The 2016 Lincoln Navigator and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class are among the top three-row SUVs on the road. They're both big on interior luxury, passenger space, and family-friendly tech features. To help you decide which model you'd prefer, we've created this four-category comparison.
Both models offer ample luxury, but here the 2016 Lincoln Navigator has the edge. Unlike many competitors, the Navigator offers adult-friendly space in all three rows of seating. Refined features abound - including soft leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats.
Of course, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class wasn't easy to overcome. Top-notch materials and modern design contribute to this crossover's air of luxury. As with the Navigator, the GL-Class is rich in passenger space, and no rows are short on head- or legroom.
When it comes to tech features, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class leads the way. The COMAND interface is among the best infotainment systems in the industry. It's responsive and easy to use, providing the kind of smartphone integration features that modern users have come to expect.
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator proved difficult to beat in this category. With its all-new SYNC 3 infotainment interface, accessing your favorite apps has never been easier. Use upgraded voice-recognition technology to access infotainment options without looking away from traffic. The 14-speaker surround-sound system amplifies your favorite tunes with premium audio.
The Lincoln Navigator derives its power from a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated for 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. With that kind of output, swift acceleration comes easily. Add four-wheel drive for enhanced performance. The Navigator is the perfect pick for boat owners, because it's powerful enough to tow up to 9,000 pounds.
The GL-Class offers a range of different engines, depending upon the model you select. The base engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 that produces 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Its seven-speed automatic transmission generates a swift, smooth ride. All-wheel drive enhances performance when the roads are wet.
Here we like the 2016 Lincoln Navigator. During government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. The rearview camera optimizes rear visibility, making it easy to pull out of parallel parking spaces. The unique MyKey system lets you create speed limitations for secondary drivers.
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class's impressive safety features made this category almost too close to call. The mbrace2 telematics system gives you peace of mind with its automatic collision notification feature and SOS button. High-end technology, including lane-drifting alert, monitors your surroundings and warns you of danger.
Although both the 2016 Lincoln Navigator and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUVs are powerful and luxurious, we favor the Navigator overall. Its cabin is especially upscale and spacious, with generous head- and legroom in all three rows. Modern tech features keep you connected, informed, and entertained. Safety features optimize passenger protection and even actively protect you by scanning your surroundings and alerting you to danger. Come in and take the Navigator for a test drive today.