2013 MercedesBenz G63 AMG review Page 2 CNET

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG review: truck meets hot-rod

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A button near the cycles through the transmission’s Sport, and Manual modes. The G63 AMG to Comfort at start with Eco on. Rather than detune the Eco in this truck seemed to engage an idle-stop feature. I pulled up to a stop light, the would shut down, coming on again when I off the brake.

I found it remarkable this big engine could up so quickly and easily, and I liked the of not burning gas unnecessarily.

This feature worked more than what I experienced in the BMW M5. I generally live with it in driving, but in stop-and-go traffic the restarts could become Tapping the Eco mode button, or the transmission into Sport disables idle-stop.

Wide aid on-road cornering. Josh

Also standard on the G63 AMG is Mercedes-Benz’s Plus adaptive cruise system. This system very well, and automatically the truck to a full stop traffic is stopped on the road Mercedes-Benz was the first company to put cruise in a production car. and the of its technology shows. I have many other cars adaptive cruise, and the G63 AMG’s the best, reacting very to my own lane changes or other cutting into my lane.

The truck included a blind-spot system, a necessity given its driver position, but it only at speeds above about 25

With its body-on-frame construction and suspension, the G63 AMG’s ride is much rougher than I expect from any other model. I could feel the kick of bumps in the road up through the suspension into the For long road trips, I much prefer the air suspension of the Grand Cherokee.

The transmission’s mode does nothing to the ride quality, and I didn’t that setting much for other than highway It makes the G63 AMG feel sluggish, and in a laggy kick-down when I power for merging or passing. mode improved matters but I couldn’t help worrying the fuel economy, and my rapidly range.

The G63 AMG feels more at home on the than on the road. Wayne

Flooring the gas pedal, the G63 AMG stepped up not with neck-breaking acceleration but considering the truck’s bulk. In I can’t imagine the non-AMG limited to 388 horsepower, can be anything but a when it comes to acceleration. enjoyable about a fast, run in the G63 AMG was the engine’s notable roar.

around the corners of a twisty road with the transmission in mode, I was impressed how well the kept the G63 AMG from wallowing. I the four-wheel-drive system give the a little help rotating it the turns. But I have to admit I didn’t have the courage to it particularly hard in the turns, a that I assumed its AMG tuning give it. The high center of gave me too many visions of this $134,300 box down a side.

Get dirty

However, I be surprised if the G63 AMG survived a trip a cliff, and drove itself out of the ravine at the bottom. The G-class is for its off-road prowess. Taking it a rutted dirt track, I was that the ride quality did not appreciably from the road. If it felt more at home on the

Mercedes-Benz helpfully labels the differential locks. Josh


My off-road excursion was not technical, so I did not to stop, put the shifter in Neutral, the Low Range button, then out how many of the three differentials I to lock. Mercedes-Benz numbers the switches in the order they can be center, rear, then You could take an advanced in which settings to use for which but the easiest rule to follow be, if you get stuck, keep activating locks until you get unstuck. If you get unstuck, then you are probably under a landslide or at the bottom of the

If you did manage to get irretrievably stuck in the G63 at least you could enjoy music with its 12-speaker Kardon audio system. audio sources including streaming, the car’s own hard a USB port, and HD Radio, the system very well-balanced, well-controlled I enjoyed listening to a variety of from complex multilayered tracks to bare acoustic all delivered with excellent

My only complaint about the has to do with personal expectations, my that something as outrageous as the G63 AMG have an equally outrageous I wanted bombastic bass out of this truck, announcing its to all around as surely as does its and engine roar. Instead, the was as tightly controlled as the treble, playing with smooth Eventually, I cranked up the bass the equalizer and got a more personally sound, but it still remained not gangsta.

Strange to find an iOS device connector in the G63 AMG. Cunningham/CNET

Oddly, Mercedes-Benz a 30-pin connector for previous-generation iOS hardwired to the truck; its USB port works with USB drives. I a Lightning adapter to connect my 5. which worked fine. I was to see that, with a USB drive in, the stereo parsed the music, a full music library categories for artist, album, and the like. One really interesting selection option afforded by stereo uses a Cover format, showing album art on the LCD and me flip through until I the album I wanted.

Gas guzzler

Now comes the really bad which should really be no The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG drinks gas by the I saw an average of only 12.3 and that is within the EPA-estimated economy range. There are a few supercars that can boast mileage. Beyond the cost of refills, this fuel limits the truck’s range, is something to take into

For its tech payload, the G63 AMG benefits most of Mercedes-Benz’s latest. It has updated with the connected to complement the navigation, stereo, and systems. Distronic Plus is one of the adaptive cruise control on the market, and it is nice to see that on the equipment list. The AMG division offers its input in the form of a advanced engine, surprisingly suspension tuning, and the seven-speed

However, there are a few backward as well, such as the 30-pin iOS

Now if we humans were merely the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG would not But, as evidenced by our art and wars, we are not all sensible, and so the G63 AMG has a place in this Although amazingly capable in the this truck is only adapted to the actual roads on it will be driven. If you wanted a luxury vehicle, the G63 AMG is not for you. If you a straight-up performance car, the G63 AMG disappoint. But if it’s a completely vehicle you are looking for, with massive power and looks, this strange will put a smile on your

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