2016 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. Its Competition

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

While the GL wears a badge worthy of a little more cachet, some of its full-size SUV competitors offer three rows of seats and exceptional power to match their pricetags, too.

The Cadillac Escalade has a thoroughly modern cabin with sometimes frustrating infotainment features and a cumbersome truck-like ride.

The Lincoln Navigator delivers willing power from its twin-turbo V-6 engine but suffers from the same issues as the Escalade.

The Infiniti QX80 is also more affordable than the competition, and it comes with legitimate luxury and off-road ability, but it has polarizing sheet metal and yacht-like handling.

Finally, there's the Lexus LX 570, which essentially gets a little more leather than the Toyota Land Cruiser it is directly based on.

It's oversized in every dimension, but it's also the most rugged for off-pavement use in the group.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe2016 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum2016 Cadillac Escalade
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2015 Infiniti QX802016 INFINITI QX80
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2016 Lincoln Navigator2016 Lincoln Navigator
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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class wraps up to seven people in luxury, and offers a pleasant ride with either diesel fuel economy or willing gasoline power.
8.2
Imagine what a full-size luxury SUV should be and you'll almost certainly picture the 2016 Cadillac Escalade.
8.2
The 2016 Infiniti QX80 is an old-school SUV with lots of luxury but it should only appeal to those who truly need to tow.
7.6
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator counts power and unexpectedly good handling as wins—and a top-notch interior joins the list.
MSRP From   
$64,550$72,970$63,250$63,195
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6Gas V8Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC2WD 4-Door Standard2WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door Select
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7777
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4MATICSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2016 Cadillac Escalade2016 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2016 INFINITI QX802016 Mercedes-Benz GL Class vs. 2016 Lincoln Navigator