2007 Mercedes Benz GL450 Is Motor Trend SUV of the Year

By Joel Arellano | October 24, 2006
While gas prices may have affected consumers in rethinking SUVs, those who prioritize name recognition, technology, and luxury—and have the money—have an obvious choice in purchasing their uber-lux SUV.
Motor Trend Magazine has selected the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450 as its 2007 SUV of the Year winner. States Motor Trend editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie, "The GL may be a surprise winner for many people. The first full-size sport/utility from Mercedes is not cheap, but it has astonishing technology. It offers a seven-speed automatic transmission and a V-8 engine with 335 horsepower, and it will be available in a version that runs on the new low-sulfur diesel fuel for greater gas mileage. Comfortable, third-row seating has become one of the most important measures for sport/utilities, and the GL's is the best." This year’s winner also shows the growth of the SUV segment with the Motor Trend staff testing no less than 22 new or revised sports utility vehicles, the largest number ever tested. Other SUVs included the new Acura RDX, Lincoln Navigator, revised Hyundai Santa Fe. Complete evaluation and details can be found in the December issue of Motor Trend which will hit the newsstands on November 7th. Our take? The GL450’s win also illustrates how the SUV segment is shifting from off-roading to the more mundane street-driving. We’re especially curious to see how new contenders Acura RDX, Lincoln MDX, and Mazda CX-7 stack up against the more established competitors like the Chevrolet Suburban. Via Motor Trend

I have a neighbor who has one of these and I have to admit they're impressive in black.