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MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review

Review Last Updated: 3/31/15

The redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class received enthusiastic praise for its quiet interior, responsive handling and comfortable ride.

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Some test drivers said the base 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350’s turbodiesel V6 engine provides adequate acceleration, but others wished it was more responsive at low speeds. They agreed that the GL450’s twin-turbo V8 delivers plenty of power. The GL550 and sport-tuned GL63 AMG have twin-turbo V8s that are even more powerful. Every GL-Class comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. According to the EPA, the base 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 gets 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is outstanding for the class. Test drivers reported that the GL-Class has a very comfortable and composed ride, even on rutted pavement. Many added that it’s one of the sharpest-handling SUVs on the market, especially with the standard adjustable air suspension switched to Sport mode.

Reviewers noted that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class' cabin is whisper quiet and features upscale materials and a beautiful design. Most critics said that the first two rows of seating are spacious and comfortable. Some wrote that the third-row seat easily accommodates adults, but others said it’s best left for children. Cargo space in the GL-Class is above average for the class. Standard features in the 2013 GL-Class include heated front seats, power-folding third-row seats, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, forward collision warning and a driver alertness monitor. Available features include ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, an iPod interface, navigation, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a surround-view camera system, parallel parking assist, night vision, a power-folding second-row seat, a rear-seat entertainment system and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. Some reviewers complained that the COMAND system makes simple tasks such as changing a radio station too difficult, but others argued that it’s one of the more user-friendly infotainment systems available.

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The 2013 Cadillac Escalade has class-leading cargo space, and critics wrote that its base V8 delivers ample power. The Escalade’s comfortable ride and eye-catching interior design also appealed to automotive writers.

Test drivers reported that the 2013 Lexus LX has surprisingly brisk acceleration and very composed handling for a large SUV. They added that the LX is one of the more capable off-road SUVs in the class.

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