2013 Land Rover Range Rover vs. Its Competition

2013 Land Rover Range Rover
Martin Padgett Martin 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
The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover swaps steel for aluminum, and delivers better performance and luxury in every dimension.
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.
If a need still exists for full-size luxury SUVs, it'll be fulfilled by civilized utes like the Infiniti QX56.
It has more power and more luxury features than ever, but the G Class' boxy charm and its hardcore off-road talent remain intact.
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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Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 15 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6
EPA Class    
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4WD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door xDrive35i2WD 4-Door *Ltd Avail*4MATIC 4-Door G 5504MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport UtilitySport Utility VehiclesSport Utility
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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