Compare Mercedes-Benz GL-Class vs. Cadillac Escalade

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 Cadillac Escalade
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 Cadillac Escalade
  • GL350 BlueTEC SUV
  • GL450 SUV
  • GL550 SUV
AWD Base
  • RWD Base
  • AWD Base
  • RWD Base
  • RWD Luxury
  • AWD Base
  • AWD Luxury
  • RWD Luxury
  • RWD Premium
  • AWD Luxury
  • RWD
  • AWD Premium
  • RWD Premium
  • 4WD
  • AWD Premium
  • RWD Platinum Edition
  • AWD Platinum Edition
  • RWD Platinum Edition
  • RWD Platinum Edition
  • AWD Platinum Edition
  • 4WD Platinum Edition


MSRP $62,400 $66,295  
Invoice $58,032 $61,986
Avg. Paid $60,507 $48,996

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.6 8.0  
Critics' Rating 8.7 7.9
Performance 8.2 7.9
Interior 8.1 7.5
Cost to Own 6.3 6.9
Safety N/A 8.7
Reliability 3.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Composed ride and handling
  • Great fuel economy in diesel model
  • Quiet, attractive cabin
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Enormous cargo area
  • Hybrid model gets excellent fuel economy
  • Base engine lags at low speeds
  • Third row doesn’t fold into floor

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Diesel V6 3.0L/182 Gas/Ethanol V8 6.2L/376
MPG 19 City / 26 Hwy 13 City / 18 Hwy



Body Style Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle  


Wheelbase(in) 121.1 116.00  
Length, Overall (in) 201.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 84.3 79.00
Height, Overall (in) 72.8 75.90
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD -
Step Up Height - Side (in) 20.20

Doors & Windows

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

Exterior Features

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


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5467  

Tires & Wheels

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


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Standard  


Convenience & Comfort

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


Passenger Capacity 7 7  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 143.6
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 41.10
Front Leg Room (in) 40.3 41.30
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.5 65.20
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 60.50
Second Head Room (in) 40.0 39.20
Second Leg Room (in) 38.5 39.00
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 65.20
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 60.60
Third Leg Room (in) 35.0 25.60
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 93.8 108.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 49.4 60.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 16.0 16.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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


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



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


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

Safety Features

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


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard  
All Wheel Drive Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Diesel V6 Gas/Ethanol V8
Displacement 3.0L/182 6.2L/376
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 240 @ 3600 403 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 455 @ 1600-2400 417 @ 4300
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter 40.7 39.0


Diesel Fuel Standard  
Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 13
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 18
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.4 26


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


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

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