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2012 Infiniti QX56 2012 Cadillac Escalade 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
     
2WD 7-passenger
  • 2WD 7-passenger
  • 2WD 8-passenger
  • 4WD 7-passenger
  • 4WD 8-passenger
RWD Base
  • RWD Base
  • AWD Base
  • RWD Base
  • RWD Luxury
  • AWD Base
  • AWD Luxury
  • RWD Luxury
  • RWD Premium
  • AWD Luxury
  • AWD Premium
  • RWD Premium
  • AWD Premium
  • RWD Platinum Edition
  • AWD Platinum Edition
  • RWD Platinum Edition
  • AWD Platinum Edition
GL450 SUV
  • GL350 BlueTEC SUV
  • GL450 SUV
  • GL550 SUV

Prices

MSRP $60,000 $65,770 $62,570
Invoice $55,525 $61,495 $58,190
Avg. Paid $46,678 $45,587 $43,114

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.7 8.4 8.1
Critics' Rating 8.2 8.8 9.2
Performance 8.1 8.3 8.4
Interior 8.1 8.1 8.0
Operating Cost 7.2 7.1 6.4
Safety N/A 8.7 N/A
Reliability 3.0 4.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Agile handling for a large SUV
  • Classy, well-equipped interior
  • Quick acceleration
  • Smooth ride
  • Generous cargo space
  • Good reliability rating
  • Poised handling
  • Soft ride
  • Diesel GL350's good fuel economy
  • Luxurious interior
Cons
  • Limited cargo space
  • Cramped third-row seat
  • Third-row seat doesn’t fold flat
  • Limited cargo space for class

 

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V8 5.6L/339 Gas/Ethanol V8 6.2L/376 Gas V8 4.6L/285
MPG 14 City / 20 Hwy 14 City / 18 Hwy 13 City / 18 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sport Utility 4 Door Sport Utility

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 121.1 130.0 121.1
Length, Overall (in) 208.3 200.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 79.9 79.1 78.3
Height, Overall (in) 75.8 73.1 72.4
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in) 21.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard
Running Boards Standard Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5346

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Standard Standard Optional
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) 8500

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard Standard Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Standard Standard Optional
Power Liftgate Standard Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard Standard Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 7 7 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 143.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 41.1 40.1
Front Leg Room (in) 39.6 41.3 40.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 63.8 65.2 58.3
Front Hip Room (in) 59.2 60.5 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 40.0 38.5 40.6
Second Leg Room (in) 41.0 39.5 39.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 63.5 65.2 58.9
Second Hip Room (in) 58.4 61.8 - TBD -
Third Leg Room (in) 28.3 34.9 34.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 95.1 137.4 83.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 49.6 90.0 43.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 16.6 45.8 14.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Standard Optional
Entertainment System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard Standard Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard Standard Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional
Leather Seats Standard Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Additional Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Heated Rear Seat Optional Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
All Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas V8
Displacement 5.6L/339 6.2L/376 4.6L/285
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 400 @ 5800 403 @ 5700 335 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 413 @ 4000 417 @ 4300 339 @ 2700-5000
Transmission Automatic w/OD HD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 41.6 39.0 39.7

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 14 13
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 18 18
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.0 31 26.4

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional
Air Suspension Standard Standard Standard
Suspension Type - Front Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Independent w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear Self-Leveling 5-Link w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
Transmission Overdrive Switch Standard Standard