2014 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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2014 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG Rear Passengers Side In Motion
2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

New For 2014

Change comes slowly to the G-Class, and 2014 is one of those years when change comes not at all. Last year, however, the G-wagen did undergo a significant update. As a result, it now has a modern suite of Mercedes-Benz safety and driver-assistance systems, including Blind Spot Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, and a backup camera.

Vehicle Summary

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class (also known as the G-wagen) was designed for use by the German military, and it shows. This singularly utilitarian sport-ute has been little changed -- design-wise at least -- since it debuted in 1979. Extreme off-road ability and a general air of vault-like solidity have made the G-wagen popular with a small but stubborn cadre of enthusiastic owners. After trying for a time to keep it largely out of the public eye (it wasn't imported to the United States until the 1990s), Mercedes seems to have finally realized that the G-wagen, although an outlier even among Mercedes SUVs, is an icon worth preserving and nurturing.


With its high ground clearance, three (!) locking differentials (front, center, and rear), two-speed transfer case with low range, body-on-frame construction, and general feeling of invincibility, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is formidable off-road -- able, for instance, to climb or descend a 45-degree slope. We realize that most buyers will not choose to test that ability with their $100,000 Mercedes, but it exists nonetheless. As neat as it is, all that hardware adds plenty of weight, and in a tall vehicle with high ground clearance that weight makes its presence felt in cornering. Combine that with the G-wagen's ultraslow power steering, and you probably won't want to take the winding way home.

Straight-line performance, though, is a different story. The G550 is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8, whose 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque may be less than you'll find in most other Mercedes V-8s but is still enough to push this big machine from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. Most buyers, however, opt for the most extreme version of this extreme machine, the G63 AMG. The AMG features a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 that's good for 536 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, which it trumpets to the world via rumbling exhausts that exit just ahead of the rear wheels. Fun fact: in no other Mercedes-Benz model is the AMG version so popular.

The G-wagen's design -- styling would really be overstating it -- dates back to its beginning, and the company would be foolish to mess with it. That does not mean, however, that buyers don't appreciate a little modern bling. They do. So recently, Mercedes added LED daytime running lights, red brake calipers, and wheels as large as twenty inches. Americans remain shut out from the most outlandish version of the G-wagen: the two-door convertible, which comes complete with a power-folding top. It's sold in Europe, but not here.

You'll like:

  • Serious off-road ability
  • Vault-like build quality
  • Looks like the badass ride of a third-world dictator

You won't like:

  • Lurches through corners
  • Dismal fuel consumption
  • Not terribly roomy

Key Competitors

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  • Lexus LX570
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • Land Rover Range Rover
Mercedes Benz 300 GD Front Three Quarters
Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 35 years of the iconic G-Class with two new special editions for Europe called the G500 and G350 Bluetec Edition 35. A 1988 Mercedes-Benz G-Class named “Otto” that has visited 215 countries over the past 26 years will also be inducted into the Mercedes-Benz museum to commemorate this record-holding vehicle.
2014 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG Three Quarters View Offroad
When the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class was refreshed two years ago, we were thrilled to get a new version of the V-8-powered G63 AMG (pictured). Some American G-Wagen fans felt like they got the short end of the stick, however, when the German automaker confirmed that the berserk V-12-powered Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG would be withheld from U.S. shores. According to a new report from Automotive News, that’s about to change.
Mansory Mercedes Benz G63 AMG 6x6 Front Three Quarters
British tuner Mansory has chosen one of the most insane vehicles on the planet—the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6—as a starting point for its latest creation that’s called the Mansory 6x6. The Mansory upgrades to this six-wheeled, V-8-powered monster SUV give it more power, a slightly more menacing look, and more luxurious interior materials for a truly over-the-top package that’s sure to appeal to extreme buyers only.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Specifications

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5.5L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
12 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
15 MPG
382 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
50,000 miles / 48 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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