2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. Its Competition

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

It's more prestigious than its competitors, but some other full-size SUVs offer three rows of seats and some exceptionally powerful engines to go with their sky-high pricetags.

The GL competes with the Cadillac Escalade, of course, and the Escalade is the best-selling ute in the segment.

In part it's due to its celebrity status--but it also comes in a variety of body styles, including a pickup version with a fold-down midgate.

The Lincoln Navigator was to the 1990s what the Escalade was to the 2000s; it's fallen out of favor, though it's still glitzed up and to its credit, much less expensive than the Caddy.

So's the Infiniti QX, which no longer shares a platform with the Nissan Armada.

Now built in Japan, it's smoother and quieter, and a better vehicle overall than before.

Finally, there's the Lexus LX, a lightly appliqued version of the Toyota Land Cruiser.

It's immense, with packaging that's not really that good for such a large vehicle, but its off-road ability may be the best of this group.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class is a pricey way to go, but it's a luxury family wagon with great fuel economy and road manners, and some thoughtful new safety and luxury features to boot.
Especially if towing capability matters, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most luxurious--and most fashionable--luxury SUVs you can get.
If a need still exists for full-size luxury SUVs, it'll be fulfilled by civilized utes like the Infiniti QX56.
The 2013 Lincoln Navigator feels uniquely American in a way that's unmatched by most other big SUVs; but it's behind the times in many respects.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas/Ethanol V8
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AN/AN/A
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door *Ltd Avail*2WD 4-Door
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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