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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
Quick Take
A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover. Read more »
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a work of sculpted muscularity

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unique front-end experience

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all kinds of manly with broad-shouldered looks

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most controls are logically placed...some have cryptic markings

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$60,950 $84,450
4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC
Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/21 mpg Hwy
Engine Turbocharged Diesel V6, 3.0L
EPA Class 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 7
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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The Basics:

At one time, it was going to be the replacement for the military-grade Gelaendewagen, or the G-Class. But by the time it was ready for production in 2007, the SUV market was on fire, and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class took its own place in the lineup as a true Range Rover fighter.

SUV sales may have tanked, but the GL-Class is still the tank we'd rather be seen driving. It's among the best seven-seat SUVs on the market, with crisp and rugged styling matched by a splendid cabin with room for seven passengers. 

Of the three models, the diesel-powered GL350 BlueTEC might be the best of all. Its 400 pound-feet of torque relieve any concerns about acceleration, and it's a perfect match for off-roading (even if the true off-road package can only be found on the V-8-powered GL450). It earns the best gas mileage of the bunch, too, at 17/21 mpg--far better than the thirsty but incredibly powerful GL550 and its 12/17 mpg rating.

The spiffy seven-seat cabin is sized for adults, in all three rows, and they're relatively easy to get into--something you can't say for the GM utes like the Cadillac Escalade. The Land Rover Range Rover only comes as a five-seater. And the GL-Class matches nearly every feature to be found on the others, with high-dollar audio systems, the knob- or voice-driven COMAND system, DVD entertainment, Bluetooth connections, and iPod compatibility.

The boldest thing about the GL-Class, it turns out, isn't the big three-pointed star on the nose, nearly the size of a Honda Civic steering wheel. The boldest thing may be that Mercedes-Benz has built a better Suburban, and plopped it down in a pricier neighborhood.


  • Rugged and luxurious looks
  • Roomy cabin
  • True off-road capability
  • Frugal diesel fuel economy


  • Expensive, even in base form
  • Big tires turn ride jittery
  • Low gas mileage on gas versions
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