Three-row luxury is much cheaper second hand.
In the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the GLS was by far the most out-of-date model. Which is something that Mercedes rectified with the reveal of the all-new 2020 GLS. The SUV is a massive improvement over the old model and builds upon the success of the smaller GLE. Along with an all-new design, interior, and drivetrains, the new GLS comes with a significant price increase of $5,000.
$75,200 will get you a base GLS 450 4MATIC, which includes a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with a mild hybrid producing 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The GLS might be the new king of luxury SUVs but it is far from the best value on the market. If you don't have more than $75,000 to spend on a luxury SUV, here are seven cheaper, used alternatives.
Volvo completely redesigned the XC90 for the 2016 model year, taking a mostly forgotten SUV and vaulting it to be one of the best on the market in the process. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which comes in turbocharged, twin-charged, and hybridized guises depending on trim. The most potent T8 Twin Engine variant pairs a turbocharger and supercharger with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain for a total of 400 hp. Used XC90 examples of the lower T5 and T6 models can be found starting for less than $25,000 and mid-mileage examples are available for around $30,000.
The Mercedes GLS is packed with luxury features but the company's track record for expensive repairs may not be ideal for some buyers. If you want a car that will stand the test of time, why not look at a used Toyota Land Cruiser? Toyota last updated the Land Cruiser in 2016 and doesn't plan to facelift it any time soon. All Land Cruisers are powered by Toyota's tried-and-true 5.7-liter V8 producing 381 hp. Toyota Land Cruisers hold their value better than most vehicles, so you'll need to spend about $50,000 to get a good one.
The most potent GLS (until the AMG-powered 63 model is announced) is the 580 model, which produces 483 hp from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Pricing for the GLS 580 hasn't been announced but it will likely cost significantly more than the six-cylinder model. Instead of spending so much for a V8 Mercedes, the Dodge Durango SRT offers similar power for a fraction of the price. The Durango SRT is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 producing 475 hp, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds. Dodge has only offered an SRT Durango since 2018 but it has already depreciated to around $45,000.
The Cadillac Escalade is starting to feel dated next to its luxury rivals but if you don't need the latest technology, it is still an excellent luxury vehicle. Under the hood sits GM's 6.2-liter V8 producing a reliable 420 hp. Cadillac last refreshed the Escalade in 2015 and earlier examples of the current generation model can be found starting at around $30,000.
Audi has never directly competed with the GLS but the midsize Q7 does offer three rows of seating in a smaller package. The base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 252 hp but the more potent 3.0-liter supercharged V6 offers a healthier 333 hp. Used examples of the Q7 with the more powerful V6 can be found for around $30,000.
Infiniti last updated its full-size QX80 SUV for the 2018 model year with cues from the Monograph Concept. The looks changed but the 5.6-liter V8 producing 400 hp remained the same, as did most of the interior technology. There are more modern luxury SUVs than the QX80 but the most recent model is a relative bargain starting at around $36,000 for a facelifted 2018 model.
The Lincoln brand was about as dull as the company's aging clientele but it all changed when the luxury carmaker revealed the all-new Navigator for the 2018 model year. Lincoln's styling has been phenomenal since then and the Navigator's Raptor-sourced twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 produces a healthy 450 hp. Couple the turbocharged power with one of the best interiors in the segment, and the Navigator looks like a top option. Depreciation has already made the current Navigator pretty affordable with prices starting at just over $50,000.