2013 Land Rover Range Rover vs. Its Competition

2013 Land Rover Range Rover
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Range Rover has few real competitors, given its five-seat interior and its decades-old patina of true off-road expertise.

There's the Mercedes-Benz GL Class, the modern-day reinterpretation of these classic SUVs, and it's very good--especially with the fuel-efficient diesel GL 350, though it lacks a certain panache.

Leave that to the Benz G Class, available in slab-sided, blazingly quick G63 AMG form, every bit the off-roader the Range Rover is--without the high-tech layer of intervention.

The BMW X5 has the on-road part of the equation down pat, with reasonably sharp handling and an M model that raises the bar for straight-line performance, but it's bland, inside and out.

The Lexus LX is related to the Toyota Land Cruiser, an SUV with a global reputation for go-anywhere ruggedness, but the latest one is bloated, complex, expensive, and mismatched for its mission, we think.

Finally, there's the Infiniti QX56, a blingy SUV that's not quite as played out as the Cadillac Escalade, but every bit the swank scene-maker, with some authentic off-road hardware underneath for display/show purposes when the need arises.

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Quick Specs
9.2
The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover swaps steel for aluminum, and delivers better performance and luxury in every dimension.
8.0
While it's not as fresh-faced as some of the competition, the 2013 BMW X5 continues to shine in utility, comfort, driving, and, in the X5 M, shockingly high performance.
8.4
If a need still exists for full-size luxury SUVs, it'll be fulfilled by civilized utes like the Infiniti QX56.
7.6
A luxurious SUV with limited appeal, the Lexus LX 570 isn't quite at home on the range, or on the interstate.
7.8
It has more power and more luxury features than ever, but the G Class' boxy charm and its hardcore off-road talent remain intact.
8.8
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class is a pricey way to go, but it's a luxury family wagon with great fuel economy and road manners, and some thoughtful new safety and luxury features to boot.
MSRP From     
$82,650$47,500$60,750$81,530$113,000$62,400
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 15 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6
EPA Class     
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility VehicleN/AN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4WD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door xDrive35i2WD 4-Door *Ltd Avail*4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door G 5504MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Drivetrain     
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
557857
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehiclesSport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift