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2011 Mercedes G-Class G 55 AMG SUV

2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

(3 Stars)  Classic luxury off-roader

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The G class is possibly one of the most recognizable of Mercedes' offering. Combining luxury and off road capability like few other vehicles can, the military based G class has been around since the 1970's and is still going strong today. It has been updated many times over the years, but the overall look and construction remain the same. While many of its sales are due to its hummer with luxury accoutrements, it remains an extremely capable off road vehicle. It's neither practical nor a good value, yet people who can add them to their stable still love them.

The G class is offered in two trim levels. The G550 with a 382 HP 5.5 liter V-8 routing its power through a seven speed automatic transmission. The four wheel drive is of the full time variety with lockable front, center, and rear differentials. The G55 AMG shares the same 4 wheel drive system, but offers a supercharged 5.4 liter V8 good for 500 HP and a 5 speed automatic transmission to get power to the ground. With a 6 figure starting price and over 3 tons of weight, the G series is certainly not the most practical vehicle on the road.

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2011 G 55 AMG SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Supercharged
Engine: 5.4L V8 OHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 11 MPG city, 13 MPG highway, 12 MPG combined and 304 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
25.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 500 hp @ 6,100 rpm; 516 ft lb of torque @ 2,750 rpm

'11 Mercedes G 55 AMG SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Drive  
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Electronic Transfer Case
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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