The Terminator Of Su Vs

Mercedes' pricey G-wagen outguns its off-road rivals

Nothing but blue sky. That's the view through the windshield of the Gelaendewagen I'm driving, as the wheels of the Mercedes-Benz SUV strain to get a grip on a rocky, 50-degree slope. Then G-wagen salesman Michael Aumock flips three switches to fully engage the Mercedes' four-wheel-drive system. The 18-inch tires grab, and we creep up the New Mexico hill.

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