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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review
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Mercedes-Benz is well known for making high quality, luxurious vehicles. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class breaks the mold somewhat from most people’s expectations. While it is as luxurious as any other Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the main draw of the G-Class sport utility vehicle (SUV) is its rugged build, powerful engine, and goes-anywhere design. The G-Class is designed and built to be used and abused. With almost every amenity found on luxury passenger vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class can take its passengers almost anywhere in comfort and style.
New For 2013
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class receives numerous changes and alterations compared to the previous year’s model. Most of these are minor modifications to existing features. The only major change is the replacement of the A55 AMG model with the more powerful A63 AMG model. Some of the new features include:
- Completely redesigned dashboard
- LED daytime running lights
- Increased engine power on standard engine
- G-Class A63 AMG replaces the G-Class A55
The exterior of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a blocky, angular SUV with a very traditional body design. This is actually a significant departure from the other, much sleeker Mercedes-Benz SUVs, like the GL-Class and M-Class. However, the G-Class still manages to be quite attractive, thanks to the body colored bumpers and trim design. These somewhat uncommon aesthetic features soften the appearance of the G-Class, making it much more attractive without using the sleeker body design used in so many other SUVs. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class manages to retain the imposing presence of the larger SUVs without the less attractive aspects typically found on these vehicles.
Interior & Cargo
Despite the emphasis on rugged performance, the G-Class is still a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The interior is impeccably appointed with a wide range of luxury features as standard equipment. Even features like power seats, heated seats, steering wheel audio controls, leather and wood trim, dual-zone climate control, and a heated steering wheel are standard equipment on all models. The features list of the G-Class reads more like a high end luxury vehicle than an SUV.
The entertainment system is just as extravagant as the comfort features. A six-disc CD player, MP3 playback stereo, AM/FM radio, Sirius satellite radio, auxiliary audio input, memory card slot, and iPod integration make up the audio playback systems. In addition, the G-Class also features a DVD player and monitor. The speaker system consists of Harman/Kardon premium speakers, a subwoofer, and a 5.1 surround audio system. The standard entertainment system is actually better than most home systems.
The G-Class offers an impressive amount of cargo space, with 45.2 cubic feet of storage located behind the rear seats. Lowering the seats increases the storage space to an even more impressive 79.5 cubic feet. The G-Class has a slightly higher than normal roof, which means that some of this storage space is vertical. This can potentially beneficial, since it makes some awkwardly shaped objects easier to load.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes loaded with a wide variety of different safety features as standard equipment. Electronic stability control, electronic traction control, and adaptive cruise control help the driver keep the G-Class in control, even under difficult, off-road conditions. A blind spot warning system, parking assist, and a rear camera aid the driver to avoid hitting something they would otherwise be unable to see. Anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and Distronic Plus brake assist help the driver to stop safely in the event of an emergency. In addition, if all of these safety features do not manage to stop the accident before it starts, the G-Class has dual-front airbags and side-curtain airbags to protect the driver and passengers.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes with a standard 5.5-liter, eight-cylinder engine linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This engine generates 388 horsepower, with a fuel economy of 12/15 mpg city/highway. The G-Class A63 comes with an even more powerful 5.5-liter, eight-cylinder engine that generates 544 horsepower. The fuel economy of the A63 decreases only slightly, offering 12/14 mpg city/highway.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is unapologetically an off-road vehicle. It can hold up well enough on normal roadways, but it is designed to be driven through harsh conditions. Regardless of driving conditions, the G-Class accelerates very quickly, even faster than much smaller vehicles. The maneuverability is a little on the lumbering side, although this is not particularly unusual with an SUV. On roadways, this is generally more noticeable. The G-Class handles well enough not to present any major issues, but it does handle slower than many other vehicles on the market. However, the reason the G-Class handles so slowly is because of its built in stability controls for off-road driving. The G-Class might not turn quickly, but it is extremely sure footed, which can often be more crucial with an off-road vehicle.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
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