Mercedes-Benz didn’t invent the luxury suv, but the introduction of the automaker's M-Class was instrumental in ushering in the modern era of the genre. Launched in 1998, the same year as the Lexus RX, the M-Class beat many of its rivals to the market, including the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Acura MDX, and Volvo XC90.
A couple of years back, Mercedes changed the name of the third-generation M-Class to the GLE-Class, and the German luxury automaker continues to expand the range. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE is available in two body styles and five trim levels. It’s also offered with four powerful engines as well as a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid system that allows the SUV to be driven about 10 miles on electric power alone. The stylish and family-friendly 2018 GLE remains a standout in the five-passenger mid-size luxury suv class, offering an upscale interior, an engaging driving experience, and up to 577 hp.