The world of full-size luxury SUVs is jammed with high-dollar names like the Brit-cool Land Rover Range Rover, which is also considerably more expensive than the BMW X5.
The Lexus GX 470 is a slightly smaller choice in this group, while Infiniti's QX56 is a big SUV in the American mold, down to its unimpressive trim in the back two seating rows.
Porsche's Cayenne seats only five and has drab styling, but great handling for an SUV.
The Cadillac Escalade out-blings all these vehicles and has a smooth powertrain to go with its high price tag and low fuel economy, though a Hybrid edition is coming.
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class matches the X5 in seating and off-road capacity, and to our eyes, it's more handsome than the BMW.
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|15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V8|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|AWD 4-Door 3.0si||2WD 4-Door||AWD 4-Door Manual||4WD 4-Door HSE||4WD 4-Door|
|All-Wheel Drive||2WD||All Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door||4-Door SUV|
|Automatic||HD Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|