2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

When you're shopping for a luxury SUV, there are many factors to consider. Finding the right vehicle to meet your needs shouldn't be too difficult when options like the 2017 Acura RDX and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS are on the market. To help drivers in the Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo area, we're going to take a detailed look at these two similar luxury SUVs to see what they offer.


In our vehicle comparison of the 2017 Acura RDX and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS, we're going to focus on engine efficiency, interior entertainment technology, and safety features. By the end of this article, you'll have a clear idea of what each vehicle offers. You'll even know which SUV is right for you and your family.

Acura RDX vs. Mercedes-Benz GLS Engine Efficiency

The 2017 Acura RDX is equipped with a V6 engine. This vehicle features an automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Control Logic. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS also features a V6 engine with an automatic transmission.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the RDX gets an EPA-estimated 20/28 city/highway mpg.* The GLS, on the other hand, only gets 17/22 city/highway mpg, according to EPA estimates. In this category, the Acura RDX has the advantage because it gets a noticeably higher fuel economy.

Interior Entertainment Technology

The Acura RDX and the Mercedes-Benz GLS are both equipped with display screens that show the details of your current media choice. Drivers have the option of the radio, CD player, or SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. This three-month trial subscription provides you with more than 170 channels of music, sports, and news.

Both vehicles are equipped with Bluetooth® technology that allows drivers to make and receive phone calls from the road. Additionally, the Acura RDX features the SMS Text Message Function. This feature will display and read your incoming text messages to you while you're driving.

SUV Safety Features

The 2017 Acura RDX and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS are equipped with anti-lock brakes and active safety features like Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist. In terms of collision protection, each vehicle is outfitted with advanced front airbags, side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags.

For additional collision protection, the Acura RDX features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE) body structure with reinforced front corners to absorb impact as well as outer braces for side-impact protection. The Mercedes-Benz GLS features front and rear crumple zones with its body design.

2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Comparison Outcome

In this article, we showed drivers like you in the Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo area the similarities and differences between the 2017 Acura RDX and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS. You learned that the RDX offers a more fuel-efficient engine. Regarding technology, each vehicle has a multitude of great features, but the RDX offers more convenience with the SMS Text Message Function.

Finally, we took a look at the safety features of each luxury SUV. You learned that they both offer great protection, but the RDX features a more advanced body structure that's built to absorb impact while protecting passengers. In short, you learned that the Acura RDX has a lot to offer.

Learn more by scheduling a test drive with the 2017 Acura RDX today at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

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