2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV - Rating Details

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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Mercedes-Benz G550 SUV (5.5L V8 4x4 7-speed Automatic) Driven On 2/26/2013 Ratings Summary You have to want the 2013 G550. On paper, and on the road, there are better SUVs for the money. Few, however, have the off-road ability, hand-built pedigree and 30-plus-year lineage of the legendary G Wagen.
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Performance The Mercedes-Benz G550 has a strong motor and good brakes. But, again, this truck is awkward on road and originally designed for off-road performance.
Acceleration
B
With 382 horsepower from a 5.5-liter V8, the G550 is not slow. 60 comes up in 6.3 seconds. The 7-speed transmission shifts effortlessly and quickly.
Braking
B
Again showing its off-road roots, the G550's brakes are strong and pedal travel is optimized for off-road driving -- low initial bite and long stroke.
Steering
D
The G550's electric-assist recirculating-ball steering is odd. It offers little feel and isn't linear. It also doesn't react to harsh bumps -- this is off-road steering.
Handling
D
The G550 is the worst-handling vehicle we've ever tested. Again, this is an off-road truck. Electronic stability control keeps everything tidy and safe.
Driveability
C
The G550 has a steep learning curve to drive on the road. It's huge, tall and awkward. The engine and 7-speed transmission do play well together, though.
Towing
B
The 2013 G550 will tow 7,000 pounds
Off-Road
A
This is where the G shines. Three locking differentials, 36-degrees of approach angle and a chassis made for serious off-roading.
B
Comfort The G550 is a mix of excellent interior comfort and less-than-stellar driving comfort.
Seating Comfort
B
The G550 has the same great 10-way power seats found in most new Mercedes'. Lots of adjustment and support.
Ride Comfort
C
The G550 is tamed for on-road driving, but at its core, this is still a truck.
Quietness
C
It's shaped like a box and has all-terrain tires. There's prevelant wind and tire noise.
B
Interior Once again, a paradox: Tons of headroom, mimal shoulder/hip room. Great ergonomics, but difficult ingress and difficult sight lines.
Ergonomics
B
With this latest iteration of the G Wagen, all of the familiar MB switches and levers are integrated along with the newest version of COMAND.
Ingress/Egress
C
The G550 is tall, and there's a steep step-in. There's a grab handle and a step-board, however getting up could be a challenge for some.
Space/Room
D
Leg- and shoulder room are tight, though there is plenty of headroom.
Visibility
B
The G550 would score worse here if not for front and rear parking sensors, a back-up camera and blind-spot monitoring. Rear sight lines are obsured.
Cargo/Storage
B
The cargo capacity of the G is 45.2 cubic feet and the rear door couldn't be bigger (or heavier). Slightly tall load floor.
B
Value There are more luxurious SUVs and there are ones that are equally as good off-road. There are few, if any, that are as good at both.
Build Quality (vs. $)
A
The G550 is hand-built to extremely high specifications.
Features(vs. $)
B
The excel chart on the G550 may not add up. There are other off-roaders, and there are far more luxurious SUVs.
Cost
B
With a starting price of $113,000, the G550 isn't cheap. What you get, though, is a near-indestructable, quasi-military vehicle with a luxury interior.
MPG
D
The EPA rates the G550 at 12 city, 15 highway and 13 combined mpg. We averaged worse. Big V8 and tons of power has a price.
Warranty
B
The G550 has a 4-year, 50,000-mile warranty.
Ownership
B
The 2013 G550 does not have a free maintenance plan.
A
Fun To Drive In its element or on the road, the G550 oozes presence and drives like nothing else on the road.
Driving Experience
A
The G550, despite the all-new interior, is a relic from a different time and a vehicle with an altogether different purpose than anything else on the road. It's fun!
Personality
A
Few things on the road have as much presence as a 6-foot-3 SUV with big brush guard. This thing is all heritage and personality?with the off-road cred to back it up.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Suv in VA is:

$157 per month*
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