2011 Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
GL550

2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550

9.8

starting from

$85,325

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz GL550

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Quite powerful
382 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Better suspension
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

9.1

starting from

$55,520

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

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Average cargo space
108.9 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
9.1"
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Quite expensive
$55,520
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Spacious front seats
64.1 ft3
Performance 8.4 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Winner: GL550
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  • Almost the same
  • The GL550's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.5 lb/hp vs 18.4 lb/hp
  • Around 20% more powerful, 382 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Winner: GL550
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  • The GL550 has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Winner: GL550
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Winner: Tahoe LTZ
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  • The best price we've seen is $29,805 cheaper (more than 30% less), $55,520 vs $85,325
  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 15 mpg vs 12 mpg
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Winner: GL550
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  • Almost the same
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Tahoe LTZ
  • The GL550 has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 10
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Both have power outlets
Overall 9.1 vs 9.8

Performance

Chevrolet
Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Mercedes-Benz
GL550
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Horsepower 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 382 HP @ 6,000 RPM The GL550 is fairly powerful, but the Tahoe LTZ is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The GL550 has more gears and the Tahoe LTZ is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The GL550 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Tahoe LTZ
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.4 lb/hp vs 14.5 lb/hp The GL550 is a sporty car, but the Tahoe LTZ is sluggish
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Tahoe LTZ's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs 39.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

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Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The GL550 has a good number of airbags, but the Tahoe LTZ is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs mbrace

Luxury Features

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Tahoe LTZ
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GL550
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the GL550's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

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Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Mercedes-Benz
GL550
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MSRP $55,520 vs $85,325 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 12 mpg The Tahoe LTZ has OK city mileage, while the GL550 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The GL550's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Tahoe LTZ is OK, too
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The GL550's basic warranty is long lasting and the Tahoe LTZ is OK, too

Entertainment System

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Tahoe LTZ
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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Mercedes-Benz
GL550
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Number of speakers 10 vs 12 The GL550 has more speakers and the Tahoe LTZ is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Tahoe LTZ's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the GL550 does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the GL550's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes Both have subwoofers for a richer bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Tahoe LTZ

Road Tests

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Tahoe LTZ
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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Mercedes-Benz
GL550
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0-60 mph 8.4 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 144 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Mercedes-Benz
GL550
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Practicality

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Tahoe LTZ
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Mercedes-Benz
GL550
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Passengers 8 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 83.3 ft3 The Tahoe LTZ has OK cargo room, while the GL550 has very little
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front seats 64.1 ft3 vs 54.5 ft3 The Tahoe LTZ has roomy front seats, but the GL550 is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,705 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Tahoe LTZ vs Traverse LT
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2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2011 GMC Yukon Denali Tahoe LTZ vs Yukon Denali
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML550 GL550 vs ML550
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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 2011 Acura MDX GL550 vs MDX
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GL550 vs Cayenne Turbo

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