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GL450 SUV
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  • GL550 SUV
4WD 4dr
  • 4WD 4dr
4dr 4WD (Natl)
  • 4dr 4WD (Natl)
  • 4dr 4WD (GS)
  • 4dr 4WD (SE)

Prices

MSRP $59,200 $75,855 $64,755
Invoice $55,056 $67,510 $57,307
Avg. Paid $25,883 $41,848 $40,607

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 8.4 8.4
Critics' Rating 9.2 8.5 8.5
Performance 8.8 8.3 8.8
Interior 8.6 7.8 8.3
Operating Cost 6.3 6.5 7.1
Safety N/A N/A N/A
Reliability 3.0 4.5 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Spacious interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Strong engines
  • Capable both on- and off-road
  • Plenty of power
  • Numerous standard features
  • Excellent reliability
  • Capable off-roader
  • Good towing capacity
  • Strong reliability score
Cons
  • Lacks standard features like leather seats and navigation
  • Cargo space is less than some competitors’
  • Bland styling
  • Limited cargo space
  • Cramped third-row seat

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain 4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V8 4.7L/285 Gas V8 5.7L/346 Gas V8 5.7L/346
MPG 13 City / 18 Hwy 12 City / 18 Hwy 13 City / 18 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sport Utility 4 Door SUV Sport Utility

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 121.1 112.2 112.2
Length, Overall (in) 200.6 196.5 194.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.4 77.6 77.6
Height, Overall (in) 72.4 - 75.6 75.6 74.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Standard
Fixed Sunroof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard Standard
Running Boards Optional Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5280 5995 5690

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional Optional

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Standard Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Optional Standard Standard
Luggage Rack Optional Standard Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Standard Standard
Power Liftgate Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Optional Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 7 8 8
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 143.0 143.4 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 40.1 38.3 38.3
Front Leg Room (in) 40.3 42.9 42.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 61.0 61.0
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.8 59.8
Second Head Room (in) 40.6 38.9 38.9
Second Leg Room (in) 39.5 34.4 36.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 61.4 61.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.5 58.5
Third Leg Room (in) 34.2 28.3 28.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 83.3 83.1 81.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 43.8 41.0 43.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 14.3 15.5 16.1

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Standard Standard
Entertainment System Optional Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Standard Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Optional

Seats

Leather Seats Optional Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Additional Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Cooled Passenger Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard
Seat Memory Optional Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Rear Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential Standard
Locking Rear Differential Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V8 Gas V8
Displacement 4.7L/285 5.7L/346 5.7L/346
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 335 @ 6000 383 @ 5600 381 @ 5600
Torque (Net @ RPM) 339 @ 2700 - 5000 403 @ 3600 401 @ 3600
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 39.7 38.7 38.7

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 13 12 13
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 18 18 18
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.4 24.6 25.4

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional Standard
Air Suspension Standard Standard
Suspension Type - Front 4-wheel Airmatic Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone w/
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Wheel Airmatic 4-Link Rigid Axle 4-link w/
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Air Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Air Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard