Although crossovers remain popular, with hatchbacks and station wagons creeping up behind them, there is still no denying how glorious the luxury SUV can be. Comfortable seating and posh technology and enhancements are just part of their allure. Today we’re putting two of the more popular SUVs up against each other, the Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Both of these models are revamped for 2015, so let’s get personal.
2015 Cadillac Escalade (Starting Price: $71,695)
Engine: 6.2-liter V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing, Direct Injection and Active Fuel Management that produces 420hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
MPG: 15 city / 21 highway
Performance: 4WD, Magnetic Ride Control, 8,300lbs maximum towing capacity,
Interior: 7 airbags, tri-zone automatic climate control, fold flat 3rd row seating, center storage console with multiple USB ports, a storage pouch, room for a small tablet or laptop, and a 110v power outlet, cut and sewn leather seating and surfaces, natural wood accents, standard navigation, front and second row heated seats, Cadillac Cue infotainment center, 16-speaker Bose centepoint surround sound audio system, head-up display, 4-way reconfigurable gauges
Safety: Intellibeam headlights that automatically adjust your high beams, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Safety Belt Tightening, Automatic Collision Preparation, Front and Rear Automatic Braking, Advanced Anti-Theft System
Exterior: large doors (for ease of access), jeweled LED headlamps and taillamps, available 22-inch wheels and an invisible rear wiper
2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (Starting Price: $63,000)
Engine: 3.0-liter BlueTEC turbodiesel V6 engine with 240hp and 455 lb-ft of torque
MPG: 14 city/ 19 hwy
Performance: 4matic all wheel drive system, 4-wheel drive independent airmatic suspension and automatic leveling, 7-speed automatic transmission, electronic stability program, 4-wheel electronic traction system
Interior: Bluetooth, USB, two large screens for DVD players in the back of the front headrests with wireless headsets, top stitched seating, brushed metal trim, polished wood detail, MB-Tex upholstery, 3-zone climate control, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, optional leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, optional heated second row seats, HD Radio, Command system, harmon/kardon Logic7 surround system, Sirius XM traffic and weather, multi-color ambient lighting
Technology: distronic plus cruise control, navigation, mbrace, google maps, yelp,
Safety: blind spot assist, lane keeping assist, pre-safe with seatbelt tightening, automatic seat adjustment and automatic window closing, trailer stability assist, rear view camera, crosswind stabilization, adaptive breaking technology, surround view system
Exterior: Large side doors, easy entry 2nd row, standard power liftgate, 7,500lb towing capacity, power sunroof, up to 20-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, optional power-folding side mirrors
Overall, Benz offers a much lower starting price, and still offers up quite a bit with it. With that said, the Escalade’s larger price tag comes with a bit more standard, like navigation and handcrafted leather seating, and it even gets better gas mileage. Still, both are beautifully designed inside and out, and are as big in their luxurious offering as they are in size.