2017 Acura MDX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2017 Acura MDX

2017 Acura MDX

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

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Setting the 2017 Acura MDX and 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS against each other brings two of the most well-regarded three-row luxury SUVs in Atlantic City into conflict. You’re unlikely to be disappointed by either vehicle, but the Acura MDX pulls ahead in several key ways that move it beyond the reach of the Mercedes-Benz GLS.


You might assume that the 2017 Acura MDX and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS run as equals in terms of performance; they both carry a V6 engine and sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission as standard, after all.

That said, the new MDX has something the Mercedes-Benz GLS doesn’t: Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). Unlike the traditional 4MATIC AWD of the Mercedes-Benz, SH-AWD directs engine power to optimize performance for a track-like ride, as well as intelligently distributing traction for all-weather capability. You’ll notice the difference as soon as you take the Acura MDX for a test drive.

Interior Comfort

With three rows accommodating up to seven passengers in comfort, the Acura MDX and Mercedes-Benz GLS are ideal for family drivers who don’t want to bid farewell to world-class performance and next-generation technology.

Once again, the Acura ticks a few boxes that the Mercedes-Benz GLS misses. Only the Acura offers a leather-trimmed interior and tri-zone automatic climate control as standard — both mean upgrading to a pricier trim with the Benz. You can even switch the second-row bench for Captain’s Chairs, and there’s an innovative GPS-linked climate control system for effortless comfort — it reads changes in exterior temperature and adjusts the interior climate accordingly.


Mercedes-Benz tends to set the standard for industry safety, but the Acura MDX still pushes beyond the Mercedes-Benz GLS. For starters, you’ll receive a handy Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines as standard with the Acura instead of a more basic fixed camera. You’ll also find the following advanced driver-assistance technologies as standard in the Acura MDX but not the Mercedes-Benz GLS:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is Outpaced by the Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is available now from Boardwalk Acura, and you can contact us today to find out about anything from financing plans to trim levels. Alternatively, feel free to drop by for a closer look — you’ll find our showroom conveniently located between Ocean City and Atlantic City, in Egg Harbor Township.