2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV (4.7L V8 Twin-turbo AWD 7-speed Automatic)
Expensive, but immensely powerful and expertly built, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 is one of the finest SUVs available today.
ComfortThe 2013 GL450 is designed to support a luxurious lifestyle and succedes greatly. Virtually no noise or harshness enters the cabin.
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.
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.
Whisper quiet at any speed, the GL450 does everything it can to not remind you of your surroundings on the road. Exceptional.
InteriorOur test car was equipped with Mercedes' Designo leather interior that offers Bentley quality at about half the price. Truly terrific.
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.
Shorter drivers may have to hop into the GL450 as this does have a more SUV than crossover driving position.
The GL is a big SUV with plenty of in-cabin space. Generous hip, leg, head and shoulder room for any body type.
Large mirrors and an exceptional parking/camera system mean the GL is a breeze to drive in any situation. Optional blind-spot monitor.
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.
PerformanceStraight line performance out of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 is admirable, but dynamics on twisty roads is suspect.
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.
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.
The GL450's steering effort is feather-light and about as accurate as you'd need from something this size/weight.
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.
The GL450 is built for daily-driving and highway situations and in those categories it excells.
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.
An optional on/off road package brings a two-speed transfer case and multi-mode off-road selector into the picture
ValueWhile 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. $)
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.
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.
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.
The EPA says the GL450 will return 14 mpg city, 19 highway and 16 combined.
The GL450's warranty is 4 years/50,000 miles.
There is no free scheduled maintenance or roadside assistance available. Parts and service, when needed, are not laible to be cheap.
Fun To DriveThree-row SUVs are rarely fun to drive and this one is no different. The potent V8 keeps it from being dull, however.
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.
Even with a big price tag and a Mercedes grille, this is still a three-row family SUV.
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