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2016 Acura RLX vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class near Gaithersburg, MD

Find Out Which Luxury Midsize Sedan Gives You More

Making a new-vehicle purchase is a big deal, and you always treat is as such. You put the time and energy into researching which option makes the most sense for you and your needs. This time, Pohanka Acura has done the work for you, as we have compared the ever-popular Acura RLX to one of its competitors. So, if you’re looking to drive home in a new luxury midsize sedan, check out our comparison of the 2016 Acura RLX vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class near Gaithersburg, MD.

While both the 2016 Acura RLX and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class have a thrilling V6 engine under their sculpted hoods, only one gives you more power and greater fuel efficiency. The V6 in the RLX produces 310 horsepower, while the V6 in the E-Class only generates 302 horsepower. Even with a more thrilling performance, the RLX squeezes passed the E-Class with better gas mileage. In the RLX, you’ll have a fuel rating of 20/31/24 MPG city/hwy/combined1, while the E-Class only has 20/29/23 MPG city/hwy/combined2.

Our side-by-side look of the 2016 Acura RLX vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class near Gaithersburg, MD, also shows which one has a more tantalizing interior. One of the first things you’ll notice is that the RLX gives you two full-color display screens mounted on the center stack, while the E-Class only has one. You’ll only find leather seats standard in the RLX, and these seats also come standard with heating and ventilated capabilities, which are all only optional features in the E-Class. Similarly, only the RLX comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. To make this wheel even better, you’ll have mounted controls for both your audio and cruise control features, while the steering wheel in the E-Class only has controls for your audio functions.

Another feature that is standard in the 2016 RLX but only optional in the 2016 E-Class is push to start, as well as SiriusXM® Satellite Radio3. The innovative navigation system4 in the RLX keeps you up-to-date on your morning commute with real-time traffic updates, while such innovation isn’t available on the navigation system5 in the E-Class. Additionally, you can use your voice in the RLX to control the air conditioning, audio settings, the navigation system4, and the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink6 system. However, your voice can only control Bluetooth®6 settings in the E-Class. And to give you a better view of what awaits behind you, the Acura RLX comes standard with an innovative rearview camera7, showing you multiple views once you shift into Reverse. Such protection is only offered in top trims of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

You may not think cargo space is a factor when comparing luxury midsize sedans, but it could very well sway you one way or the other. In the Acura RLX, you’ll find 14.9 cubic ft. of interior volume, ready to be packed with bags from Diamond Square Shopping Center. However, you’ll only find 12.9 cubic ft. of interior volume in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And while the E-Class may have a slightly larger trunk, only the RLX offered trunk pass through for longer items. If that isn’t enough, the RLX also has more front and rear legroom than the E-Class. You’ll enjoy 42.3 inches in the front and 38.8 inches in the rear of the RLX, while the E-Class only has 41.3 inches in the front and 35.8 inches in the rear.

To make sure you drive home in the right luxury midsize sedan, check out our comparison of the 2016 Acura RLX vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class near Gaithersburg, MD. Even better, visit Pohanka Acura today to test drive the 2016 RLX. 


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1 Based on 2016 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 models only) and other factors.

2 EPA estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

3 SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, subscription purchasable after trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM® Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change. Not all vehicles are capable of receiving all services offered by SiriusXM®. Current information and features may not be available in all locations, or on all receivers. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous USA and DC. SiriusXM® Internet Radio service is available throughout our satellite service area and in AK, HI and PR. © 2014 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

4 Acura Navigation System and related features available only in the United States, Puerto Rico and parts of Canada. See your local Acura dealer for information regarding navigation system area coverage.

5 While the navigation system provides directional assistance, the driver must remain focused on safe driving behavior, including paying attention to traffic and street signs. The driver should utilize the system's audio cues while driving and should only consult the map or visual displays once the vehicle has been stopped in a safe place. Maps do not cover all areas or all routes within an area.

6 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks is under license.

7 Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rear view camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.

2016 Acura RLX near Gaithersburg, MD

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