2011 Mercedes GL500 vs. 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser – Price & Feature Comparison Between 2011 Mercedes…

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2011 Mercedes GL500 vs. 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser

Traditionally over the last decades of the century gone by certain Automotive Companies were always a topic of discussion, owning a luxurious brand a factor of pride and of course the luxury and social strata of it all. One noticeable aspect though was a segment of companies used to be discussed in same breath. If somebody owned a BMW there wouldn’t be a respondent in that group commenting on a Honda.

So there was stiff social rivalry of BMW with a Mercedes or an Audi. Similarly Chevy and a Toyota wouldn’t have come into the same bracket either.

However, times change and so do people and today we are no more caught in the frenzy of simply a name but look at everything any car has to offer. One of the most cherished brand older than any of us alive Mercedes can only envy the sales of a company which was born even after the rebranding of the former post World War I.

If Toyota is giving sleepless nights to all major companies worldwide in the Sedan segment they are not sitting quiet with their large cars either. Here we will take a look at the GL series of Mercedes specifically the GL500 model and the Land Cruiser from Toyota .


Both the cars are the bigger boys in the car family tree. We shall look into the similarities and dissimilarities and which one stands superior simultaneously.


If the Germans have come up with a powerful 5.5 L DOHC 32 Valve V8 engine then the Japanese have put in a 5.7 DOHC 32 Valve V8 engine with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) capable of generating more power.

The GL 500 peaks at about 382 horsepower and an impressive 391 lb-ft of torque whereas Land Cruiser generates 381 horsepower and a superior 401 lb-ft of torque.


Both are 4 wheel drives but Mercedes a 7 speed automatic transmission with column shifter and it is driver adaptive while the Toyota is a 6 speed automatic transmission with ECT-i (Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence).

The models aren’t much different when it comes to uphill or downhill driving assistance and rugged topography, also the two always split the torque by half for front and rear axles.

Braking and Suspension

Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist expectedly appear on both and so do ventilated disc brakes on all 4 wheels. However, the Land Cruiser has a 4 and 2 front/rear piston whereas the GL 500 has 2-piston fixed in the front and 1-piston floating in the rear.

The suspension in both the cars are common among the larger vehicles with all wheel air suspension and independent double wishbone, aluminium alloy and iron arms with stabilizer and spring struts.

Neither of them compromise on the Electronic Stability control or all wheel traction control systems.

Fuel Economy

This is an important aspect especially in cars of this segment with global crude prices touching the sky and expected to be launch in outer space down the line. The two go neck to neck in this aspect with Toyota beating Mercedes by a mile per gallon. The city and highway mileage of the GL 500 is about 12 and 17 miles per gallon respectively while that of the Land Cruiser is 13 and 18 miles per gallon .

Toyota has a fuel tank capacity of 24.6 gallons and Mercedes offers a larger 26.4 gallons . The former has a towing capacity of 8200 lbs and the latter a little less of 7500 lbs . It seems Toyota wants to show it is not a leader in sales but also with power. Perhaps Mercedes is content with the elite and luxurious portrayal of the brand.

On the Outside and Inside

The Land Cruiser is much more compact than the GL 500 . it not only has a relatively lower profile but is also less wide externally however it is only inferior to the rival in headroom and turns out surprisingly with more leg room, shoulder room and all this with a seating capacity of 8 while the latter offers 7 .

Mercedes GL 500

Luxury of Driving!

Not delving into much of the safety and security features since both come in with most standard features and all active and passive systems that one needs in a state of the art car. What is interesting to note is that Toyota has almost kept the entire convenience and technology package as an optional feature and the base price doesn’t include any of those. Mercedes does put in infotainment features however there is quite a few which one would have wanted to be included in the price considering it is not a cheap vehicle.

Take for instance, the Land Cruiser has all the following features as an option which means it would cost more – Voice activated touch-screen navigation system, Wireless Connectivity, DVD/CD player, User Interface ports, the 14 speaker audio system including a subwoofer and many more.

Mercedes to the contrary puts in the Connectivity, Navigation systems, the Entertainment aspects and their own Mercedes Benz mbrace package.

But like the Japanese they have also kept the rear LCD screens, heated rear seats and steering wheel and quite a few similar essentials as add on.

Price Of 2011 Mercedes GL500   2010 Toyota Land Cruiser

Mercedes GL500 is priced at more than 60,000 GBP in the UK and is priced in the United States at 84,450 USD and is sold as GL 550. The prices quoted are staring prices and go up with add on customization.

Toyota Land Cruiser starts at 68,920 USD and one can safely assume it may go up close to the 75,000 USD mark with all optional packages put in.

The Winner

Mercedes GL 500 is more stylish than the rival however there is a major price difference to be considered. On that ground the GL 500 is expensive than most other cars in this segment by a good 10,000 to 15,000 GBP or more than that in US Dollars.

Coming in at a comparatively low price with more power and mileage the Land Cruiser may end up taking a lead and building on its market leader position with various compact car and sedan models, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Toyota selling more than the SUV from Mercedes.

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