I was looking for a replacement for my 2011 GL450, and was getting tired of the poor user interface of the controls, hard to enter address on the navigation using the arrow keys, etc. The 2014 GL450 is exciting to drive. It is peppy, the controls are well laid out and the steering is light and responsive. The turn radius is tight, and a roomy interior. There have been a lot of small and steady improvements (see my list of favorite features below). It still feels solid (I had been hit by another car at 50mph on the driver side door in the previous GL and the solid door held up and protected me well). The technology and electronics has been updated also. Overall, a fun car to drive.
This is truly Mercedes at its best. I never thought I would own such a wonderful vehicle. It is a little pricey, but it is worth every penny. I am really satisfied with everything about it. On the highway I can even average 21 mpg. After 2 years I can still say that it is a fine vehicle. Zero problems! Performance is awesome and the ride is so smooth. After 30 months my Mercedes Dealership sent me a letter saying that they have a deal for me -- trade-in your current Mercedes and we'll give you $37,000. I found this to be an insult. It tells me never to buy another Mercedes because they will depreciate over 50% in just 2 short years. Clearly, this was not a good financial decision. I should have brought a used two year old one Vs new. Other than the fact that it depreciates very fast, I am happy with the vehicle. Next vehicle will be a used Mercedes or something keeps its value longer. After 3 YEARS now I am still very pleased with my SUV. It now has 41,000 miles and performs like it was brand new.
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written on 03-28-2015
I own 2014 GL550 for more than a year now. At best, this is an OK SUV. This is my second and last GL. MB does not have the reliability, built quality or attention to detail to warrant the price tag and more than $10k premium over other SUVs. GL is annoyingly unreliable. Keyfob stops working when it gets cold. You can get stranded outside your car in a cold night if your keyfob happens to get cold for whatever reason. Disctronic plus and Presafe features stop working in the middle of driving when it's rainy or snowy outside, when you need them most. I reported to MB customer service and dealership to no await. Other owners seem to have similar annoying problems they get used to. Why pay 100k?