Mercedes GL450

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Mercedes-Benz GL450

Mercedes GL450


Don’t read this Sneak Preview: this is the truck in it’s class, but we got a Cayenne Turbo S instead as a close-out for almost $30,000 sticker. We couldn’t resist!

Mercedes GL450


My wanted something bigger my Mercedes E430 for hauling our baby, so we went shoppiung for

This review is based on my driving of the GL450.

Mercedes the GL450 Mercedes-Benz’ biggest vehicle ever. Mercedes makes busses and military and I suspect the Grosser 770K of was bigger, but the signs at US Mercedes say it’s the biggest; maybe by Mercedes means ever in of American’s limited comprehension of Mercedes has been making for over 120 years.

0-60s actual

shift paddles


cargo: 40 wide x 48 deep x 32



The standard low-beam refractive projectors and high-beams aren’t as good as the halogen lights on out 2006 9-3 or my 2002 E430. Pass on


The Xenons, a $900 (option #319, Lighting are great. I’m a photographer, and always been very to quality and quantity of light, so I these things.

The xenons the entire road, from far to far right, in an all-encompassing carpet of

Even the high beam is unlike cars from years. This is why it’s bi-xenon, meaning both the and low beams are xenon. For the past ten the xenon options on Mercedes, BMW and the rest have only for the low beams.

Bi-xenons are simple: you tal the high beam, the internal shade moves out of the way and now everything is lit by not just the bottom half of the Flick them when against a wall and you’ll see how the beam appears at high, and the bottom half appears on low

A huge advantage of bi-xenon is the high beams come on — as soon as the shade out of the way. Conventional lights a fraction of a second for the high to turn on, even if you had xenon

Of course the xenons take minutes to warm up; but the high/low is always instant.

Since the and low xenon light projects the same hole, the GL450 the halogen high beams of the model and fires them too, alonmg with the high beams.

The color of the may not have been that They seemed a bit greenish-blue; not This may of may not be the case; I dind’t it for that long in dark conditons to get a good read on it. The xenons are white; the crappy are blue.

The xenons steer like a At slow speeds the inside steers more into turn.

They adjust as you As you come to a stop and the GL450 forward, the lights peek up to the same road distance As you hammer it and haul off, the front end rises, and the lights point down to the same to avaoid blinding other This allows the GL450 lights to illuminate further the road and cast less since they don’t to be pointed down to the lowest needed to prevent glare on


I put as a separate page at Getting a Deal on a New Mercedes. We would paid $1,000 below which is about $4,000 sticker.


I didn’t with the nav system. I prefer the of my pocket GPS I take everywhere.

told that the Mercedes GPS treat me like a moron as the nav of lesser marques do. The nav system of the should work properly, the ability to use it as you drive. Lesser like Jaguar have nav systems which ignore as you drive, making it impossible for me to as co-pilot when driving someone else.

God bless Mercedes for treating us people, not idiots. The passanger cna run the nav the driver pays attention to

Mercedes-Benz GL450

Cruise Control

As it has for decades, the control is a simple stalk on the of the wheel. It’s always on you don’t have to turn it on as you do on marques.

Tap it up or down to set and hold current speed.

Then or holding it up or down increases of your speed.

Small work in 1 MPH increments.

New: it further up or down to lock-in in exact 5 MPH increments. If you’re 43 MPH, one big tap up gets you exactly Four more big taps up lock in exactly 65MPH. If the limit drops to 50 MPH, it three big taps down.

It shows the set speed digitally on the

It’s clever and appears to use the to slow down, even on the model. Tap it down to a slower and the GL450 smoothly decelerates to selected speed.

Tap the brake or it away from you (towards the to turn it off and drive yourself.

set, pull the stalk you to resume a previous speed.

I this new cruise control. I in exact speeds of freeways. exactly 94 MPH for fuel economy? it a few big taps up to 95, and one small tap down to 94 Brilliant.

Engine and Transmission

GL450 Engine

Most of it is under plastic vanity

It has a 4-valve per cylinder 4.6L V8 339 ft-lbs and 315 HP.

Premium fuel of course.

EPA MPG is 15 19 highway. The earliest production GL450s, made in 2006, had a VIN and were only rated at MPG. Their VIN was 4JGBF71E 27 THe newer GL450s have VIN 47 Axxxxxx. The difference is in the 9th character, a 2 or a 4. No one has any what’s changed, but it’s on the stickers.

Mercedes-Benz GL450
Mercedes-Benz GL450
Mercedes-Benz GL450
Mercedes-Benz GL450

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