2020 Lexus NX Series vs. 2020 Mercedes GLC

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The NX Series offers an optional Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The GLC doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the NX Series and the GLC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Lexus NX Series is safer than the Mercedes GLC:

NX Series

GLC

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

352 lbs.

409 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

303 lbs.

784 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the NX Series its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLC has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

The NX Series’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLC’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the NX Series’ reliability 45 points higher than the GLC.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the NX 300h gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 4MATIC (33 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the NX 300 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the GLC 300 4MATIC (22 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the NX Series 300h’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLC doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The NX 300h 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 GLC doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The NX Series stops much shorter than the GLC:

NX Series

GLC

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The NX Series has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GLC; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the NX Series’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the GLC’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the NX 300h has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GLC (6.7 vs. 5 inches), allowing the NX Series to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The NX 300’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the GLC (6.9 vs. 5 inches).

Passenger Space

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The NX Series has .4 inches more front headroom and 2 inches more front legroom than the GLC.

The front step up height for the NX Series is 1.9 inches lower than the GLC (18.1” vs. 20”). The NX Series’ rear step up height is 4.5 inches lower than the GLC’s (18” vs. 22.5”).

Cargo Capacity

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The NX Series’ cargo area is larger than the GLC’s in almost every dimension:

NX Series

GLC

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

36”/71.5”

36.6”/61.3”

Max Width

53”

49.4”

Min Width

44.3”

43.3”

Height

27”

31.1”

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 11% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked fifth.

Ergonomics

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The NX Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GLC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the NX Series has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLC only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the NX Series owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the NX Series will cost $415 to $2290 less than the GLC over a five-year period.

The NX Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the NX Series will retain 50.95% to 51.77% of its original price after five years, while the GLC only retains 44.66% to 45.7%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the NX Series is less expensive to operate than the GLC because typical repairs cost much less on the NX Series than the GLC, including $324 less for a water pump, $4 less for a muffler, $198 less for front brake pads, $109 less for a starter, $28 less for a fuel pump, $4243 less for front struts and $739 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus NX Series will be $8751 to $19709 less than for the Mercedes GLC.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lexus NX Series and the Mercedes GLC, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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