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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|2013 Mercedes-Benz GL ClassBrowse Used Listings||2013 Cadillac EscaladeBrowse Used Listings||2013 INFINITI QX56Browse Used Listings||2013 Lexus LX 570Browse Used Listings||2013 Lincoln NavigatorBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Diesel V6||Gas/Ethanol V8||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas/Ethanol V8|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC||2WD 4-Door Base||2WD 4-Door *Ltd Avail*||4WD 4-Door||2WD 4-Door|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic|
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|2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2013 Cadillac Escalade||2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2013 INFINITI QX56||2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2013 Lexus LX 570||2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2013 Lincoln Navigator|