2013 Mercedes-Benz G Class vs. Its Competition

2013 Mercedes-Benz G Class
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

With the passing years, the Mercedes-Benz G Class sees its erstwhile competition come and go.

HUMMER is gone for good, though a used H1 is a 1990s throwback with the same visual impact as a Gelaendewagen.

Back for the 2013 model year are both of the Japanese utes that have a strong off-road heritage; the Land Cruiser and the LX 570 are essentially the same vehicle, with more standard features on the Lexus accounting for its slightly higher weight (of just under 6000 pounds) and its slightly lower gas mileage, still a notch above that of the G550.

For a more regal take on off-roading with more control dictated by electronic systems, there's the latest Range Rover, which exudes confidence off-road and composure on pavement.

It's a much more modern iteration of the classic SUV than the G Class and feels like it, with a lighter, smaller, more nimble feel--if those are words that can even be used to describe any sport-utility vehicle, they describe the latest Range Rover.

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Quick Specs
It has more power and more luxury features than ever, but the G Class' boxy charm and its hardcore off-road talent remain intact.
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MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
12 MPG City / 15 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class  
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility Vehicle - 4WD
Style Name  
4MATIC 4-Door G 5504WD 4-Door4-Door 4WD (GS)
All-Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
Sport Utility VehiclesSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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