Used 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Pros

  • Comfortably seats seven people
  • wickedly quick V8 acceleration
  • thrifty diesel fuel economy
  • beautifully crafted interior
  • smart COMAND interface
  • strong brakes
  • enormous features list.

Cons

  • Options quickly boost price.

Used 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class for Sale

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
79,273 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
List$26,990
Est.Loan: $491/mo
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For peace of mind, it has been through a 125 point mechanical inspection, comes with a dealer warranty for 90 days/ 4,000 miles, and 5 day/ 250 mile money back guarantee. This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed.*Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
92,396 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
List$27,944
Est.Loan: $509/mo
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$300 Below Market
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CLEAN CARFAX**AWD V8 TWIN TURBO**NICHE WHEELS**3RD ROW SEATING **NAVIGATION**BACK UP CAMERA**REAR DVD*EXTRA CLEAN!! NO SCRATCHES, NO DINGS, NON-SMOKER...Finance Rates Start at 2.99% ON APPROVED CREDIT.....Over 20 Lenders - High Approval Rates...APPLY ONLINE at WWW.VLMAUTO.COM ....FOR BEST BUYING EXPERIENCE, CALL NOW at 703-957-4600. All Our Cars go through a Rigorous 80 points Full Inspection ..OUR CARS ARE CERTIFIED THROUGH OUR MECHANICS AND COME PRE-INSPECTED. OPEN 7 DAYS...TRADES WELCOMED... WE SHIP EVERYWHERE... COMPREHENSIVE EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE ON DEMAND. Visit Virginia Luxury Motors online at www.vlmauto.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 703-957-4600 today to schedule your test drive. We try our best to list all options and details carefully however typos and human/machine errors are possible, please call in advance to confirm any specific options, colors, condition related questions to avoid any confusions. We train our sales staff regularly however any verbal claims or promises made by the employees of the dealership are not valid unless expressed in writing. Price does not include a dealership processing fee of Six Hundred and Ninety Five dollars. All sales are AS-IS unless expressed otherwise in writing. Vehicle accessories such as extra keys, floor matts, books, navigation disc, shift knobs etc may not come with the vehicle however we can always order these items at our discounted dealership prices which are to be paid by the customer. APPLY FOR AN AUTO LOAN OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: 10AM TO 8PM SUNDAYS: 12PM TO 6PM
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
57,905 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
(2)
Fairfax Motors
16.9 mi away
List$29,850
Est.Loan: $544/mo
Fair Deal!Fair Deal!
$300 Below Market
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* MSRP WAS $ 75890 * SUPER CLEAN * CARFAX CERTIFIED * CLEAN CARFAX * LOCALLY OWNED * RUNS LIKE NEW * Why pay higher prices when you can buy directly from us with our no HASSLE and HAGGLE free pricing?? Our prices are competitive in the market and compete or beat other dealerships. The buying experience with Fairfax Motors is the best! Fairfax Motors is family owned and operated in Fairfax, Virginia offering cars for sale and buying services to the DMV area for 24 years. Our owner has built successful and long term relationships with our customers with them returning to purchase cars from us time and time again. Our entire staff offers transparency with each customer from our knowledgeable sales staff to our dynamic managers and all the way to our very experienced Finance Director who has been in the business for 40 years! We offer Finance and Extended Warranty options, plus detailing services to keep your car looking beautiful. We need your cars to fill out inventory, so we take all trades and buy cars too! Stop dreading the car buying process and start having fun! Still aren't sure? Our customers love to show us love and share their buying experience with the world. Come see us at Fairfax Motors for your next vehicle purchase.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
99,277 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
List$28,265
Est.Loan: $515/mo
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Feel right at home behind the wheel of this Mercedes Benz GL-Class GL450 4MATIC. Rest assured knowing that this Mercedes Benz GL-Class GL450 4MATIC has the low miles that you have been searching for with only 99,277 on the odometer. You can breathe easy knowing that the 'new car' smell is genuine because thankfully the former owner was not a smoker. It has also been meticulously maintained, and we have the complete SERVICE HISTORY to prove it. Driven by a determination to earn your confidence, we have taken this SUV through a painstakingly detailed MULTI-POINT INSPECTION to ensure your utmost satisfaction. Everyone loves leaving the competition in the dust. With your hands firmly at the wheel of this powerful 4.7L V8 DOHC 32V engine, you'll leave the competition wondering why they even tried. Under the hood of this SUV rests a fuel efficient 4.7L V8 DOHC 32V engine that works to keep your wallet closed. Two things essential to every king was his castle and royal carriage. While getting your own castle may be a bit of a challenge, you can still travel like a royalty. Be your own king behind the wheel of this Mercedes Benz GL-Class GL450 4MATIC. The best thing about this Mercedes Benz GL-Class GL450 4MATIC is that its features have features. This SUV has undergone a painstakingly thorough inspection ensuring it exceeds mechanical standards. From first glance you will appreciate the sheer beauty of an impeccable exterior. Absolutely no interior maintenance is needed on this SUV. All essential mechanical systems are in solid working order leaving you with years between any required maintenance. The cosmetics of the exterior will reveal some very minor scuffs and blemishes in the finish but only under close examination. All in all, it is a very clean looking ride. The interior of a used vehicle can take the hardest hits but the condition of this one has been well kept. We know this SUV is an amazing deal, but if you're still not 100% sure, we have no issue providing you with a CARFAX report. Our STANDARD WARRANTY on this SUV covers the drive train and more. Call us today or stop by for specific details. If you're interested in our extended warranty options please don't hesitate to call or stop in to speak with a sales associate. We provide the best GUARANTEED FINANCING of any used car dealership around and back this up by actually getting you approved. Get great financing and low monthly payments on this GL-Class GL450 4MATIC with approved credit. Call us today at (703) 685-9312 for more information. We believe in saving our customers money. That's why this SUV has been set below the BLUE BOOK value to help. Come swing by today and check out this great deal, we are only minutes from Potomac!
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
28,868 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
List$34,995
Est.Loan: $637/mo
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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
54,776 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
List$29,991
Est.Loan: $546/mo
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$300 Below Market
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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL 450 4MATIC� Black Almond Beige Leather. Awards: * Motor Trend SUV of the Year 14/19mpg CARFAX One-Owner. Odometer is 8526 miles below market average! Gold Check Certification It�s the benefits! Look at what you get free of charge... In addition to the benefits of the Gold Check Certified Limited Warranty, you are provided the following special services as another indication of our commitment to quality service for our Gold Check Certified Pre- Owned vehicle owners. Travel Breakdown Protection: Rental Car Coverage Plain Provisions � Duration From the date you purchased the Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, unlimited mileage, and expired on the date listed on your permanent id card that will be mailed to you. � Cost Roadside Assistance benefits are available at no extra cost to you as part of the Gold Check Certified Plan � House Of Operation 24 Hours a day, 365 days a year � Area Of Coverage Anywhere in the U.S or Canada � Emergency Roadside Assistance Provided � Sign and Drive � coverage up to 50.00 for emergency service such as: � Flat Tire � Out Of Gas � Lockout � Jumpstart .
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
77,486 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
(5)
MaxKar Motors
51.8 mi away
List$26,998
Est.Loan: $492/mo
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LUXURY AT ITS BEST, THIS MERCEDES GL450 IS LOADED WITH LOTS OF OPTIONS WHILE HAVING THE COMFORT AND STYLING OF THE MERCEDES BRAND!!!!!!!!!! **BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY**WIRELESS PHONE CONNECTIVITY**NAVIGATION SYSTEM**BACK-UP CAMERA/WITH REAR PARKING AID**SUNROOF/MOON ROOF**DUAL ZONE A/C**BLIND SPOT MONITOR SYSTEM**TELEMATICS**HEATED FRONT SEATS**LEATHER SEATS**THIRD ROW SEATING**FRONT MEMORY SEATING**8-WAY DRIVER POWER SEAT**AM/FM/CD/AUX/MP3**ALL WHEEL DRIVE - 4MATIC**RAIN SENSING WIPERS**POWER LIFT-GATE**GENUINE WOOD INSTRUMENT CLUSTER** The electronic components on this vehicle are in working order. There are no defects present on this vehicle. There is not a door ding present on this vehicle. There is a properly functioning engine in this vehicle. This vehicle has a clean exterior. The interior was well maintained. The mileage is accurate. There is no trouble shifting this transmission. It is priced to sell quickly, CALL NOW. We have custom financing plans for most budgets. Stop by today or schedule an appointment with one of our qualified sales associates. Also, our entire inventory selection is available online at: www.maxkarmotors.com. PLEASE PRESENT THIS AD TO HONOR SPECIAL PRICING. Here At Maxkar Motors We Emphasize On Providing All Customers With Quality Customer Service, As Well As Quality Vehicles At Unbeatable Prices. We Have Over 30 Banks And Lenders Working By Our Side. Let Our Dedicated And Professional Sales Associates Help You On Your Next Purchase. TAKE 5 minutes and submit an online credit application for a guaranteed approval!!!!!When others say no we say Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you ready to Save money on the purchase of your next CAR? If you are call us at 540-370-8888 Today. All WAL-MART AND COSTCO CUSTOMERS WELCOME!!!!!!
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
55,403 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
(6)
Capitol Motors
57.9 mi away
List$26,995
Est.Loan: $492/mo
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$300 Below Market
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2013 MERCEDES-BENZ GL-CLASS AWD with powerful 4.6L DOHC 32-valve twin-turbocharged V8 engine and driven only 47831 miles! Fully loaded and much more! CARFAX CERTIFIED**FINANCING AVAILABLE** Contact our Sales at 540-376-7056
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL550 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
58,026 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL550 4MATIC
List$37,357
Est.Loan: $680/mo
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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013 GL450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
12,791 miles
Used 2013
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
GL450 4MATIC
List$37,766
Est.Loan: $688/mo
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Dealer Notes
This Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is one that you really need to take out for a test drive to appreciate. You will find yourself at ease knowing that this previous, and only owner took meticulous care of this beauty. The odometer can speak volumes on a vehicle's reliance and this GL-Class's low mileage will assure you of its solid dependence. This Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has been smoke free since when it was new. We know the stress of worrying about buying a 'lemon' car and can provide the complete SERVICE HISTORY to help put your worries to rest. Every aspect of this vehicle has been rigorously worked over with a MULTI-POINT INSPECTION guaranteeing your confidence and satisfaction. Anything meant to stand the test of time must first be built upon a solid foundation. Without a shred of doubt, we guarantee that this vehicle's foundation has not been compromised by any structural damage. Whether hauling a heavy load or accelerating up to highway speeds, the 4.7L V8 DOHC 32V engine is more than up to the task. You put in enough hours throughout the week, so why not have a SUV that does the same? Let the fuel efficiency of this Mercedes-Benz GL-Class's 4.7L V8 DOHC 32V engine work hard to keep money in your wallet. Become one with the road with the performance tuned suspension of this Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. This SUV can help take you on your next great adventure by getting you to places that most can't with it's off-road suspension. Why not be pampered by your vehicle? This SUV has all of the comforts that you could want. The best thing about this Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is that its features have features. The SUV is mechanically perfect right down to the last bolt's threading. A real cream puff with a perfect exterior, you are going to have a hard time finding a nicer SUV than this. Absolutely no interior maintenance is needed on this SUV. All essential mechanical systems are in solid working order leaving you with years between any required maintenance. Appearance can mean a lot. This exterior is free of rust, dents, and dings but does have some minor blemishes barely noticeable to the naked eye. You will not find any tears, rips, or stains on the interior, and it is unusually clean for a used vehicle. We also provide a free CARFAX report on this and every car we sell assuring you of complete satisfaction when buying a car from us. We take great pride in being a CARFAX CERTIFIED dealership. We can assure you that every car has been thoroughly inspected and comes with a CARFAX history report. Wondering how many owners this SUV has had? Don't take our word for it, simply read the CARFAX One Owner report. We also provide a free AutoCheck report on this and every car we sell assuring you of complete satisfaction when buying a car from us. Like with most of our inventory, a STANDARD WARRANTY applies to this SUV. As with all our SUVs that we sell, this one has an optional extended warranty available. See a salesman for more information. Leave your credit worries at the door and shop at ease with the knowledge that we offer true GUARANTEED FINANCING. We get you approved! With approved credit we can provide you a vehicle with low monthly payments and no hassle. The price we have set is way below BLUE BOOK, so it definitely won't last long. We are only minutes away from Derwood, stop by and visit us today.

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If you can afford it, any 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class will prove to be a supremely comfortable, spacious, opulent and capable family hauler.

vehicle overview

If you need to transport more than four people and their stuff, it's hard to think of a more desirable vehicle than the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Its high price may give you pause, but if you can afford this versatile heavy hitter, you'll find it to be an all-season all-star.

In the summer, its legitimate space for seven adults will keep the guys happy when driving to that Las Vegas bachelor party. Come fall, the generous cargo space and the myriad optional entertainment and comfort features will be perfect for that family trip to the Grand Canyon. When snow starts falling in winter, the surprisingly adept handling will be useful while climbing mountain roads to hit the slopes. And in the spring, the rock-solid stability and plush ride will be especially appreciated when traveling through the potholes on rain-soaked roads.

Much of these virtues also applied to last year's GL, which looks similar to this 2013 model. However, this is in fact a virtually all-new and improved GL-Class. It's slightly bigger than before, providing even more space for all aboard, while a newly available power-folding second-row seat makes it easier to get back to the third row. All the engines are new, with the diesel-powered GL350 showcasing impressive fuel economy while the three V8 models boast stunning acceleration. Yes, there are three V8s, which is up one from last year. The culprit is the new GL63 AMG model, which gets beyond the expected eye-popping acceleration with sharper handling and stronger brakes.

Besides bringing the cabin up to the high standards of more recently redesigned Mercedes models, the GL also gets a boat load of new technologies. The latter range from those that are designed to coddle or entertain to those for keeping you awake or in your lane. In other words, the GL gives up little to the flagship S-Class.

Of course, adding those items can quickly make the price skyrocket, while sampling from the Mercedes "designo" catalog of special colors and leathers elevates it further. Meanwhile, there are other appealing choices for a large luxury crossover SUV, including the Infiniti QX, Land Rover Range Rover and Lexus GX 570. But for such a desirable all-season hauler, it's hard to think of a better choice than the new 2013 GL-Class.

Trim levels & features

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class seats seven people and consists of four models -- GL350 Bluetec, GL450, GL550 and GL63 AMG. Each is primarily differentiated by engine.

The GL350 Bluetec and GL450 feature different engines, but are otherwise identically equipped with 19-inch wheels, a self-leveling air suspension, automatic headlights, LED running lamps, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, a sunroof, a rearview camera, power rear quarter windows, rear privacy glass, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power front seats (includes four-way lumbar adjustment), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a power-folding third-row seat, MB-Tex premium vinyl upholstery and a cargo cover. Electronic features include the COMAND interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Mercedes mbrace2 emergency communications and a premium sound system with a six-CD/DVD changer, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

The Premium 1 package adds power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a 10-way power driver seat with memory functions, multicolor ambient lighting, a navigation system, voice controls, satellite radio and an iPod interface. The Premium 2 package includes all of the above plus keyless ignition/entry, soft-close power doors, a lockable rear storage compartment and a 13-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system. The Lighting package adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights with washers and adaptive high beams. The Parking Assistance package includes a multi-view parking camera, front and rear parking sensors and an automatic parallel parking system. Stand-alone options include three-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, multicontour front seats (includes adjustable bolsters, massage and enhanced lumbar adjustment) and a wood-trimmed steering wheel.

All of the above options come standard on the GL550, which also gets 21-inch wheels and adaptive suspension dampers. The same goes for the GL63 AMG, which gets different 21-inch wheels, sport-tuned air suspension and steering, upgraded brakes, automatically variable stabilizer bars (the Active Curve System, optional on other models), AMG-specific styling elements and a microfiber-trimmed sport steering wheel.

The GL450 and 550 can be equipped with an On-/Off-Road package that includes the adaptive suspension dampers, a six-mode terrain selector and front underbody protection.

There are other options available on all GL models. The Driver Assistance package adds enhanced adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and lane-departure warning systems. Stand-alone items includes a multi-view parking camera, a panoramic sunroof, illuminated running boards, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power "easy-entry" second-row seat and a dual-screen rear entertainment system.

There are a number of special order options, including a night vision pedestrian warning camera, a heated windshield washer reservoir, rear sunshades, a second row pass-through, an MB-Tex-wrapped lower dashboard, a Bang & Olufsen high-end sound system and numerous special Mercedes "designo" exterior and interior colors.

2013 Highlights

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has been fully redesigned.

Performance & mpg

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec features a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 that produces 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Like every GL-Class model, it features a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In Edmunds performance testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which is on the slow side for a full-size luxury SUV. Importantly, though, EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, which is far superior to other large three-row luxury SUVs.

All other GL-Class models are powered by gasoline engines. The 2013 GL450 gets a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 that produces 362 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds, which is a second quicker than average. Its fuel economy estimates are 14/19/16.

The GL550 gets a more powerful version of the same engine good for 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It hits 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and returns an estimated 13/18/15.

The GL63 AMG features a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. According to Mercedes, it'll go from zero to 60 in 4.8 seconds.

Properly equipped, the GL-Class can tow a maximum of 7,500 pounds.

Safety

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control and traction control, active front head restraints, front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a driver attention/drowsiness monitor. The mbrace2 emergency communications system provides automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance and a system that alerts the owner when a pre-selected speed or boundary is exceeded by another driver (say, a teen or valet). Blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems are optional, and actually take preventive action should the driver fail to heed the car's warnings.

In Edmunds brake testing, all non-AMG GL-Class models came to a stop from 60 mph in around 115 feet. This is superb for such a large, heavy vehicle with all-season tires.

Driving

Chances are you've never driven a freight train, but with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, you'll certainly feel like you've come close. It cruises down the freeway with road-crushing assuredness and stability as you look down upon all the other cars around you. If you're looking for that commanding view of the road, this definitely has it, and it can get even more commanding when you raise the adjustable air suspension.

Surprisingly, the GL is not hopeless around corners. An athlete it's not, but you'll be surprised with the composure and communication it displays should you find yourself on a winding coastal or ski resort road. This goes double for the wild GL63 AMG.

If speed is not of paramount importance, the GL350 Bluetec is without question the model to get. Its torque-rich diesel power plant feels quicker around town than the actual acceleration numbers suggest, while its fuel economy and range are substantially superior to its gasoline-powered siblings. However, if it's power you want, those V8s deliver shocking acceleration considering how huge and heavy they are.

Interior

There are few cars that would be better suited to taking a long family road trip than the Mercedes GL-Class. Even the third-row seats are spacious enough to accommodate adults, while the available power easy-entry second-row seats make it incredibly easy to get back there. There's even a decent amount of cargo room left over with all seats in place. To keep everyone happy back there, there are a huge number of comfort and convenience features, like heated seats, dual-screen entertainment and a panoramic sunroof. As for mom and dad up front, they will enjoy comfortable, supportive seats that only get better when you check the option boxes for ventilation and massage.

In terms of build and materials quality, the GL lives up to the lofty Mercedes standard of excellence. Even the base car's MB-Tex vinyl upholstery looks and feels like real leather, while actually breathing better and being easier to clean. The actual leather is beautifully supple, though, and available in a wide variety of hues thanks to Mercedes' designo customization program. Very little separates the GL-Class from the flagship S-Class in terms of available opulence.

The same could be said for its myriad electronics systems. Controlling most of them is Mercedes' excellent COMAND system that consists of a central color screen, dashboard buttons, steering wheel controls and the multifunction COMAND knob. Like all such electronics interfaces, it can be a little complicated at first, but it works very well at accomplishing both simple and more complex tasks.

With both the second- and third-row seats lowered, the GL can carry up to 93.8 cubic feet of cargo, a fairly generous amount for this class of SUV.


Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

Big, But Refined
scottque,06/19/2013
Ordered the 450 in February and took delivery in April, convenience 2 and heavily optioned but skipped the off-road stuff, automatic cruise, panoramic roof, and lane-assist. Would have ordered the diesel but dealers steered me clear given biodiesel content in Illinois - no complaints with the V-8; sounds great. This is not, however, a car that cries to be driven fast - big (which is why I bought it), heavy vehicle. Awesome for interstate cruising or tooling around town. Very quiet; smooth ride, although I hate the numb electronic steering. Great styling inside and out. Command system works fine for me, extremely comfortable, lots of convenience features. As good as advertised.
First non diesel since '95
sarkinen,08/29/2013
Rock solid SUV! It's the first vehicle my wife may admit is better than her audi Q7 tdi. The designo interior is amazing. I thought the radar guided cruise would be a joke, but I love it. With direct fuel injection and two turbos, my diesel days may well be over. 510pound-feet of torque wait at LOW rpm to effortlessly pull any load.
Tall guy, first Merecedes (GL 450)
S. Miller,04/17/2016
Wow. This is a whole different vehicle. I'm 6'4" (with somewhat longer torso), and I have chronic back and knee pain. I didn't get the upgraded multi-contoured seats, but the seats with the Premium Pkg are just fine. I just sit, adjust the height and tilt, adjust the lumbar, and FORGET MY BACK! (I.e., no pain) The stock side bolsters are also a blessing. Street bumps and uneven camber are virtually eliminated (again, happy back). The steering is buttery, with good turning radius for size of vehicle. Acceleration on this trim level is more than adequate, as it made my heart skip on the first drive. Higher trims could get downright scary. The BMWs: too cramped. Tried a 2011 LR4: too much body lean and no side-bolstering. The Touareg and Cayenne require lowering seat in favor of headroom...tilting pelvis and putting pressure on lower back. Buy used; let someone else pay the depreciation.
The S class of SUV's
nowake,04/28/2013
Just took delivery of my wife's GL 450 and I am blown away by how quiet, solid and comforting this vehicle is. It really rivals the S class. When I test drove a lesser equipped vehicle I liked how well the vehicle performed. I loaded this vehicle out and I am not sure why but the vehicle is even nicer than I remember. Acceleration is adequate, braking is superb and the ride is awesome. Looked at all the competing models but kept coming back to Mercedes. The price does escalate as you add options as it does with others. If you are in the market for an SUV you owe it to yourself to at least give the GL some consideration.
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Features & Specs

MPG
14 city / 19 hwy
Seats 7
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
362 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
7-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
240 hp @ 3600 rpm
MPG
13 city / 18 hwy
Seats 7
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
429 hp @ 5250 rpm
MPG
13 city / 17 hwy
Seats 7
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
550 hp @ 5250 rpm
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More About This Model

If you grew up as an auto enthusiast, with sports cars cobbled together on shoestring budgets and amateur pride, Mom's car was a safe place. While your car was up on jack stands, Mom's car was sitting on four properly filled tires. While your car was out of commission waiting for parts you really couldn't afford, Mom's car started up every time.

Mom's car was always full of gas, quiet, comfortable. Mom's car was also slow, conservative and downright shameful if you were caught behind the wheel.

Your mom was not driving the 362-horsepower 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450.

Whisper-quiet, immaculately built and powered by a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8, the all-new GL450 is the ultimate expression of the family SUV. Well, for families who can pony up $64,805 to get in the door, that is.

Designo — Italian for German Luxury
Unless you're a certified Mercedes-ophile, the 2013 GL may not even be a blip on your radar. But the biggest of Benz haulers has received a significant redesign for the 2013 model year that saw the GL grow marginally in all dimensions. The result of this stretch means that all rows of seats (2-3-2 now) have more head-, shoulder and elbow room. A new dashboard and instrument cluster now more closely mimic those in the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup and includes a 4.5-inch color display between the dials. The 2013 GLs are also armed with a range of new or heavily reengineered motors; two are direct-injection turbocharged V8s and one is a diesel V6 with 406 pound-feet of torque.

But the most striking thing about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 is the newly revamped interior, especially when it's equipped with one of Mercedes' optional Designo upgrade packages like our test vehicle. The $4,800 Designo Porcelain Leather package adds the nicest quilted leather and real wood this side of a Bentley. That's not hyperbole; the leather and woodwork are unmatched and the leather goes back all three rows. Sure, $4,800 is a tough pill to swallow, but this option package looks, and feels, like a deal at that price.

Beyond the slick white leather, the 2013 GL450 is decked out with traditional German understatement. Black leather is dotted with white contrast stitching, while vital interfaces — nav, shifter, climate, instrument panel — are outlined in satin-chrome trim that draws the eye. It's the subtle kind of luxury you hardly notice. Think IWC, not Hublot.

Power Tripping
Few things eat miles the way a full-size SUV can, and few full-size SUVs can eat miles with the ease and confidence of the GL450. The big Merc glides at freeway speeds with the spooky quietness of an abandoned carnival at night. A thud here, a whoosh there; but never a distinct, relatable sound from a known source. At 50, 80 or 100 mph, it all feels the same.

The downside to the GL450's 5,875 pounds of road-hugging mass and 4.7-liter V8 is the truck's limited range. Going by the EPA's best guess, the GL450 should be good for 380 miles on its 26.4-gallon tank, but we only managed a max of 270.

Part of the problem was that we never hit the EPA's 19-mpg highway rating on freeway drives or the 14-mpg city rating in urban driving. Our combined fuel economy was 13.3 mpg, with a low of 11.6 and a high of 16.4.

Such is the price of business in the seven-seat, V8 luxury SUV world.

Taking the "S" out of SUV
The "Sport" part of the SUV moniker means different things to different people, but unless you define it as watching ESPN, the GL doesn't fit the bill.

All of the controls are light to the touch. A strong breeze through the window could move the steering wheel, while a misplaced sneeze might activate the brakes. The upside is that the brakes are remarkably well sorted. The long travel prevents sketchiness in the rare off-road or towing situation, and at full ABS they're capable of reeling this beast from 60 in only 113 feet.

This is especially good, as the all-wheel-drive GL450 can get from zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds (5.9 with 1 foot of rollout like on a drag strip) and crosses the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 96.9 mph — roughly the same speed as that sports car we built back in the mid-'90s.

All of the straight-line goodness is cancelled out by the GL's inability to behave like anything resembling a reasonable driver's vehicle. With the exception, perhaps, of the Mercedes-Benz G550, the GL450 has the most intrusive and paranoid stability control system in memory.

Out in the real world, it dabs the brakes on wet pavement, on sharp corners at normal speeds and over broken pavement. On the test track, the electronics fought us on the way to a 57.8-mph slalom speed and a 0.74g performance on the skid pad, the 20-inch Pirelli tires never getting the chance to squeal.

Our test-driver didn't hold back on the slalom performance. "The only positive to come out of this ridiculous exercise is that it teaches you to be super-smooth, because any show of aggression with the steering wheel and the GL immediately stabs the brakes, despite the fact that it isn't even close to reaching its grip limit. This is pathetic." In the same vein, the brake-throttle override is overdone, so left-foot brakers will have to adjust their driving to suit this vehicle.

Most GL owners won't even notice, but the level of intervention here is far too high and too frequent to ignore.

The Big "U"
Like "Sport," "Utility" is a loaded word in today's automotive landscape. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 is not a parts hauler or a farm hand; the carpeting in the rear of this SUV is nicer than the stuff in most homes. It is, however, huge and the automatic fold-flat seats couldn't be easier to use.

With all of the seats folded, the GL is the protector of 93.8 cubic feet of flat storage space complete with tie-downs, which should be more than enough for that new whatever from Restoration Hardware. Fold just the third row and you're down to 49.4 cubic feet. With the third row in full effect, there are 16 cubic feet of space to play with.

Unlike with most SUVs these days, this last figure isn't just some number thrown in to fill out a spec chart. The 2013 GL is a true seven-seater with a functional, usable third row that even adults can tolerate for extended periods of time. The $400 Power Easy-Entry option automatically slides the first and second rows to allow non-gymnasts to ride in the way back.

Rounding out the "U" part of the acronym, our GL450 was equipped with the On-/Off-Road Package that lumps together a two-speed transfer case and a six-mode driving program selector similar to the terrain selector found in Land Rovers. This $1,800 option requires the addition of the $1,050 adaptive damping system and lets you increase ground clearance by a full 4 inches. Thankfully it also adds a front skid plate.

In practice, it works better than necessary given the way the GL will likely be used by its owners. The electronics that so hampered us on the road turn mild/medium off-roading into a drive in the park. Just point it roughly in the correct direction and the adjustable suspension, sophisticated electronics and low-range capability will get you safely to that lakeside cabin you've got with running water, WiFi and satellite TV.

The Rest of the Family
There are two other members of the GL family that also received upgrades for 2013. With its $63,505 price tag, the GL350 is the base model of the GL line. The GL350 comes with all of the same goodies as the 450, but swaps out the 4.7-liter gasoline engine for a 240-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 twisting out a totally adequate 455 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rates this package at 17 city and 21 highway mpg, 3 mpg better all-around than our 450.

In practice, the diesel is only marginally more efficient than the 450, returning 16.9 mpg in notoriously fuel-sucking L.A. traffic. Unsurprisingly, the diesel gets fully trounced by the 450 in all measurable performance tests. Zero to 60 mph takes 8.4 seconds (8.0 with rollout), with the quarter passing in 16.2 seconds at 84.8 mph. Braking is similar at 118 feet and handling suffers the same fate as the 450, with a 57.9-mph performance in the slalom and a 0.74g lap around the skid pad.

If those kinds of numbers matter to you, there's always the GL550. It's even more expensive ($87,805 base) and its 429-hp, 4.7-liter V8 is even thirstier. While the other two GLs we tested rode on puny 20-inch wheels, the GL550 sits atop 21s wrapped in meaty 295/40 series Pirelli Scorpion Zeros, yet somehow weighs a full 162 pounds less than the 450. You don't need to be an engineer to know that this means a faster SUV. Sure enough, it'll spring from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds (5.1 with rollout) and blow through the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds at 103.1 mph.

The 2013 GL450 is the middle child and arguably the most well-rounded of the three. Factor in base price and the constantly fluctuating cost of diesel and the 450 is the one to have.

Seven-Seat S-Class
Thinking of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 as an SUV will quickly make budget-minded buyers spin with rage and curse the 1 percent. Instead, try to think of the GL as a hatchback, seven-seat luxury car that just happens to have all-wheel drive and enough ground clearance to clear a parking curb.

Sure, the new GL isn't as long as an S-Class, but the build quality and the comfort are there. The road manners and isolation are there, too, with the big SUV swaddling the driver and all rows of passengers in cocoons of soft leather and perfectly machined trim. We haven't seen this kind of luxury in mass transit since the Pullman sleeper car.

The trouble, then, comes down to perception. Pull up to the valet or the golf course in an S-Class and you've arrived. In the GL, you're merely showing up.

It's Mom's car all over again, but now we get it.

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

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