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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Quick Specs
8.8
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.
8.6
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters.
9.0
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  
$61,570$63,060$79,425
Gas Mileage  
12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine  
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
Drivetrain  
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
775
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
Transmission  
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2012 Cadillac Escalade2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2012 Land Rover Range Rover