2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS: First Drive

Mercedes’ largest SUV gets a makeover that’s more than skin deep.

What it is: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Price Range:  To be announced but expect it to be around the same price as the current GL – about $65,000 and up

Competitors: Land Rover Range Rover, Audi Q7, Lexus GX and LX, Infiniti QX80

Alternatives: Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator

Pros:  Plenty of legroom for seven adult passengers, ample room for luggage (with the third-row seat folded down) a luxurious interior and good looks on the road.

Cons:  A larger package means there’s a lot more vehicle to wheel around and on steep, wet, fog-wrapped roads.

Would I Buy It With My Own Money: If I needed to haul a soccer team in a luxury vehicle that looked good and didn’t break

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