2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

G550 AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 auto trans

G550 AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 auto trans

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

New For 2013

After a one-year hiatus, the AMG G-wagen makes a triumphant return for 2013. The performance gurus in Affalterbach, Germany, have dropped their new twin-turbo V-8 into the engine bay, where it makes 544 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. Both the G63 and the G550 have received a restyled interior with a new seven-inch infotainment screen and mild exterior tweaks. The G550 V-8 gets a power increase of 6 hp.


New utility vehicles designed with on-road comfort as the top priority have left the G-class without peer. It still rides on rigid axles with an all-wheel-drive system that uses a two-speed transfer case and three electronically locking differentials to provide world-class off-road ability. Its military roots might be obvious when you look at the underbody, but the G-class delivers an exceptional interior just as you’d expect from Mercedes-Benz. Ten-way heated and ventilated power seats, dual-zone climate control, and a Harman Kardon stereo are standard. In three decades of production, the formidable Geländewagen has received few updates. There’s surprisingly little rear-seat room for such a big vehicle. The slow-acting recirculating-ball steering is endearingly retro or annoying, depending on your viewpoint. The door handles are difficult to operate, and the doors are difficult to close completely once you’re inside the cabin. The AMG model is a sort-of rolling contradiction, with its sticky street tires, furious twin-turbo V-8, and off-road mechanicals. Even the base G550 is frighteningly quick. For 2013, its V-8 gets an uptick in horsepower to 388. Some of its rivals might be more comfortable to drive, but with its old-school credibility, boxy good looks, and extreme off-road capability, the Geländewagen still reigns supreme.


ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard.

You'll like:

  • Hard-core off-roading ability
  • Sumptuous interior
  • Classic style

You won't like:

  • Unpolished road manners
  • Exceptionally thirsty
  • Costs as much as a tank

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-class

  • Infiniti QX56
  • Land Rover LR4
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Lexus LX570
G63 Amg 6x6 Soaring
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is a good off-roader. It’s got a big 5.5-liter 536-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes a whopping 561 lb-ft of torque. It also boasts intelligent all-wheel drive and three sequentially locking differentials. As far as luxury off-road SUVs go, Gelandewagen remains one of the best names in the business.
Brabus Mercedes Benz G63 AMG Dubai Police Car Front Three Quarters View
Last we heard, the Dubai Police Force’s patrol fleet included a Bugattti Veyron, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Ferrari FF, a Bentley Continental GT, an Aston Martin One-77, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. That’s one amazing list of cars, but apparently, the cops in Dubai felt its fleet lacked one thing: a Brabus-tuned Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG.
Brabus B63 S 700 6x6 Live 04
Brabus is known for taking Mercedes-Benz AMG models to the next level, and the German tuner has outdone itself with its latest creation, the insane B63 S-700 6x6. Based on the extremely rare Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6, the B63S-700 6x6 adds 154 hp to the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 for a total of 690 hp with the help of two Brabus turbochargers with more boost, revised engine mapping, and a special sport exhaust system.
2013 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG Front Left Side View 2
The G63 and its lesser-powered sibling, the G550, have neither the room nor the utility nor the efficiency nor the refinement nor the modernity of their GL-class siblings, but they have several things that the GL-class doesn't have, including character, provenance, and three locking differentials. If you've got the dough and the desire, I say, indulge yourself, but you might also want something a little more anodyne in your garage for driving excursions that require a bit more subtlety.
2013 Range Rover And Mercedes Benz G63 Front View
On this week's episode of Head 2 Head, the 2013 Range Rover and 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG dirty their fancy suits when Jonny Lieberman takes them off-roading before determining which super expensive SUV is better.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Specifications

Quick Glance:
5.5L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
12 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
15 MPG
388 hp @ 6000rpm
391 ft lb of torque @ 2800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 999 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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