All of this makes picking one single ‘ute to rule them all especially difficult. That said, the boys and girls from
Motor Trend decided to put the latest crop of SUVs and
crossovers against each other in a fight to the death, or at least until the magazine’s editors had decided one was better than all the rest. After it was all said and done, the
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL took home the coveted golden-caliper award as MT’s SUV of the Year.
Interestingly enough, for 2013, there wasn’t a single body-on-frame machine in the running, nor was a live axle anywhere to be found. Clearly the term Sport Utility Vehicle means something different today than it did when the category was arguably defined in 1984 with the launch of the seminal
Jeep Cherokee. Explains
Motor Trend: «As this segment keeps redefining itself, we will continue to adjust our evaluation methods and techniques.»