2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300

The 2017 Acura RDX currently sits at the top of the best-sellers list of 2017 compact luxury SUVs, as of the end of February. But there’s a lot more competition this year, as more luxury brands enter the compact SUV market.

One of those, which is entering its second model year, is the Mercedes-Benz GLC300. This vehicle had a slow start to its first full model year in sales, but has been picking up with the 2017 model, making it great competition for the RDX.

Below, we’ll take a look at a few of the key differences in these two compact crossovers to help you determine which is right for you!

Performance and Fuel Economy

When comparing the performance of an Acura to a Mercedes, there’s obviously going to be a bit of bias toward the Mercedes. The brand has a history of producing high-performance production vehicles, which is something Acura is not known for outside of the NSX.

But when it comes to compact SUVs, you’ll be surprised to learn that the Acura RDX actually has the edge on Mercedes GLC300 in power and speed.

Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the RDX is pushing 279 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds. The GLC300 features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine pushing 241 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds.

And while the Acura wins in raw performance, the GLC300 does have a slight advantage in fuel economy thanks to its smaller, turbocharged engine.

Interior and Technology

The 2017 Acura RDX has a lot to offer luxury SUV buyers, and does so with a clean interior design that’s much more conservative in nature compared to the Mercedes. Offering advanced safety features, such as collision mitigation braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control for a low package price, buyers don’t have to upgrade much in order to enjoy top-of-the-line features. On the highest end, heated and cooled seats, Jewel Eye LED headlights, power tailgate, remote start, and a 10-speaker ELS premium audio system add a ton of value to the RDX.

There’s no denying the Mercedes-Benz GLC300 has a striking interior, with a few unique features you won’t find on the RDX. A few of these include a 14-way power drivers seat with memory settings, wood-panel accents, heated steering wheel, and rear window sunshades.

But as we dig into the prices of both vehicles, you may find the price of a few extras between these two vehicles to be a lot more than expected…

Price and Options

The 2017 Acura RDX has the most affordable starting price in the luxury small crossover segment, at a starting price of $36,645* including destination charge. The GLC300, on the other hand, pushes a starting price tag of $41,150**.

Acura offers a few simple choices for options through three unique packages with the RDX. Mercedes has a total of eight options for the GLC300! Some are inexpensive, but the number of different configurations really start to add up if you’re looking to get the best of the best.

To give you an idea of the extreme price difference between these two cars, the highest-configured RDX will set you back $44,795*. This includes the Advance Package and Nagivation, which also includes the features of the Technology Package and AcuraWatch Plus Package.

On the Mercedes GLC300, just adding the Parking Assist Package and Leather Seating Package will bring the price to $44,600**. To get Navigation requires the “Premium 2 Package”, at an extra $3,600**. The top-of-the-line Premium 3 Package will get you all that the previous two offer, but will set you back $7,200**. So a comparable GLC300 will end up well above $50,000**.

There are a few unique features on the GLC300, such as multicolor ambient lighting and a touchpad controller for the dashscreen system. But do a few extras justify such a huge price difference compared to the RDX?

Conclusion

Both the 2017 Acura RDX and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 offer different options for different types of buyers. However, there’s no denying the overall value seen with the RDX. Yes, the GLC300 offers a few more bells and whistles, but you pay dearly for them and the Mercedes-Benz logo.

*Acura Pricing Disclaimer: Pricing based on data on Acura.com. Includes destination charge. Pricing subject to change.

**Mercedes-Benz Pricing Disclaimer: Pricing based on data found on MBUSA.com. Pricing subject to change.