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Mercedes-Benz has always been in a class of its own. From inventing the first modern automobile in 1886 to being the first to put brakes on all four wheels in 1924, this unique brand continues to impress. The 2021 GLA SUV is luxurious, powerful, and technologically advanced, more so than other vehicles in its class. When you compare the GLA to its rivals, as we've done below, you can see how Mercedes-Benz continues to outshine the competition. Continue reading to compare the 2021 GLA to the 2021 Lexus UX.
When you initially compare these two luxury crossover SUVs, it's easy to focus on the remarkable features they share, such as aluminum roof rails, alloy wheels, power panorama roof, and LED headlights. Even as the smallest Mercedes-Benz SUV, the GLA has a longer wheelbase so it delivers a more comfortable ride.
Speaking of comfort, all you have to do is open the door to see the GLA provides more headroom and legroom than the Lexus UX. The Mercedes GLA offers a 40/20/40 rear seat split so you have a variety of configurations to suit your cargo needs, opening up to a full 50.5 cubic feet of room when the seats are fully folded, a difference of more than 30 cubic feet than you would get from the Lexus UX. The GLA also offers such exciting features as privacy glass, a 64-color LED ambient lighting system with illuminated vents, and adjustable rear seats.
Connectivity is important in today's world and you'll find similar technology in both the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Lexus UX that helps you keep you in touch. Both luxury SUVs offer standard 7-inch multimedia displays that mirror your smartphone apps for easy access to your maps, music, or phone. You can keep your devices conveniently charged in both vehicles with USB ports or optional wireless charging.
While the Lexus UX offers voice command for their infotainment system, only the GLA has the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with the easy-to-learn intuitive speech interface. You can tell your Mercedes that you're low on gas and the available navigation will guide you to the nearest station. And for the audiophiles, the GLA offers the optional Burmester® Surround Sound audio system for a concert-like experience.
When it comes to performance, there's no question that the Mercedes-Benz GLA is the clear cut winner. The redesigned GLA boasts a 2.0L turbocharged engine that generates a thrilling 221 horsepower and 258 lb/ft of torque, leaving the Lexus UX in the dust with its meek 169 horsepower. Both vehicles have front-wheel drive and while the Lexus UX comes with a ten-speed CVT automatic transmission, the Mercedes GLA delivers an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The dual clutches mean faster gear changes for a more intensified response.
The GLA comes standard with ECO-START® system that automatically shuts the engine off at stoplights or in other idle situations. This fuel-saving technology means the Mercedes SUV gets an impressive 34 MPG on the highway. The GLA offers available performance features such as adjustable suspension with Adaptive Damping System and the multimode drive program selector.
Look up any list of safest vehicles and you'll always see Mercedes-Benz and Lexus on those lists. It's very obvious that both take the safety of you and your family seriously and it shows. Both the Mercedes GLA and the Lexus UX come standard with LED daytime running lamps, LED fog lamps, and LED head- and tail lamps for better visibility. They both offer advanced driver assist features including blind spot assist and pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection. But the Mercedes GLA takes your safety to a whole new level.
ATTENTION ASSIST®, standard on the GLA, is the first system of its kind, an innovative feature that monitors driving behavior and will notify the driver with both an audio and a visual warning if drowsiness is detected. Mercedes-Benz also offers Crosswind Assist as standard on the GLA as well, an advanced system of sensors that help keep your vehicle on course while driving in high winds.
When you step back and look at which luxury crossover SUV is right for your family, consider all that Mercedes-Benz brings to the table over the Lexus UX. Solid safety, advanced technology, and opulent comfort are just a few of the amazing features offered by the Mercedes GLA. Take the short drive from Menifee or Murrieta to Mercedes-Benz of Temecula to experience the luxury for yourself.
|2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA||2021 Lexus UX|
|50.5 Cubic Feet||Max Cargo Capacity||17.1 Cubic Feet|
|6.8 Seconds||Standard 0-60 MPH||8.9 Seconds|
|38 Inches||Rear Legroom||33.1 Inches|
|Standard 3 Position||Driver Memory Positions||Available Upgrade|
|Available||Adjustable Suspension with Adaptive Damping||Not Available|
|Standard||Digital Instrument Cluster||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control||Standard|
|34 Highway - 25 City||Fuel Economy (MPG)||37 Highway - 29 City|
|2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA|
|2021 Lexus UX|
|50.5 Cubic Feet|
|Max Cargo Capacity|
|17.1 Cubic Feet|
|Standard 0-60 MPH|
|Standard 3 Position|
|Driver Memory Positions|
|Adjustable Suspension with Adaptive Damping|
|Digital Instrument Cluster|
|Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control|
|34 Highway - 25 City|
|Fuel Economy (MPG)|
|37 Highway - 29 City|
*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.