2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. Its Competition

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is one of our favorite full-size SUVs, but many alternatives still exist, even after the great bubble has burst.

The Cadillac Escalade offers three rows of seats and a trio of body styles to go with its ornate Detroit style;a hybrid powertrain also is available.

Lexus' LX 570 is huge, and off-road-friendly, but it's a hefty piece with punishing weight and low fuel economy, not to mention small third-row seats.

The Land Rover Range Rover drips with prestige and still maintains its reputation for exceptional off-road prowess, but only offers two rows of seats.

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View2012 Cadillac Escalade
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Quick Specs
With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters.
It can't rightly be called a value, but the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover delivers a truckload of ability and exclusivity along with its admittedly huge Monroney.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8
EPA Class  
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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