If style, comfort, and luxury are what you're searching for in an SUV, the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 Mercedes GLE SUV both succeed. Before choosing your preferred ride, take a look at our apples to apples comparison.
Space and Adaptability
The MDX just has more options when it comes to passengers and storage. With a third row of seats, it can fit up to seven passengers. But you won't have to choose between passengers and cargo, either, because both back rows of seats can be folded down to create more storage space. With this option engaged, the Acura MDX has up to 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space. As an added perk, the MDX provides a few secret compartments for valuables you want to keep out of sight. While spacious in its own right, the Mercedes GLE lacks a third row option. The second row can, however, be folded down to create up to 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space, rivaling the Acura's heavy-hitting space options. The GLE makes up for the lack of space in the head room department, offering a bit more breathing room for tall passengers than Acura. In this category, the Acura takes the lead.
The Acura MDX has a lot of impressive safety features. Blind spot assistance, rearview camera, rain sensing wind shield wipers, and lane keeping sensors will help you feel safe no matter where or under what conditions you are driving. It also sports a surround view camera that helps you see, at low speeds, what is on all sides of the car. This option is very valuable when parking or navigating tight spaces. However, the GLE ups the ante with all of these features plus a few more. One of these extras is the attention assist, which helps alert you when you are getting drowsy on long trips or late at night. It senses when you are dozing off, alerts you, and even can suggest you take a break. The crosswind assist is helpful for going over windy bridges or even when a big truck passes on the highway-it will keep you stable. The Mercedes wins this category with its comprehensive safety package.
If you are a technophile, the Mercedes is going to be your jam. It can come with an in car wi-fi hotspot that can host up to four devices. The Apple Car Play or the Android Auto both allow you to connect your smartphone to your 8" high definition display screen and make use of some of your major apps like maps, messages, music, and podcasts. The true technogeeks will really love the touch pad and knob controller on the center console, which responds to swipes, pinch, hand writing, and has so much more. The Acura is no technoslouch either. Its system does what the GLE does, allowing you to connect with Siri and will read your new messages to you and make hands-free calls. The MDX, like the GLE, also has the option of a split screen for the back seat so that the kids can be watching their own shows and listening on their wireless headphones. But without some of the other cool features, like the hotspot and the iPad-like touchscreen, the Acura can't compete.
The Acura MDX is a comfortable luxury vehicle. Power adjustable front seats, with two memory settings for the driver, make finding your optimum driving position easy without having to worry about readjusting every time you switch vehicles. Ventilated seats are an option for those hot summers and a heated steering wheel keeps your fingers nimble in the cold winter months. The Acura is nice, but the Mercedes-Benz GLE is just miles ahead in this department. There's a reason that Mercedes is one of the top names in the luxury vehicle game, and the dominance in driver comfort and passenger convenience is one of those reasons. The driver's seat offers three memory options, as well as fun little extras that matter, like heated and cooled cup holders, pre-installed garage door opener buttons that are ready for your custom programming, and a house style outlet in the back for plugging in your laptop or video game system with no need for an inverter. And the best option? Massage. No need to stop and stretch on a long trip-you can just activate the driver's seat massage feature. Mercedes-Benz has thought of everything-and that's the definition of luxury.
While the 2017 Acura MDX has the edge in space and adaptability, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE is a true luxury SUV. Though it costs a bit more, the GLE brings the total luxury package, including safety features and luxury options that the Acura hasn't even considered. With the GLE, you'll live the dream life you've always imagined: starting your car with your smartphone, setting the AC so your cabin is comfortable before you even arrive, movies in the front seat when you're waiting endlessly in line, an drive settings that allow you to customize your performance experience. Mercedes-Benz continues to provide vehicles that not only meet the luxury definition, but exceed it. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE is no exception.