Winner: Yukon Denali XL
Runner-Up: Lexus LX 570

This segment is all about arriving and driving in style, so the money issue isn't the primary consideration. Still, you can't just charge huge amounts and not have the plush comforts to back it up and the capability to separate itself from the pretenders. Think of it as bang for the buck on a nuclear scale. After much debate that had voters breaking into two camps (old-school fans opted for the M-B G55, and the Porsche Cayenne twin-turbo's power output won over the rest), the discussion settled back to a vehicle that did many things well--reasonably priced, powerful, AWD, and seven-passenger-capable. The GMC Yukon Denali XL fit that bill. Multiple entertainment systems, wonderful material choices, and a classy interior layout had even the most passionate G-Class advocate singing the GMC's praises. Likewise, the new Lexus with the 383-horsepower, 5.7-


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Vehicle Audi Q7 BMW X5 4.8i Cadillac Escalade/ESV AWD
Base price $59,375 $55,275 $58,330/$60,775
Wheelbase, in 118.2 111 116.0/130.0
Engine 4.2L DOHC V-8 4.8L DOHC V-8 6.2L OHV V-8
Horsepower, SAE 350 350 403
Torque, SAE 325 350 417
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head, side Dual, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 275/45R20 275/40R20 F; 315/35R20 R 285/45R22
Fuel cap, gal 26.4 24.3 26.0/31.0
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17-Dec 14/19 18-Dec
Max pass 6 5 6-May
Base curb weight, lb 5027 5213 5459/5750
GVWR, lb 6200 6008 6800/7200
Max cargo cap, cu ft 72.5 69 108.6/137.6
Max towing cap, lb 6600 6000 8000/7800
Vehicle GMC Yukon Denali/XL Hummer H2 Infiniti QX56
Base price $49,420/$52,075 $56,555 $56,165
Wheelbase, in 116.0/130.0 122.8 123.2
Engine 6.2L OHV V-8 6.2L OHV V-8 5.6L DOHC V-8
Horsepower, SAE 380 393 320
Torque, SAE 417 415 393
Airbags Dual, side Dual, head Dual, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 275/55R20 305/60R20 265/70R18
Fuel cap, gal 26.0/31.0 32 28
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 18-Dec 17-Nov 13/18
Max pass 7-Jun 7 6
Base curb weight, lb 5635/5838 6614 5903
GVWR, lb 7100/7400 8600 7100
Max cargo cap, cu ft 108.9/137.4 86.6 97.2
Max towing cap, lb 7900/7800 8200 9000
Vehicle Lexus LX 570 Lincoln Navigator/L AWD Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG
Base price $74,645 $51,555/$54,555 $110,675
Wheelbase, in 112.2 119.0/130.0 112.2
Engine 5.7L DOHC V-8 5.4L DOHC V-8 5.5L DOHC SC V-8
Horsepower, SAE 383 300 493
Torque, SAE 403 365 516
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head, side Dual, head
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 275/60R18 275/55R20 285/55R18
Fuel cap, gal 25.4 28.0/33.5 25.4
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 13/18 18-Dec 13-Nov
Max pass 7 7-Jul 5
Base curb weight, lb 5995 5777/6005 5510
GVWR, lb 7275 7400/7900 7002
Max cargo cap, cu ft 83.1 103.3/128.7 79.5
Max towing cap, lb 8500 9000/8800 7000
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz GL550 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Range Rover HSE SC
Base price $77,750 $94,595 $93,600
Wheelbase, in 121.1 112.4 113.4
Engine 5.5L DOHC V-8 4.8L DOHC TT V-8 4.2L SOHC SC V-8
Horsepower, SAE 382 500 400
Torque, SAE 391 516 420
Airbags Dual, head, side Dual, head, side Dual, head, side
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL Disc/disc, 4WAL
Tires 295/40R21 255/55R18 255/50R20
Fuel cap, gal 26.4 26.4 27.6
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 13/17 19-Dec 18-Dec
Max pass 7 5 5
Base curb weight, lb 5280 4762 5698
GVWR, lb 6944 6790 6834
Max cargo cap, cu ft 83.3 62.5 74.2
Max towing cap, lb 7500 7716 7716