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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. Its Competition

 
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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It's more prestigious than its competitors, but some other full-size SUVs offer three rows of seats and some exceptionally powerful engines to go with their sky-high pricetags.

The GL competes with the Cadillac Escalade, of course, and the Escalade is the best-selling ute in the segment.

In part it's due to its celebrity status--but it also comes in a variety of body styles, including a pickup version with a fold-down midgate.

The Lincoln Navigator was to the 1990s what the Escalade was to the 2000s; it's fallen out of favor, though it's still glitzed up and to its credit, much less expensive than the Caddy.

So's the Infiniti QX, which no longer shares a platform with the Nissan Armada.

Now built in Japan, it's smoother and quieter, and a better vehicle overall than before.

Finally, there's the Lexus LX, a lightly appliqued version of the Toyota Land Cruiser.

It's immense, with packaging that's not really that good for such a large vehicle, but its off-road ability may be the best of this group.

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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.
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Especially if towing capability matters, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most luxurious--and most fashionable--luxury SUVs you can get.
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If a need still exists for full-size luxury SUVs, it'll be fulfilled by civilized utes like the Infiniti QX56.
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A luxurious SUV with limited appeal, the Lexus LX 570 isn't quite at home on the range, or on the interstate.
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The 2013 Lincoln Navigator feels uniquely American in a way that's unmatched by most other big SUVs; but it's behind the times in many respects.
MSRP From    
$62,400$63,745$60,750$81,530$57,875
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door *Ltd Avail*4WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
77787
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
 
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