full rundown of these two models, researchers found the Mercedes to be above average in choice of body styles, rear or all wheel drive, its high performance, and having a variety of engines. The Lexus also ranked highly in its choice of engines and rear or all-wheel drive, as well as having comfortable seats.
have a starting price within $2,000 of each other, so price doesn’t play a huge role here. Instead, drivers should look at the features associated with both cars.
In the case of these two models, many of the Mercedes’ driver assist features are optional rather than standard, which means it doesn’t come with things the Lexus does. For that reason, in terms of Lexus or Mercedes, Lexus wins out in small luxury cars.
, while the Mercedes SL has a powerful engine and sleek design.
Cons for both brands in this category are their infotainment systems. While the SL’s is outdated, the LC’s is distracting to the driver. Plus, the Lexus has minimal trunk space for storage while the Mercedes has ample room in the rear.
When it comes to luxury sports cars, it seems Lexus has more cons than pros, giving Mercedes the win in this category.
reports that while the Mercedes GLS starts at $76,000 for the 2021 model, the Lexus LX starts significantly higher for the same year model, at $86,830.
A $10,000 price difference is hard to justify, no matter the bells and whistles that come with the car. Not to mention, if space is something that matters to you, the Mercedes GLS actually comes with more of it, despite the lower price. While not a huge difference, with the rear seats folded in the GLS you’ll get 84.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while in the LX with the rear seats folded you’ll only get 83.1 cubic feet of space.
With more space for less money, we have no choice but to pick Mercedes again in the category of luxury SUVs. With two out of three category wins, it looks like Mercedes won out in this battle of the brands.
Alexandra Maloney is an insurance writer who specializes in vehicle rankings and basic insurance topics. Alexandra’s mission is to create articles that help car owners select the best vehicle and insurance coverage for their lifestyle, budget, and drive. Alexandra has written more than 300 articles for Jerry, ranging from vehicle safety topics to vehicle maintenance costs. Before joining Jerry, Alexandra studied journalism and business administration at the University of Richmond.