2019 Acura MDX Advance vs 2018 Mercedes Benz GLE AMG

2019 Acura MDX Advance vs 2018 Mercedes Benz GLE AMG

There are a lot of reasons to choose a third-row luxury SUV. They’re big enough for the whole family, and they keep everyone happy with their cavernous interiors and extravagant features in the name of comfort.

There are not many luxury SUVs that can compete with either the 2019 Acura MDX Advance or the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLE AMG. So, we decided to put them up against each other instead. Read on to see the 2019 Acura MDX Advance go head-to-head with the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLE AMG.

2019 Acura MDX Advance  


2018 Mercedes Benz GLE AMG 

$56,050 * Starting MSRP  $55,700 *before AMG package 
321 hp  Horsepower  329 hp 
20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with FWD* Fuel Economy  17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway 
3.5-liter direct injection V-6  Engine Type  3.0-liter V6 biturbo 


*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

The 2019 Acura MDX Advance is available here at Radley Acura in Falls Church, VA

You’ll notice that the 2019 Acura MDX Advance does have a $350 higher starting MSRP, which will vary by location and added features. In return you get three more mpg city and four more mpg highway. 

Now let’s talk size. As SUVs, both vehicles have similar proportions, but it’s worth noting that the 2019 Acura MDX Advance is 7.1 inches longer at 196.2 inches, and 3.4 inches shorter. Size is not only about aesthetic, but about the comfort of the passengers within. These differences make for slightly more leg room for front passengers in the MDX Advance vs the Benz GLE AMG, as well as slightly more shoulder room, while the Benz GLE AMG has slightly more head room. Sometimes little differences in size may make a big difference in comfort.

While we’re on the topic of comfort, we should note the difference in seating that comes with the Advance package. The 2019 Acura MDX Advance comes with heated 2nd-row Captain’s Chairs, meaning they have a center console between them with cupholders, storage space, and dual USB ports. Front seats also are heated and ventilated. Additionally, the Advance package comes with Surround-View Camera, a Heated Steering Wheel, LED Fog Lights, Automatic Dimming Side Mirrors, Roof Rails, and luxury finishes with Milano Leather and Natural Wood.

Let’s compare that with the AMG package for the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLE. You can choose between the AMG Line Exterior or AMG Line Interior (or both). The exterior package features AMG body styling and 20-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels. The interior package adds on sport interior appointments, sport front seats, and brushed aluminum pedals.

Now that you know about the 2019 Acura MDX Advance, come to Radley Acura in Falls Church, VA and take a test drive!