Compare 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe
2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2WD 4-Door 1500 LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $36,042 $38,755
4WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $39,817 $42,815
2WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $40,831 $43,905
4WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $43,482 $46,755
2WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $49,262 $52,970
4WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $52,149 $56,075
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4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC 17 21 $57,260 $61,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL450 13 18 $58,190 $62,570
4MATIC 4-Door GL550 12 17 $79,329 $85,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,042
$57,260
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,755
$61,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$646 / month
$1026 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe is no longer fresh-faced, but it remains one of the best bets for those needing tough, true truck capability and plenty of passenger space. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
49.1 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 40.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.9 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
60.3 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
61.7 50.5
Second Leg Room (in)
39.0 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
60.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 58.3
Passenger Capacity
9 7
Third Leg Room (in)
25.6 34.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 143.0
Exterior Dimensions
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
NA -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.7 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
202.0 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
9.1 -
Height, Overall (in)
76.9 72.4
Step Up Height - Front (in)
NA -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- TBD - -
Wheelbase (in)
116.0 121.1
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
10.5 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
79.0 78.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
- 200.7
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 65.1
Track Width, Front (in)
- 65.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.4 51.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
60.3 43.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
49.1 40.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
81.4 83.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
108.9 83.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
15.2 18.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.9 14.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
41.7 31.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 0.8 13.0 x 0.9
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.2 14.7 x 1.3
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26 26.4
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.8 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 39.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.6
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 18.6
Tires
Front Tire Size
P265/70R17 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - -
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 NA
Front Tire Order Code
QGI NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZVL NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - -
Rear Tire Size
P265/70R17 P275/50R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 -
Rear Tire Order Code
QGI NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
825 600
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5500 7500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
4100 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2670 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
7100 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3200 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2778 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
11000 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 5512
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 20 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 20 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
16.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
5.3L/323 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
320 @ 5400 210 @ 3400
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V8 Turbocharged Diesel V6
Fuel System
SFI Direct Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
335 @ 4000 400 @ 1600-2400
Engine Order Code
LMG NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 1.00
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - TBD -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 2.86
Trans Order Code
MYC NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 4.38
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.45
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Tahoe Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Body Code
E52 -
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.41 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4200 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3250 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.08 -
Axle Type - Front
Independent -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
46 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3400 -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Multi-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.10 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4100 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-floating -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- NA
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 11.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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