2007 MercedesBenz GL450 Test Drive and New SUV Review

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Mercedes-Benz GL450

Mercedes Goes Large

Mercedes-Benz’s first full-sized the 2007 GL450. The latest from Germany’s most brand is an echo of the 26 year-old G-Class sport-utility. The 7-passenger Mercedes-Benz GL450 has all the luxury you expect, plus a tough package and a 7500 lb towing On winding highways, over hills and through rocky the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450 is a off-road and a prince on the straights. $54,900; EPA: 14/18)


Even though the can tow a cabin cruiser, climb boulders and carry seven in this SUV does not look or big. At 200 long, 75.6 and 72.4 tall, it has a low drag of 0.37. Its buff chrome-trimmed 18 gleam invitingly, accentuating the wagon-like side view, contrasts with a truck-like view. The classy Mercedes is beefy and tough-looking. Side arch artistically towards the and the rear window is large and shaped, providing an excellent of vision from the driver’s There are no rough edges on the of the GL-Class — its finish is

I’m still struggling the fuel economy estimates 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway. My conscience at me, even as I revel in the details.

is lots of room for carpooling or mountain bikes: 83.3 feet of cargo space seats folded/removed. The third row has style seating for a panoramic It has good leg and foot room for a row, and folds away at the of a button. There are flexible hookups for iPods, MP3 players and electronics at every seat. sunroofs, both front and adds to the aura of light and

In the Driver’s Seat

The GL450’s is roomy and luxurious, with features and abundant conveniences.

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Considering its size, the of the Mercedes-Benz GL450 is very Comfort abounds in every There’s a leather arch the instrument cluster, a four-spoke steering wheel with aluminum accents, a sporty panel, bird’s-eye maple and stitched leather on the seats and Smart details like hand grips and hefty up front (the car has eight in a two-tier glove box and a center large enough to hold a add up to the kind of utility anyone can

The seven-passenger interior features front seats with a feature. The split third-row can be electrically stowed at the push of a to provide a flat cargo A six-disc CD changer (mounted in the box) comes standard an auxiliary input for MP3 players. If you more sound, you can add an optional harmon/kardon surround-sound system with multi-screen DVD entertainment.

The GL450 is loaded with features. It comes equipped with two-stage front air for the driver and front passenger, air bags in the front and second-row and curtain air bags that all three rows of seats.

On the

The full-sized luxury GL-Class is as a unibody, rather than the big SUV body-on-frame. The result is greater and a less truck-like ride. The heart and soul is a 4.6-liter, V8 engine that sends 335 hp and 339 of torque through a seven-speed transmission. Mercedes estimates a time of 7.4 seconds, very for a large SUV.

With regular, sport or air suspension settings available at the of a switch, the GL450 has the advantages of different rides. Regular works well for most Sporty has an edge to it and is good for with lots of curves; is good for cruising down the

Mercedes-Benz GL450

Steering is fluid, accessed an adjustable telescoping steering The brakes are strong and accurate, the of vision excellent. The GL450’s round out to the wide rear it feels almost like vision from the rearview

The GL450 has a serious off-road with the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) and assist standard. The GL also with four-wheel independent speed-sensitive power steering and 265/60 all-season tires.


Two sunroofs provide great for the roomy cabin of the GL450.

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The timing of the of the 2007 GL450 is unfortunate. brings out its first big SUV just as gas prices dominate the headlines. low fuel economy estimates, the is a well-designed vehicle — luxurious, spacious and attractive. front air bags, side air for the first and second rows, air bags that span all rows, a tire pressure system and a rollover sensor, you can your passengers safely. If you to carry seven in style, are other worthy choices to

Audi’s Q7 is Germany’s other luxury SUV, combining on-road manners with features. Japan’s Lexus LX Infiniti QX56 and Acura MDX are all driving. From the USA, the Navigator is a little behind the and due for a makeover, but the 2007 Cadillac is newly freshened and comes a 6.2 liter, 403 hp V8 — nice! the less expensive Ford or GMC Yukon variations of the American big and you won’t sacrifice much.

For some buyers, only a will do. Mercedes has taken its getting into the big SUV game. the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, done it with their own style and substance.

Mercedes-Benz GL450


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