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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I'm in the market for a large capacity SUV, for the wife to haul the family around. I'm in a location that does see snow, but car is mostly for street/highway driving. NO chance of off-roading unless she slides into a ditch.

Priorities are safety, safety, and reliability, in that order. I don't care about "flash"

I test drove the GL recently. It looks small on the outside, being billed as a 7-adult seat capacity. It's not as small on the inside, but not as roomy as I imagined. Salesman told me it's made in the Alabama plant; this makes me weary as there is the well-publicized problems with the ML class when it first came out.

-So, any first-hand experience with the GL?
-Any other SUV's you can recommend that I look into?
post #2 of 26
I would actually recommend against a SUV if you won't be going off road. Not that they are good off-road, most modern ones, but the inherently bad handling and compromises make them a real liability in snow/ice. Concentrate on a estate/staton wagon with all wheel drive, like an Audi with quattro, a SUbaru Legacy/Outback, an awd BMW wagon et.c. Much safer in snow and ice on normal roads.
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by skalogre
I would actually recommend against a SUV if you won't be going off road. Not that they are good off-road, most modern ones, but the inherently bad handling and compromises make them a real liability in snow/ice. Concentrate on a estate/staton wagon with all wheel drive, like an Audi with quattro, a SUbaru Legacy/Outback, an awd BMW wagon et.c. Much safer in snow and ice on normal roads.

My girlfriend went from a Land Rover Discovery to an Audi wagon. She needs a lot of room for hauling things around for work, and the wagon still has plenty of space.
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
The reason for looking primarily at an SUV is that they are, in general, much heavier in size than the average wagon-type AWD vehicles.

I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.
post #5 of 26
Then get a hummer ;p
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by lee_44106
The reason for looking primarily at an SUV is that they are, in general, much heavier in size than the average wagon-type AWD vehicles.

I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.

Bigger car also cannot maneuver as well as smaller car to avoid the crash. Bigger car also cannot stop as quickly as smaller car to avoid crash.
post #7 of 26
then get the Escalade with the 22's.
post #8 of 26
I highly considered, and even had one on hold, a GL450. Seems like a great truck. Very nice driving, great interior and exterior, and also much more affordable than people think.

I ended up getting a Cayenne because I wanted something sportier and I didn't need all the size.

A great truck I once owned was the Lexus GX470. I highly recommend it if you don't mind that they may change the body in a year or two.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by lee_44106
The reason for looking primarily at an SUV is that they are, in general, much heavier in size than the average wagon-type AWD vehicles.

I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.

Wins is very relative. COntrolled deformation and airbags make a huge difference, which is why just making something larger and heavier does not mean it is automatically safer. From a mechanical, physics and material science perspective, that is a fallacy.
post #10 of 26
Why not consider a Range Rover Sport?

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I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.

Akin to the opinions of those dreaded soccer-moms. Quite a silly reason to choose an SUV over a more economical solution.
post #11 of 26
consider a volvo.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
consider a volvo.

+1
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by lee_44106
The reason for looking primarily at an SUV is that they are, in general, much heavier in size than the average wagon-type AWD vehicles.

I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.

This sort of thinking has ruined personal transportation.

Get thee to the nearest Canyonero dealership.
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by Bergdorf Goodwill
This sort of thinking has ruined personal transportation.

Get thee to the nearest Canyonero dealership.

Excellent!

Quote:
Can you name the truck with four wheel drive,
smells like a steak and seats thirty-five..

Canyonero! Canyonero!

Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down,
It's the country-fried truck endorsed by a clown!

Canyonero! (Yah!) Canyonero!
[Krusty:] Hey Hey

The Federal Highway comission has ruled the
Canyonero unsafe for highway or city driving.

Canyonero!

12 yards long, 2 lanes wide,
65 tons of American Pride!

Canyonero! Canyonero!

Top of the line in utility sports,
Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!

Canyonero! Canyonero! (Yah!)

She blinds everybody with her super high beams,
She's a squirrel crushing, deer smacking, driving machine!

Canyonero!-oh woah, Canyonero! (Yah!)

Drive Canyonero!

Woah Canyonero!

Woah!
post #15 of 26
I don't know about the new GL SUV, but the old Geländewagen would be far more of a proper off-road vehicle. It's a Hummer without the bling effect. Edit: And the G-wagen will "win" most crashes.
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