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MSRP: $115,400 - $137,150
Invoice: $107,322 - $127,550
MPG: 12 City / 15 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class ranks 16 out of 17 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Though the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a very capable off roader, its clumsy handling on pavement and its poor fuel economy are disappointing, according to critics.

Test drivers say the base 2015 G550's V8 engine delivers impressive power and strong acceleration from a standstill, and they write that the G63 AMG's twin-turbo V8 makes the SUV even faster. Both trims come standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and reviewers report that it changes gears quickly and seamlessly. The G-Class has substandard fuel economy for the class at an EPA-estimated 12/15 mpg city/highway. Automotive journalists are unimpressed with the G-Class’ on-road driving dynamics. They point out that its heavy weight and tall height makes for unwieldy handling through corners and in small spaces. Reviewers say the G-Class’ slow steering is good for off-roading, but not ideal for navigating city streets. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes with full-time four-wheel drive, and reviewers write that it’s one of the most capable off-road SUVs available, and it can easily climb over rugged terrain and through deep mud and water.

Though auto writers agree that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class' interior has first-rate materials and excellent build quality, some think its boxy, practical design looks dated. The G-Class' front seats are comfortable and supportive during long-distance journeys, and there is ample headroom in both the front and back seats, according to reviewers. However, some aren't impressed with the amount of legroom available in either row of seats. Standard equipment includes navigation, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon stereo, Bluetooth, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch display. The G-Class offers nearly all of its features as standard equipment. According to reviewers, the COMAND infotainment system is easy to operate, and they also like its large, crisp display. Some critics find the low-mounted climate controls aren’t within easy reach and some dashboard buttons require a light touch. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class’ cargo capacity is good for the class.

  • “If you're looking for the latest in automotive technology and design, not to mention comfort, efficiency and style, we think a Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne or even a Cadillac Escalade makes a better choice." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “… in many other areas, this Mercedes-Benz clearly lags behind the times. Unwieldy handling, dismal fuel economy, a utilitarian interior design and plenty of wind noise when driving on the highway are shortcomings you're just not going to encounter to this degree with other luxury SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • "There's nothing quite like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class sports-utility vehicle. How many vehicles can say they were designed at the request of the Shah of Iran, have served as the official transportation device for the Pope, are used as military vehicles by nearly every major country in the world and are sold brand new fully swathed in luxury from car dealerships in North America? Only one that we can think of: the G-Class." -- Left Lane News
  • "… we'll concede that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G550 and G63 AMG have solidified their spot at the top of the automotive heap. This boxy Benz may be a relic from a bygone era, but for buyers with the requisite means, it still doesn't get much better than a G-Wagen." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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The Land Rover Range Rover has powerful engines, including a standard supercharged V6, reviewers say. They also report that it has sharp handling and excellent off-road performance. Test drivers like its high-end cabin materials and comfortable seats in both rows.

The Infiniti QX60 earns excellent fuel economy estimates for the class and can seat more people than the G-Class. Reviewers say its cabin is roomy and comfortable in all three rows. Additionally, auto journalists like the QX60’s attractive cabin styling and high-quality materials.

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Details: 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class seats five and is available in two trims. The G550 has a 5.5-liter V8 and the G63 AMG has a twin-turbocharged version of the same engine. A seven-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive are standard. The G-Class is largely unchanged for the 2015 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2015 and prior model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/15/15

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