The full-size Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV's are larger than the mid-size M-Class and offer three-row seating. The GL matches SUV packaging efficiency with more car-like dynamics than the traditional, full-size, body-on-frame SUVs from other automakers, yet can tow big trailers.
Correspondent G.R. Whale tested the GL550 in Idaho and the GL320 and GL450 in Los Angeles, with Larry Edsall reporting from Napa Valley.
three-point seat belts for all seating positions, front airbags, side airbags for first two rows and curtain airbags for all three rows, active front head restraints, four-wheel electronic traction control, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist Plus, LATCH tethers for child safety seats
Safety equipment (optional):
Parktronic, bi-xenon headlamps with active cornering, Distronic active cruise control, rear-view camera
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Mercedes-Benz GL350 4MATIC ($59,950)
M-B Tex upholstery, dual-zone climate control, burl walnut interior trim, heated power front seats, easy-fold second-row seat, power folding third-row seat, heated mirrors, infrared-reflective glass, HomeLink, cruise control, 11-speaker audio with CD player, four reading lights, cup holders for each row, retractable cargo cover, power moonroof, rear stationary sunroof with shade, front/rear fog lamps, six power windows, rain-sensing wipers
independent, upper and lower control arms, air springs, anti-roll bar
independent, four-link, air springs, anti-roll bar
vented disc/vented disc with ABS, ESP, traction control, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of May 27, 2009.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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