Comparison: 2017 Acura MDX vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class
New York winters call for an SUV that’s serious when it comes to performance, with a warm and cozy cabin. In the world of luxury utes, you’ll find a few that fit the bill, but always compare models before deciding.
Here, we’ll summarize the important differences between the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Both are popular among drivers in Middletown, but if you need extra seating or towing capacity, there’s a clear winner.
Read on, then come get behind the wheel of the MDX.
The 2017 and soon to be released 2018 MDX come in gasoline and hybrid models. The base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with SportShift paddle shifters, making 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive and optional with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive System. Even standard models can tow up to 5,000 pounds, making it a great choice if you have recreational equipment to haul.
The 2017 and soon to be released 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid has three electric motors combined with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with sequential SportShift paddle shifters (originally developed for the NSX supercar). It makes a net 321 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque.
Both models feature a MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, amplitude reactive dampers, and Agile Handling Assist.
The 2017 GLC has two engine options, but no hybrid powertrain. The base is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 241 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque, while the upgrade is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 362 horsepower and 382 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines have a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and come available with all-wheel drive. The GLC has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Lower trims feature a four-wheel multilink suspension with selective damping, while the GLC 43 has an AMG Sport Suspension based on Air Body Control.
The MDX features up to three rows of seating for as many as seven passengers, with 132 cubic feet of passenger space. Additionally, it features 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 38.4 cubes behind the second row, and 68.4 cubic feet of volume with all rear seats folded.
Additionally, the MDX comes standard with a power moonroof, three-zone climate control, and a power-operated tailgate, all of which are unavailable or optional on the GLC.
The GLC features two rows of seating for up to five passengers, making it a less-than-ideal choice for large families. It has 40 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and up to 57.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded.
Starting at $44,050 MSRP**
Starting at $39,150 MSRP**
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**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.