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The 2010 Mercedes GLK350 Vs. 2010 Lexus RX350: Things You Never Knew

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The Mercedes GLK350 and the Lexus RX350 are two SUVs from different luxury brands that have a lot of similarities. However, the differences between these two vehicles equally abound. While both the 2010 Mercedes GLK350 and the 2010 Lexus RX350 are popular cars in Nigeria, it’s important to know their differences to enable you to make smarter decisions when it comes to buying any of them.

In this article, we will share with you some of the major differences between these two midsize SUVs to help you make a better buying decision.

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The 2010 Mercedes GLK350 Overview

The 2010 Mercedes GLK350 is a 5-door four-wheel-drive SUV that comes with a 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower, and a seven-speed autoamtic shifting, and goes from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The 2010 GLK350 has a soft ride and drives more like the G-class and feels more like the C-class. The vehicle comes with a cargo space of 23 cubic feet, and 55 cubic feet when the rear seats are rolled up. The SUV also has a fuel economy rating of 16 and 21 MPG for city and highway, and 16 MPG combined.

The 2010 Lexus RX350 Overview

2010 Lexus RX350 Price in Nigeria, Reviews, Models, Interior, Specs & More
2010 Lexus RX350 Price in Nigeria, Reviews, Models, Interior, Specs & More

Just like the 2010 GLK350, the 2010 Lexus RX350 comes with a 3.5-liter VVTI V6 engine that produces 275 horsepower compared to the 268 gotten from the GLK. The 5-seater SUV has front-wheel drive and an available rear-wheel drive, with a fuel economy rating of 18 and 24 for city and highway.

Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a nine-speaker stereo system and wood trim, while options, when it was new, include a sport package with a sport-tuned suspension, leather upholstery, navigation and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

One major challenge drivers have realized from the 2010 RX350 is that its competitors like the GLK have sportier handling and more power, and all the trim levels of the RX350 offer only a 5-seating arrangement, which doesn’t make it the ideal SUV for someone looking for a seven-seater SUV.

2010 Mercedes GLK350 and 2010 Lexus RX350 Major Difference

While the 2010 Mercedes GLK350 and the 2010 Lexus RX350 come with a 3.5-litre V6 engine, the engines’ capacities are not the same. While the RX350’s engine has good performance, that of the GLK is more powerful in comparison.

The GLK uses a 7-speed ECT gearbox while the RX350 uses a 22-pin gearbox which is prone to having transmission issues, which makes the gearbox of the GLK more reliable. Interestingly, despite the performance of the GLK, it’s not fuel-efficient compared to the RX350 which has 18 MPG in the city and 24 for the highway, whereas the GLK has 16 for the city and 21 MPG for the highway.

The interior of the Mercedes GLK is of higher quality compared to that of the Lexus RX350 which comes with a shiny-looking interior with materials that are not of the greatest quality. 

Another important thing you should consider before buying the Lexus RX350 in Nigeria is that it has a lot of fake car spare parts in the Nigerian market, it’s very hard to find the fake parts of the GLK as they are made of better and stronger quality. 

2010 Mercedes GLK 350 Vs. 2010 Lexus RX350: Which Should I Buy?

If you want better road handling, a vehicle with a stronger body build, and a better balance that makes a vehicle safer to drive, then the 2010 GLK350 should be your best option. However, the RX350 is cheaper for maintenance, has good fuel economy, and should be your best option if maintenance cost and fuel cost are your major concerns.


Before buying the 2010 GLK350 or the 2010 Lexus RX350, ensure you’ve gone through their pros and cons list. If you can bear the minimal fuel economy of the GLK350, it’ll be a better purchase considering the vehicle is designed with more quality material compared to the Lexus RX350.

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