2013 MercedesBenz GL450 New Car Review on DriveChicago com

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Mercedes-Benz GL450

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 Thinly disguised family is a great, albeit expensive,

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Arial;2013 — Benz GL450 ic

Arial;Base Price. $63,900

Arial;At-Tested Price: $ 96,610

Built in Vance, Alabama.

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Arial;Engine: Turbocharge d 4. 7 V8. 362 horsepower

Arial;Transmission. Seven Automatic

Arial;Drive Wheels: All Drive

Filling the role of the hauler at Mercedes-Benz, the GL is a 7-passenger that rides a chassis from the smaller ML. Like the ML, the GL is in the USA. Direct competitors the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade Rover LR4 and Lexus LX.

For 2013 the GL a substantial freshening that new exterior and interior styling, powerful gasoline engines and a bump in curb weight. new for 2013 is the addition of an AMG performance

Trim levels include GL350 BlueTEC, GL550 and the new All have Mercedes’ 4Matic system. Optional on the GL450 and 550 is an Package that includes a transfer case with gearing.

The GL450 lists for and comes with a 4.7-liter V8 that makes 362 horsepower, 7 than last year. gets a 429-horsepower version of the turbo V8 and lists for $86,900. The GL350 BlueTEC utilizes a turbodiesel V6 that makes Pricing is not yet available for the GL63 but it will reportedly get a turbo V8 with 550 horsepower.

All engines mate to a 7-speed transmission that has a separate gate for manual operation. towing capacity is 7,000

Standard safety features on all includes antilock 4-wheel brakes with brake stability control, hill and descent control, tire-pressure front-seat active head Pre-Safe precrash safety driver-fatigue alert, daytime lights, rear-view camera, assistance system and dual-front, and 2nd-row-side, curtain-side and driver-knee GL550 adds blind-spot lane-departure warning and front- and system.

Key options include sunroof, adaptive suspension, and massaging front seats and DVD entertainment system. The Mercedes-Benz GL is in Vance, Alabama, and has a destination of $905.

Get Up and Go Both the GL450 and 550 sufficient thrust with turbocharged V8 engines. Obviously, the is quicker off the line and has better punch, but the difference isn’t as as you would think. For example, the will run from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.8 while the GL550 makes the trip in about 5.5 seconds either way, that’s fast for a 5300-pound, 7-passenger GL350 BlueTEC is no slouch as it runs from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds — still than most competitors’ offerings.

Regardless of engine, all GL models sleepy off the line as the throttle requires a deep stab to up the engine. Thankfully the automatic is among the smoothest in the class buttery upshifts and prompt

Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive provides all the traction most will ever need. It shuffles power to the wheels the most grip and does a job of minimizing wheel spin on roads. Those intending to considerable time off road consider popping for the two-speed case in the off-road package.

economy has never been a GL point. The GL450 is EPA rated at 14 mpg 19 mpg highway and 16 mpg overall. Those are numbers that trail competitors, but are on par with 7-passenger crossovers. Adding to the misery is requirement for premium-grade fuel for all

In the GL450 and GL550 most will never see the north of 20 mpg in real-world driving; however, with a light throttle it is possible to average close to 20 mpg in commuting. If you spend all of your driving in the city you should about 17 mpg overall.

On the Road The GL is a crossover with a long and firm suspension. That into a great highway that’s composed and comfortable. town, the firm suspension and wheels and tires provide an ride and adequate impact Occasionally, a large bump pound through, but, for the part, the suspension coddles — especially when set in mode.

Though no sports sedan, the GL more nimble and agile its size would suggest. The steering is accurate and speeds up in parking-lot maneuvers. Suspension and tires conspire to provide of stability and sure-footed traction. lead is modest, certainly than on most competing crossovers. The only fly in the ointment is a brake pedal that coming to a smooth stop — though it should be the brakes provide ample power.


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The GL is one of the quietest large around. Tire noise is the offender, but only on rough roads. Uncharacteristically, wind also chimes in above 70 That’s out of place for a European and may be a result of the large outside The engine is muted nicely at all

Behind the Wheel Mercedes’ did an excellent job of updating the interior of the GL, it more functional while the Germanic feel of the design. are top notch and fit and finish is excellent. The seating surfaces are among the looking in the class and the suede imparts a true luxury

Gauges are easy to read and a nice digital display for information like radio phone status, navigation and trip information. Center features large dials for the control system that are easy to operate. The same be said for the navigation/phone/audio interface. functions are controlled by an awkward jog and cryptically marked buttons vertically below the display A touch screen would much more sense.

Window, lock and mirror are nicely arranged on the driver Controlling the DVD based entertainment is a challenge as some functions can be handled by the remote and it can only be in the back seat. The GL also Mercedes-Benz’ corporate steering-wheel-mounted stalk. It’s not as intuitive as a PRNDL shifter on the center but does free up a considerable of space for cup holders and storage.

The GL driver and front-seat passenger royalty. Head and leg room are and the seats are more like living-room chairs than car They offer great on twisty roads and are firm to be comfortable on long trips. The massaging feature is a nice — if a bit creepy — and helps relieve stress a long day at the office. Visibility is forward but blocked to the rear by roof pillars and large headrests. Thankfully an all-around-view and blind-spot alert are offered.

seats are as comfortable as the fronts, the middle passenger sits than the outboard riders and want a bit more headroom. adults or kids can fit in third-row but full-size adults will be on anything but short trips. The seats tip-and-slide at the touch of a to ease access to the rear.

Cargo space behind the seats is limited, but folding seats is a snap and that a long and flat cargo The second-row seats also flat to create a continuous area with a flat, and uninterrupted, load floor. storage is great with of bins and cubbies throughout.

Line No one needs a Mercedes-Benz GL. For matter, no one needs an Audi Q7, Escalade or Land Rover either. Still, if you have the the GL is a great example of a modern, and useful family hauler.

the GL can’t match some in sheer interior volume, it the most of its slightly-larger-than-midsize stance and great comfort in the first- and seats. In addition, the quick and great turning radius the GL quite maneuverable in tight If money isn’t an obstacle, the GL is considering for all of its useful features. The bet would probably be a GL450 a nice set of options. That give buyers the most version and also offer the available fuel economy. The diesel is also worth but only if you plan to spend the of the time on the highway.

Mark Bilek

Mark is the Director of Communications and Technology for the Auto Trade Association and the Manager for DriveChicago.com. He is also for developing and maintaining the Chicago Show Web site.

Mark has reviewing vehicles for two decades. he was associate publisher at Consumer . where he oversaw publication of Guide Car Truck Test, Guide’s Used Car Book, and He was also responsible for publication of Automobile and hardcover automotive

In 2001 and 2002 he served as of a Midwest Automotive Media . Mark has appeared on ABC TV, Fox News, and Channel as an automotive consultant. he was a regular on WGN Radio’s Steve show and now fills in for Paul on the Drive Chicago radio on WLS. Mark lives in the suburbs with his wife and sons.

For additional information me, visit my Google+ profile .

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