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2013 Mercedes GL-Class GL 350 BLUETEC SUV

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review

(0 Stars)  The hulking SUV made even more docile.

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New For 2013
Longer, wider, and taller, the GL-class is all-new for 2013. Mercedes has seen fit to offer more power, more features, and more luxury, but the GL’s role is essentially unchanged, serving as the largest, most capable hauler in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. With the demise of the R-class this year, the GL is the brand’s only three-row people mover.
Overview
Don’t let the GL’s bulky size and chunky styling deceive you. This massive SUV is about as civil as they come. Credit for that goes to the standard air suspension and the optional Active Curve System, which varies the stiffness of the antiroll bars to control body roll in corners. In many ways, the GL is as nice inside as Mercedes-Benz’s flagship, the S-class, with an options list that includes soft-close doors, lane-keep assistance, and an overhead-view camera system that makes parking this big boy a cinch. There’s an off-road package with a locking center differential and a two-speed transfer case, but this GL is more at home in parking lots and cul-de-sacs than on the trail. To that end, the redesigned second row now tumbles forward for easier access to the compact third row. Four engines are offered: three V-8s and a diesel V-6 with significantly better fuel economy. The diesel engine has impressive power and remarkable refinement; it’s nearly silent from inside the cabin. However, it suffers from low-end turbo lag and runs out of breath in the upper half of its narrow power band. We’d recommend sticking with one of the potent V-8 engines or checking out the competitors’ diesels. BMW’s X5 xDrive35d and Audi’s Q7 TDI are more affordable and more responsive. The GL’s advantages over those two are its larger cabin and butch looks, if that’s your thing.

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2013 GL 350 BLUETEC SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.0L BlueTEC® V 6 DOHC
Diesel fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 581 mi. range
Diesel common rail fuel injection
26.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 240 hp @ 3,600 rpm; 455 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm

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'13 Mercedes GL 350 BLUETEC 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 Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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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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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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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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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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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
  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
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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