2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV - Rating Details

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Vehicle Tested 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV (4.7L V8 Twin-turbo AWD 7-speed Automatic) Driven On 9/25/2012 Ratings Summary Expensive, but immensely powerful and expertly built, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 is one of the finest SUVs available today.
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Comfort The 2013 GL450 is designed to support a luxurious lifestyle and succedes greatly. Virtually no noise or harshness enters the cabin.
Seating Comfort
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The GL450's seats are expertly upholstered and supportive with particularly good thigh support. Some drivers may want the seat to tilt further back, however.
Ride Comfort
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Even in sport mode, the GL450 errs on the side of comfort. Virtually no impact harshness to speak of and a well-controlled body make driving this beast easy.
Quietness
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Whisper quiet at any speed, the GL450 does everything it can to not remind you of your surroundings on the road. Exceptional.
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Interior Our test car was equipped with Mercedes' Designo leather interior that offers Bentley quality at about half the price. Truly terrific.
Ergonomics
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Mercedes has a knack for putting things where the driver would look for them and the GL is no exception. Controls are easy to use without looking away from the road.
Ingress/Egress
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Shorter drivers may have to hop into the GL450 as this does have a more SUV than crossover driving position.
Space/Room
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The GL is a big SUV with plenty of in-cabin space. Generous hip, leg, head and shoulder room for any body type.
Visibility
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Large mirrors and an exceptional parking/camera system mean the GL is a breeze to drive in any situation. Optional blind-spot monitor.
Cargo/Storage
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With the third-row up, there's ample space in the 2013 GL. Thanks to folding second and third rows, the GL is quite utilitarian.
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Performance Straight line performance out of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 is admirable, but dynamics on twisty roads is suspect.
Acceleration
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The big 4.7-liter V8 pulls strong and smooth. 60 mph arrives in just over 6 seconds with no stress, strain or roughness. Shifts are fast and smooth.
Braking
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Owing to its off-road capability, the GL450 has a long pedal travel around town. In panic stops there's a firm, reassuring feel and the car is brought down from 60 in only 113 feet.
Steering
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The GL450's steering effort is feather-light and about as accurate as you'd need from something this size/weight.
Handling
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Even for an SUV, the GL450's responsiveness on the street is sub-par. Blame an intrusive stability control system that keeps the vehicle on all fours, but also keeps it slow.
Driveability
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The GL450 is built for daily-driving and highway situations and in those categories it excells.
Towing
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7,500 pounds max capacity, but there's more than enough power to handle that. Air suspension keeps the rig level. $550 gets you the hitch and the wiring.
Off-Road
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An optional on/off road package brings a two-speed transfer case and multi-mode off-road selector into the picture
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Value While not cheap by any means, the GL450 is a high quality vehicle with ample convenience and entertainment features, plus refinement that is worth the price of entry.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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When equipped with the Designo package, the GL almost feels like a good deal for the price, offering wood and leather normally seen on vehicles twice the price.
Features(vs. $)
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There are certainly a number of standard features with the GL, but the good stuff is optional. You'll pay extra for iPod, satellite radio, navigation, keyless-entry etc.
Cost
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The GL450 starts at $64,805 and quickly swells to nearly six-figures. For that, however, you get the best large SUV on the road today.
MPG
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The EPA says the GL450 will return 14 mpg city, 19 highway and 16 combined.
Warranty
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The GL450's warranty is 4 years/50,000 miles.
Ownership
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There is no free scheduled maintenance or roadside assistance available. Parts and service, when needed, are not laible to be cheap.
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Fun To Drive Three-row SUVs are rarely fun to drive and this one is no different. The potent V8 keeps it from being dull, however.
Driving Experience
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Think of the GL450 not as an SUV but instead more like an S-Class with serious ground clearance and a third row of seating. Not fun in the traditional sense, but a relaxing and rewarding experience.
Personality
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Even with a big price tag and a Mercedes grille, this is still a three-row family SUV.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Suv in VA is:

$105 per month*
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