All-new for the current model year, the second-generation 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class doesn’t share all that much with its predecessor in terms of design, but the two do have at least one thing in common: After the re-engineered version took home the crown just days ago, each has now debuted as Motor Trend’s Sport/Utility of the Year.
Today's GL-Class earned the honor by outperforming 10 other new or significantly redesigned crossovers and SUVs—ranging from mainstream entries like the Ford Escape and Nissan Pathfinder to premium players like the Audi allroad and Acura RDX—in six different facets of the ownership experience: design advancement, engineering excellence, performance of intended function, efficiency, safety and value.
"We had an extremely competitive field for Motor Trend's 2013 Sport/Utility of the Year," said Edward Loh, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief. "However, the Mercedes-Benz GL truly outshone the field and emerged as the clear winner by the end of our program. The goal of the award is to name the SUV that best meets our six criteria, and none of the new 2013 SUV or crossover models managed to do that better than the GL. Simply put, the Mercedes-Benz GL is an outstanding vehicle, and we're proud to name it our 2013 Sport/Utility of the Year."