2019 Lexus RXL vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The RXL offers optional Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the RXL’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the RXL and the AMG GLE 43 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RXL the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the RXL 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG GLE 43 Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The RXL’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the RXL second among midsize premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the RX 450hL gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (29 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the RX 350L AWD gets better fuel mileage than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (18 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the RXL Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The RX 450hL has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the RXL has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (8.2 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the RXL to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Lexus RXL may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 500 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

The design of the Lexus RXL amounts to more than styling. The RXL has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the RXL get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The RXL has standard seating for 7 passengers; the AMG GLE 43 Coupe can only carry 5.

The RXL has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The RXL’s cargo area provides more volume than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

 

RXL

AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Third Seat Folded

33.4 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

23 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70.7 cubic feet

60.7 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the RXL’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just holding your hand near the emblem on the trunk can open the RXL’s available liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 3% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked 6th.

Ergonomics

The RXL offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the RXL has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RXL has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The RXL is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus RXL, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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