2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS VS 2019 Lexus LX
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2019 Lexus LX: Performance
The 2019 Lexus LX isn’t as fast or agile as many of its rivals. It also gets poor gas mileage, even for this class. Still, its engine delivers plenty of power, and few other large SUVs can match the LX’s off-road ability. The LX 570 features a 5.7-liter V8 engine that generates 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is certainly powerful and responsive, but it struggles to move this big vehicle with any alacrity. Many rivals have quicker acceleration. The LX leans a lot around curves and feels more like a plodder than an athlete on winding roads. It also doesn’t have the plush ride that you get in some rivals.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2019 Lexus LX: Feature Comparison
The 2019 Lexus LX doesn’t look or feel as fresh as many rivals’ cabins. The seats are comfortable, but the third row will squeeze adults. Standard features in the LX include a moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display, Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, and *Bluetooth®. Standard driver assistance features include a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. The sharp graphics make the infotainment screen easy to read, but the big hang-up is still the Remote Touch Controller. It’s a mouse-like device on the center console, and it makes it a pain to navigate the infotainment menus. It’s especially distracting to use the system while driving.
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2019 Lexus LX: Overall Comparison
The Lexus LX is a good SUV. It’s big and comfortable, with a powerful engine and great off-road ability. However, it doesn’t challenge for a top spot in the class rankings because it trails the competition in several key areas. For instance, many rivals have fresher, more modern styling, easier-to-use infotainment systems, and more cargo space. Some also have a smoother ride and better handling. Buyers are advised to explore other options.
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