2011 Mercedes-Benz
GL550
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ML550

2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550

9.6

starting from

$85,325

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz GL550

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Average cargo space
83.3 ft3
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Has 3 rows of seats
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More passenger seats
7
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Has a subwoofer
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML550

9.6

starting from

$58,465

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz ML550

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Quite expensive
$58,465
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.3"
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Spacious back seats
53.7 ft3
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Very sporty performance
12.8 lb/hp
Entertainment System 8.3 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Winner: GL550
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  • The GL550's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The GL550 has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 8
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the GL550's satellite radio; in the ML550, too, but it'll cost
Cost 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML550 Winner: ML550
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  • The best price we've seen is $26,860 cheaper (more than 30% less), $58,465 vs $85,325
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 13 mpg vs 12 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML550 Winner: ML550
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  • The ML550's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 12.8 lb/hp vs 14.5 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 37.9 ft vs 39.7 ft
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Winner: GL550
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the GL550
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 8 vs 12 The GL550 has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the ML550 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The ML550'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 Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the GL550's satellite radio; in the ML550, too, but it'll cost
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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 No vs Yes The GL550 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Cost

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MSRP $58,465 vs $85,325 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 13 mpg vs 12 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Performance

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Horsepower 382 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 382 HP @ 6,000 RPM Very powerful
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Number of gears 7 vs 7 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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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 12.8 lb/hp vs 14.5 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the ML550 in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.9 ft vs 39.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the GL550

Safety Features

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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 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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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 mbrace vs mbrace

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 5.6 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs Unknown
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1/4 mile Unknown vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 7 The GL550 has lots of passenger seats, but the ML550 has very few
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Cargo space 72.4 ft3 vs 83.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.9 ft3 vs 54.5 ft3 The ML550 has average-sized front seats, while the GL550 is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,365 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 Optional vs Standard The GL550's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the ML550
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The GL550 has a good number of cupholders, but the ML550 does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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