A stalwart among Mercedes' crossover SUVs, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class continues to be a capable driver and six-passenger family friendly and luxurious vehicle. For model year 2013, Mercedes has added more standard features, enhancing the full-size SUV's safety and comfort. Some of the former include a Crosswind Stabilization system, which keeps the GL-Class stable in heavy crosswinds while braking, and Attention Assist, which detects if the driver is getting drowsy. New optional features include interior ambient lighting and panoramic rooftop.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class continues to be powered by any of two V-8 gasoline engines or one V-6 diesel. All three have increased power for the new model year. Mercedes has not released fuel economy figures for the 2013 GL-Class, but the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450 gets 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway while the 2012 GL350 BlueTEC diesel version is the reigning champ at 17 mpg city and 21 mpg. We doubt those figures would drop for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, nor do we expect the big Mercedes-Benz family hauler's pricing to drop, either.
Who It's For
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a full-size crossover SUV aimed to satisfy owners who have to haul large families and their stuff, transport adults regularly, or a combination of both, all within the lap of luxury. And how: the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is expensive even among luxury large crossovers, which includes the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade, and Infiniti QX56. That GL-Class price tag climbs rapidly, especially when you add the Premium 1 package, which includes the lion's share of desirable comfort features. You'll find the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class a very luxurious SUV once you've configured it.
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is an already capable people hauler for the well-to-do. Mercedes will continue to offer the two gasoline engines (4.7-liter and 5.5-liter) and BlueTEC diesel, all mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Besides additional standard safety equipment, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class for 2013 also features:
- More powerful engines. The 2013 Mercedes GL450 V-8 engine generates 27 more horsepower than its predecessor; the 2013 GL550 V-8 adds 47 hp; and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 gets a 30 hp boost for its diesel engine.
- Easier access to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class via the optional Power Easy-Entry system.
- Standard air suspension system.
- Surround view camera.
What We Think
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class goes on sale in September of this year. While the GL-Class generally gets nothing but praise for the way it drives and handles, there have been grumbles here and there about pricing once options are selected. But let's be serious: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a luxury crossover SUV, and if your primary concern is price instead of power, comfort, and off-road capability, what are you doing at a Mercedes-Benz dealership anyhow?
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