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2012 Cadillac Escalade

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

  2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Side Exterior View
Invoice $59,063 $57,260
13/18 12/21
/ 10
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Bottom Line The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters. Read Full Review With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover. Read Full Review
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  • Status as luxury icon
  • Plush interior
  • Buff powertrains
  • Handles well (for such a heavy vehicle)
  • Under-the-radar green-lux status (Hybrid)


  • No easy-folding third-row seat
  • Embarrassingly low mpg (all but Hybrid)
  • Missing the latest infotainment and connectivity


  • Appealing blend of luxury, ruggedness
  • Spacious three-row seating
  • Real off-road ability
  • Diesel gives good fuel economy


  • Even the base GL is expensive
  • Ride gets jittery with big tires
  • GL 550's low gas mileage
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