 Lexus NX sticks with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine, which produces 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Although the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC also has a turbocharged 2.0-liter I4, it has more output: at 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Plus, you have the choice of the high-performance AMG® version, which has a larger, 3.0-liter bi-turbocharged V6 under its hood. At an output of 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, the AMG® engine outguns the NX by 127 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque—and it delivers a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds.


Each vehicle has a standard two-wheel drivetrain, with the engine placed at the front. However, while the 2018 Lexus NX uses a drivetrain that pushes engine power to the front wheels, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC, as per company tradition, has engine power transferred to the rear wheels. With its front-engine rear-wheel-drive layout, the GLC has a better weight distribution of its weight from front to back than its counterpart from Lexus. As a result, it handles better and has an enhanced balance when driving.


Both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC and the 2018 Lexus NX are considered to be exceptionally safe SUVs by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)**. However, the GLC is placed on a higher pedestal. The Mercedes-Benz vehicle was awarded top-level “Top Safety Pick Plus” honors because it got the best possible rating (“Good”) on all crashworthiness tests administered by the IIHS (including the passenger-side small overlap test), as well as the top-level “Superior” rating in front crash prevention ** and “Good” rating in terms of headlight illumination effectiveness. The Lexus NX gets the lower-level “Top Safety Pick” honor because it didn’t go through the passenger-side small overlap test. Also, its front crash prevention ability is not as good as that of its Mercedes-Benz counterpart.

Ready for a brand-new adventure on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC? Come check it out at our dealership in Burlington. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Mercedes-Benz specialists that make your satisfaction their highest priority.

* 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.

** Find more information on safety ratings at www.iihs.org