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2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 vs. 2017 Acura RLX

2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300vs. 2017 Acura RLX

If you’re shopping for a luxury sedan, you’ve likely got both the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 and the 2017 Acura RLX in your sights. So, how do you decide? Compared to the 2017 Acura RLX, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 piles the luxury features on high—and for a more affordable price-tag. The 2018 E 300 offers:

  • Lower starting MSRP
  • Larger central display screen
  • Brand-exclusive interior luxuries
  • Optional WiFi hotspot

We’ve poured over the specs and put together the following comparison. Look below to see how the new E-Class outsmarts and outdoes the RLX!

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 VS 2017 Acura RLX
$52,950 Starting MSRP $54,450
12.3 inches Central Infotainment Display 8 inches
Standard 64-Color Ambient Lighting Feature Not Offered
Optional Cooled Seats Feature Not Offered
Optional WiFi Hotspot Feature Not Offered


While the Acura RLX and Mercedes-Benz E 300 are priced in the same neighborhood, the 2018 E 300 offers a greater value compared to the 2017 RLX. With a starting price of $52,950, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 has many of the same advanced features—and then some—inside the pricier 2017 RLX, which starts at $54,450.

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E 300 parked in driveway


When you need to stay connected on the road, the Mercedes-Benz E 300 has your back with a 12.3-inch high-resolution COMAND® display. Fast HDD navigation with 3D maps, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth®* handsfree and audio streaming, and a voice-operated control system are standard equipment for every E 300. The RLX includes those features, too, although its 8-inch screen makes it more difficult to view maps of Chicago and Evanston clearly while on the road.

Luxury Features

Roomy and well-equipped, the E 300 and RLX represent the luxury of their brands well. When you compare them side-by-side, though, the winner is clear. While the RLX offers a few exclusives of its own, such as heated front seats and intelligent cruise control, it simply can’t compete with the E 300 Sedan’s lengthy list of luxuries. All of the following are standard for the E-Class:

  • 64-color ambient lighting
  • Genuine wood trim
  • Power-adjustable front seats with memory
  • Optional cooled front seats
  • Optional electronic trunk closer

Additionally, there’s one more feature included in the COMAND® system that you won’t find in the RLX: an optional WiFi hotspot providing a 4G LTE internet connection. So, when the signal on your smartphone begins to fade, the E 300 comes through with a strong, secure connection for continued use of your devices.

E 300 Interior

Learn More About the 2018 E 300 Today!

If you’re done taking notes and ready to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300, contact our knowledgeable staff at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago, conveniently located near Oak Park at 1520 W. North Avenue in Chicago, IL. Our sales team can be reached Monday through Saturday at (312) 628-2319.

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