2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class vs. Its Competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class (Mercedes-AMG GLS 63)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is attention-getting in its own right, even next to vehicles like the Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade.

Though it’s only a five-seater, the Range Rover is the ne plus ultra among SUVs, with spartan interiors stuffed with lavish equipment and off-road ability that’s unequaled.

The Cadillac Escalade was recently redesigned; it has a thoroughly modern cabin with a sometimes frustrating infotainment interface (CUE) and a truck-like ride.

The Lincoln Navigator gets a new look this year, and a brand-new aluminum set of sheet metal panels.

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.

The Lexus LX 570 was refreshed a couple of years ago, and it has a version of the latest Lexus spindle grille, updated lighting, and some interior upgrades; it’s essentially an extra-plush Toyota Land Cruiser.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class (Mercedes-AMG GLS 63)2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class
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2018 Cadillac Escalade2018 Cadillac Escalade
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2018 Infiniti QX802018 INFINITI QX80
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover2018 Land Rover Range Rover
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2018 Lexus LX 5702018 Lexus LX
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2018 Lincoln Navigator L in Black Label Destination trim2018 Lincoln Navigator
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Quick Specs
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS takes an old-school tack to modern-SUV design, and it works.
The 2018 Cadillac Escalade is aging, but it can still hold its own among other luxury SUVs.
A nip and tuck for this year isn't enough to ignore the wrinkles in the aging 2018 Infiniti QX80.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover is the pinnacle of SUVs.
The Lexus LX 570 marries an old-school SUV portfolio with all the leather, all the wood, and almost all the space.
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator takes such massive doses of swagger, you’ll swear it’s 1998 all over again.
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GLS 450 4MATIC SUV2WD 4-DoorRWDV6 Supercharged SWBLX 570 Two Row 4WD4x2 Premiere
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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