The G-Wagen is not a vehicle one cross-shops for deals and features: you either very badly want it or you very much don’t.
But there are some competing vehicles that do have a fine balance of luxury and off-roadability. The newest of these—and probably most threatening—is the Land Rover Defender.
The iconic name has been revived for America after a 20-plus year hiatus.
It has the boxy, retro look, the absolute capability, and plenty of available luxury features.
What’s it missing? The performance piece of the puzzle.
Don’t expect 500-plus horses in this Land Rover. But the Range Rover? Oh yes.
It’s available with a number of powertrains, including a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 that pumps out 557 horsepower.
It is fast, off-road capable, and supremely luxurious.
For better or for worse, it also lacks the in-your-face panache of the G-Wagen. Over in the Japanese corner, the Lexus LX is the big, hulking SUV with good off-road chops.
It doesn’t look much tonier than the Toyota Land Cruiser from which it's based, but both will go anywhere with a quieter, more reserved persona. And yes, we tossed the Navigator into this ring of contenders as well.
Why? Because it’s the original American image SUV.
It won’t go far into the wilderness but it has a road presence that few can deny.
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|2020 Mercedes-Benz G ClassBrowse Used Listings||2020 Land Rover Range RoverBrowse Used Listings||2020 Land Rover DefenderBrowse Used Listings||2020 Lexus LXBrowse Used Listings||2020 Lincoln NavigatorBrowse Used Listings||2020 Toyota Land CruiserBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy|
|Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8||Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-8||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-8|
|G 550 4MATIC SUV||SWB||110 AWD||LX 570 Two Row 4WD||Standard 4x2||4WD (GS)|
|All Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2020 Mercedes-Benz G Class vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover||2020 Mercedes-Benz G Class vs. 2020 Land Rover Defender||2020 Mercedes-Benz G Class vs. 2020 Lexus LX||2020 Mercedes-Benz G Class vs. 2020 Lincoln Navigator||2020 Mercedes-Benz G Class vs. 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser|