Congratulations goes to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL for winning the First Place spot in Motor Trend’s 2013 SUV of the Year Award. This SUV met the rigorous testing and came out number one against the competition. This year’s competitors along with the Mercedes-Benz GL was the Acura RDX, Audi Allroad, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Infiniti JX, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru XV Crosstek and its own sibling the Mercedes-Benz GLK.
Motor Trend has their own criteria for choosing what the best of the best is and the editors are the determining judges. What this means is that the other SUVs can still compete for “SUV of the Year” through other venues. But Motor Trend seems to have dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s to come up with enough points to put the SUVs in competition with each other to figure out which one is going to bring you the most bang for the buck. Of course with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL, that’s a lot of bang!
Design advancement is one area that the judges rate that includes the exterior and interior material, innovative vehicle packaging and overall style. How the vehicle is engineered also comes into consideration for cost effective technology and which SUV offers the most engineering benefits for drivers. That includes performance and how well the designers, planners and engineers worked together to reach their intended goals for each vehicle in the competition.
Efficiency, safety and value are also held under a microscope not only to judge driver’s experience but total vehicle impact on the environment and how each SUV compares against each other as well as how each of them do on standalone testing. Clearly the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL received first place for enough of each testing category to determine that it is worthy of being named Motor Trend’s 2013 SUV of the Year.
You can check out the video to hear more of how Motor Trend made their decision: