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2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/9/2014 Erick Ayapana

Vehicle Overview

The luxury SUV segment includes a long list of modern choices, though the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which has been in production for more than 30 years, remains one of the most coveted four-wheelers sold today. In fact, the G63 AMG was the best-selling AMG product in the U.S. for 2013, despite faster and more agile offerings from Benz's performance division.

The G-Class hasn't changed much since its introduction, which only adds to its appeal. It still rides on a truck-like chassis and retains its distinctive boxy shape. Benz has made numerous tweaks to the SUV, including a relatively significant interior update and powertrain upgrade for model year 2013. That said, the 2014 G-Class essentially carries over, with only a few exterior paint changes and standard black Nappa leather for the G63 AMG 's steering wheel.

Powering the 2014 G550 is a 5.5-liter V-8 rated at 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. The G63 AMG also gets a 5.5-liter V-8, but is supplemented by two turbochargers that boost power output to 536 hp and 561 lb-ft, propelling the 5876-pound four-wheel from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds. "The modern G-Wagen is a military truck in dress fatigues," we noted in a recent test of a G63 AMG. "It's still body-on-frame; it still has a low gear transfer case in unison with three mechanically locking differentials; and it still is capable of driving up a wall. Well, a wall at a pretty severe angle. Point is, the G is still essentially unstoppable. Only faster."

New for 2014

The G63 AMG now gets a standard AMG steering wheel wrapped in black Nappa leather. The 2014 G-Class also gets a revised color palette with Polar White replacing Arctic White, Diamond Silver Metallic replacing Sand Beige Metallic, and Dakota Brown Metallic replacing Verde Brook Metallic.

You'll Like

  • Commanding road presence
  • Off-road capability
  • Visibility

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Clumsy handling
  • Heavy rear hatch door

Key Competitors

  • Range Rover
  • Range Rover Sport
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Lexus LX 570

Sum Up

[[4]] 35 years of evolution can't be wrong.

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