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2012 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

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2012 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View
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While the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class offers the same seating and off-road capability as the X5, it also has what some consider to be edgier styling.

Porsche's Cayenne is just as impressive in on-road handling, but seats five passengers maximum and has perhaps worse styling.

The Lexus GX 460 is slightly smaller, but packs in even more features than the X5, while the Cadillac Escalade is glitzier and larger, with the option of a hybrid.

Land Rover's Range Rover is the most stylish of the group, with a truly excellent interior and real off-road prowess, but at a premium price.

2012 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW X52011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View2012 Cadillac Escalade2012 Land Rover Range Rover2012 Land Rover Range Rover2011 Lexus GX 460 4WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus GX 4602012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class2012 Porsche Cayenne2012 Porsche Cayenne
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It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
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The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters.
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It can't rightly be called a value, but the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover delivers a truckload of ability and exclusivity along with its admittedly huge Monroney.
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The 2012 GX 460 is a good pick for those who need the serious towing ability of a body-on-frame SUV, along with the refinement of a Lexus. But gas mileage is dismal, and it has some pretty critical packaging flaws that limit its usefulness.
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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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The 2012 Porsche Cayenne comes equipped to take on a rugged trail, the racetrack, and child ferrying, all in the same day.
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Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name     
AWD 4-Door 35i2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTECAWD 4-Door Manual
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door4-Door SUVSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual
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