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2012 Mercedes GL-Class GL 550 SUV

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review

(0 Stars)  The plus-size SUV.

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Overview
A plush, seven-seat SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GL is as luxurious as any vehicle in its class. In many ways, this massive SUV is as nice inside as Mercedes-Benz's flagship, the S-class. The top-trim GL550 has standard keyless start, twenty-one-inch wheels, an AMG body kit, and a massive three-pointed star on the grille. The options list includes tech-savvy and creature-comfort items such as a rear-seat DVD system, heated rear seats, radar cruise control, and an off-road package. All GL models ride on an air suspension that is smooth without being floaty. There are three engines: two V-8s and a diesel V-6 that produces more torque than either of the gasoline engines with significantly better fuel economy. Both V-8s offer impressive power, but elsewhere in the Mercedes-Benz lineup they are being replaced with more powerful and more efficient engines. In a year or two, the GL-class will certainly be packing these new powertrains. Regardless, the turbo-diesel would be our first choice were we to buy a GL. Paired with the smart seven-speed automatic transmission, it is responsive and punchy, and from inside the isolated cabin it feels as civilized as a V-8. However, BMW's X5 xDrive35d and Audi's Q7 TDI are more affordable, torquier, and less thirsty. The GL's advantages over those two are its larger cabin and butch looks, if that's your thing.

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2012 GL 550 SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.5L V eight-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 12 MPG city, 17 MPG highway, 14 MPG combined and 370 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
26.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 382 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 391 ft lb of torque @ 2,800 rpm

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'12 Mercedes GL 550 SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear 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 Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Panorama roof
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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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 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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HID Headlights
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Hill Decent Control
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Knee Air Bag
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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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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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  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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