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2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/13/2014 Erick Ayapana

Vehicle Overview

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL is the largest SUV in the automaker's extensive lineup of crossovers and four wheelers. With four engine choices and some the most technologically advanced safety features in its segment, it's no wonder why the GL was crowned Motor Trend's SUV of the Year for 2013. The GL is even offered with an AMG version, making it one of the most unassuming hot rods on the road today.

But for those who would rather save fuel, the entry-level, diesel-powered GL350 is a no-brainer. The 2014 GL350 earned an EPA rating of 26 mpg on the highway, but its 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 is plenty strong, with 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. Sitting in the middle of the range is the GL450, with a 4.7-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V-8 rated at 362 hp. The GL550 has the same engine as the GL450, but is tuned to churn out 449 hp, allowing the large SUV achieve a sports-car like 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds. And if that weren't enough, the range-topping GL63 AMG gets to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds thanks to its 550-hp 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8.

When we tested the second-generation Mercedes GL, we were impressed with the optional Designo interior package, which includes premium leather and accents. "The new big Benz is also bursting with electronics that the competition can't match," we noted, and "the available 360-degree view parking assistant package is impressive tech that will enable GL drivers to better navigate the giant family hauler in even the smallest of organic grocery store parking lots." Other available features include night vision assist, heated and cooled front seats, rear seat DVD entertainment, an off-road package, and a panoramic roof.

New for 2014

Aside from few minor color and trim adjustments, the only new feature to report for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV is the Splitview infotainment screen.

You'll Like

  • Sports car-like acceleration from the GL63 AMG
  • Advanced safety features
  • Fuel economy from diesel model

You Won't Like

  • COMAND infotainment controls need improvement
  • Overly sensitive seatbelt tensioner
  • Rough ride with 21-inch rims

Key Competitors

  • BMW X5
  • Lexus LX 570
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Infiniti QX56

Sum Up

5 star The GL is large and in charge

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