2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2018 Acura MDX
Drivers looking for third-row SUVs have plenty of choices on the market. Add luxury and style as caveats to the search, and the number of available options shrinks…significantly. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS is a full-size luxury SUV that gives drivers the lavish interior comfort, high-throttle performance, and cutting-edge technology they’ve come to expect from Mercedes-Benz in a stylish 7-seat SUV. Likewise, luxury brand Acura has released their 2018 MDX third-row SUV which offers comfort and technology underwritten by Honda’s reliable track record.
The design of these two vehicles offers a solid picture of their respective manufacturers. The GLS is sophisticated, expensive-looking, and quietly powerful. The MDX moves for a more bold and athletic exterior appearance. Its thick, tapered C-pillar, though a visual obstruction, is pulled right from Acura’s more juvenile sports-car line. Both options give drivers a distinct drive experience. Here’s how the two measure up:
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC®
2018 Acura MDX (SH-AWD w/Advance Entertainment Pacakge)
|362 hp (@5500 rpm)||Horsepower||290 hp (@6200 rpm)|
|7500 lbs (w/ optional hitch)||Towing Capacity||3500 lbs|
|35 inches||Third Row Leg Room||28.1 inches|
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Advantages
As the largest and most robust of Mercedes-Benz crossover GL line, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS provides luxury, performance, and safety features standard. The standard 3.0L V6 Biturbo engine kicks out 362 horsepower and almost 370 lb-ft of torque. An upgraded 4.7L V8 Biturbo engine delivers 449 horsepower in the GLS 550. Finally, an AMG® GLS 63 model puts 577 horsepower under your hood with its handcrafted 5.5L AMG® V8 Biturbo engine.
You’ll be ready for whatever terrain your adventures throw at you with standard 4MATIC® all-wheel drive*. This innovative system responds to the level of traction beneath your wheels and diverts engine torque to the wheels that have the most traction, ensuring you don’t lose your grip on the road. The MDX features an available all-wheel drive system, but it is an expensive option over the base FWD.
One of the features drivers look forward to the most in their Mercedes-Benz vehicles is the technology. A comfortable and intelligent interior greets drivers, with an 8-inch high resolution color display and COMAND® touchpad controller. Hand-finished wood trim, a Nappa leather multifunction steering wheel, heated and powered driver-seat and a standard tilt/slide sunroof round out standard cabin amenities.
The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class SUV is not only striking, but it’s safe also. High-tech safety features include ATTENTION ASSIST®, Crosswind Assit, Active Brake Assist, LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), and a standard rearview camera with active guidelines are just a few of the myriad futuristic safety features standard on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class SUV.
Finally, your sleek and powerful fortress on wheels benefits from a host of available technology and convenience upgrades like soothing multicolor ambient-lighting, heated/cooled front cup holders, dual panoramic moonroof, and rear-seat entertainment system are available for maximum comfort and the smoothest rides possible. Your whole family will look forward to rides in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV.
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*Best performance on snow and ice obtained with winter tires. Please always drive carefully, consistent with road conditions.
Color Options in the 2017 and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV
While the design language and surfaces of the clean and intellectual Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV have been taken care of by the team of designers at Mercedes-Benz, you have an important choice to make - what color do you want to show off? 11 colors with a variety of finishes are available for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV. Each one has personality and power. See them for yourself!
*European models shown.