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retains its bygone-era design
a rare and burly SUV
big, boxy and about as modern as a dial-up phone
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class stands out from the crowd. Its design is based on military vehicles, with flat sides, a windshield that's nearly vertical, and a strikingly boxy shape. For 2009, TheCarConnection.com notes that buyers will see a new three-bar front grille and a chrome grille guard. G55 models have 18-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels, and top-of-the-line G55 AMGs get 19-inch five-spoke wheels (plus some chrome trim and exclusive badging).
Kelley Blue Book calls the design of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class "old (over 28 years, in fact)" and says it's "big, boxy and about as modern as a dial-up phone." J.D. Power reports that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has an "iconic, upright and basically boxy exterior design." ForbesAutos points out that it could "pass for the postal-delivery vehicle in a gated community," while Edmunds reports it will appeal to "those who consider on-road driving dynamics secondary to pulling up to the valet stand in a blinged-out, off-road vehicle dripping with Rambo levels of testosterone."
In contrast, the interior decor of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is upscale, according to Cars.com: "leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut or maple wood trim." Edmunds observes that the current G-Class "retains its bygone-era design." Kelley Blue Book calls the soft leather and genuine wood accents a "21st-century touch."
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is striking on the outside, though some might find it dated or fashionably retro.