Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

If you're looking for a full-size luxury SUV with the ability to tow your camper or boat, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL was designed for you. Mercedes offers trims that range from a fuel efficient diesel model to a high-performance model that's quicker than some sports cars.

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MODEL OVERVIEW

The aerodynamic design of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL gives it a sporty look and increases performance. Although this vehicle has the ability to seat seven full-grown adults and tow7,500 pounds, the GL350 gets respectable gas mileage thanks to its 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. You can expect approximately 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. For those who want the seating and towing capability with maximal fuel economy, the GL350 is the way to go. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, 19-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, heated power front seats, and a power sunroof.

All trim levels are equipped with a unique all-wheel drive transmission that automatically applies the brake to one or more wheels if it detects loss of traction. This allows power to transfer to the other wheels, which results in increased traction and improved handling. The GL's suspension is designed to automatically adjust depending on how many passengers are seated in order to improve fuel economy, performance, and comfort. You can also push a button to raise the suspension, a nice feature to have if you're driving on bad roads or navigating through a parking garage with a full carload.

If you're looking for more performance, consider the GL450 or GL550. Both are equipped with a 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine—the GL450 makes 362 hp and the GL550 makes 429 hp. The GL450 gets slightly better gas mileage on the highway, however, the difference between these two models is primarily in the features offered. The GL550 comes standard with leather massage seats, the ability to memorize the position of the front seats, cooled front seats, satellite radio, and real-time traffic information for the navigation system, features that are all optional on the GL450. If you plan to take your car on long trips, features such as the massage seats, cooled seats, and real-time traffic information can make your journey more enjoyable.

For the absolute best that Mercedes has to offer, look at the GL63 AMG. Great attention is given to every model—you can see the signature of the technician who crafted your motor on the engine block, and the hand-fitted leather and hand-finished wood demonstrate the level of care given to your car. With 21-inch wheels and a panorama roof, you'll love looking at the vehicle from outside, and adore the view inside. Performance is where this model shines, its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine produces 550 hp and can rocket from zero to 60 mph in only 4.8 seconds. You also get an 80-GB hard drive, voice control, and a subscription to Mercedes' service that lets you connect your smartphone with your car, contact an expert concierge, and more. Small features such as heated and cooled cup holders add the finishing touches to this vehicle. If you're looking to treat yourself to the finest in luxury and performance, this is the car you want to look at.

While the styling from the 2007-2012 GLs is different than the second-generation models, they offer the same thing as the current model: great performance in a full-size luxury SUV. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the 2014 GL and don't mind sacrificing a few features, consider the first-generation models. The changes to the body and interior are minimal. 

2014 MERCEDES-BENZ GL SAFETY

The Mercedes-Benz GL hasn't been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL has many safety features anti-lock brakes, seven airbags, a rear-view camera, brake assist, automatic windshield wipers, an electronic stability system, and a tire pressure monitoring system. 

NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE MERCEDES-BENZ GL

  • The 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450 was named the 2007 SUV of the Year by Motortrend for its value, as well as significance among other cars in its class.
  • Again, in 2013, the Mercedes-Benz GL was named the SUV of the Year by Motortrend. Every trim level was recognized as offering exceptional value when compared to other SUVs on the market.
  • US News ranked the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL #2 in Luxury Large SUVs