2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. Its Competition

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty 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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2012 Land Rover Range Rover2012 Land Rover Range Rover
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2011 Lexus LX 570 4WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus LX 570
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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.
The 2011 Lexus LX 570 is no Range Rover or Escalade, and it isn't a serious trail crawler either; what's left is a luxurious and well equipped SUV, but one with limited appeal.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC2WD 4-Door Base4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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