Completely redesigned for 2013, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a full size seven passenger luxury SUV available in GL350 BlueTEC, GL450, and GL550 trim levels. The 4WD GL350 BlueTEC is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine producing 240 hp. Equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission the GL350 BlueTEC achieves 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The GL450 and GL550 trims are available with 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engines that produce 362/429 hp, respectively. Both trims come with 4-wheel Electronic Traction System and 7-speed automatic transmission. The GL450 gets an EPA estimated 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway while the GL550 gets a comparable 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. Features include blind-spot assist, illumination kit, rear seat entertainment system, and heated multi-function steering-wheel. Safety is comprised of electronic stability program, brake assist (BA), antilock brake system (ABS), rearview camera, and 13-way airbag protection. The GL-Class is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The full-size Mercedes-Benz GL-Class sport-utility vehicle gets a complete redesign for 2013, with new, more fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, additional advanced safety features and even more luxurious cabin appointments than before. The new GL-Class is offered in GL 350 BlueTec, GL 450 and GL 550 models, with a top-performance GL 63 AMG model available in early calendar-year 2013.
Tough yet luxurious styling; brawny engines; fuel-efficient BlueTec diesel; smooth ride; three usable rows of seating; leading-edge safety-tech features
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a step larger and roomier than most other luxury crossovers as it has three rows of usable seating, but it does compete directly with a set of vehicles that includes the Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX56, as well as the Cadillac Escalade. Among these, the GL-Class stands out for being less truck-like in look and feel, with a more refined ride. The set of luxury features on offer in the GL is also stronger than most in this class, with some of the same advanced-tech items that wow in Mercedes' S-Class flagship. It's also a standout simply for the fuel-efficient, clean-diesel GL 350 BlueTec, which gets up to 26 mpg yet with no serious penalty in performance.