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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2020 Acura MDX | Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs. 2020 Acura MDX

When you think about big vehicles with plenty of hauling capabilities, it can be impossible to attach the word “luxury”. This is why the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS comes out as a surprising vehicle with its luxurious profile that is combined with an off-road capability. In fact, this three-row luxury SUV is able to deliver a solid performance while having ultra-comfortable features.

It is also interesting to learn that the 2020 Acura MDX is out to challenge the GLS. This equally-spacious vehicle seems to have no changes from the last model year. Let us take a quick comparison to check if it can level against the GLS.

Design & Style

Large SUV styling is something that the Mercedes-Benz people have mastered through the years. The new GLS is a testament to this as it displays an elegant exterior that is punctuated with an aerodynamic design. The longer wheelbase affords the passengers with more legroom in the cabin. Although most of the design cues are muscular, the brilliant LED lighting kept it looking polished and sophisticated.

As mentioned earlier, it seems that there are no visible changes on the MDX for this model year. The dated exterior made the previous design cues look significantly older and boring.

Technology & Safety

A Mercedes-Benz can’t be a Mercedes-Benz if it does not have advanced technology in it. The GLS has plenty of room not only for people but also for more tech upgrades. Its infotainment is responsive and is game-changing especially the voice command feature. Aside from the state-of-the-art entertainment setup, the GLS also has first-class driver aids that are well-calibrated to make the most accurate readings and provide due responses.

The MDX may have an advanced infotainment but it demands a lot of attention to use. The menu structure is nor intuitive and will only distract the driver when actively used on the road. There are also issues on the driver aids that make them unfit to use.


The GLS features an electric-assist hybrid powertrain for a silky smooth transmission. The GLS uses a forward-facing camera to aid in scanning for bumps on the road. This triggers the air-suspension system to adjust accordingly and damp out the outcomes of such road imperfections.

The MDX could have a lot of power from its V-6 engine but it is surprisingly slow and underwhelming delivering at only up to 290 hp.

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is on top of the brand’s hierarchy and it suits its position very well, especially after comparing it against the 2020 Acura MDX.

Ready to Schedule a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Test Drive Today?

At Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown, we offer a wide variety of Mercedes-Benz models for you to choose from, including the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS and we are more than happy to arrange for a test drive so that you can experience the stellar features of this vehicle. Call us today to make an appointment or simply pay us a visit at our showroom today!


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630 Middle Country Road St. James, NY


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