2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

New For 2013

Longer, wider, and taller, the GL-class is all-new for 2013. Mercedes has seen fit to offer more power, more features, and more luxury, but the GL’s role is essentially unchanged, serving as the largest, most capable hauler in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. With the demise of the R-class this year, the GL is the brand’s only three-row people mover.


Don’t let the GL’s bulky size and chunky styling deceive you. This massive SUV is about as civil as they come. Credit for that goes to the standard air suspension and the optional Active Curve System, which varies the stiffness of the antiroll bars to control body roll in corners. In many ways, the GL is as nice inside as Mercedes-Benz’s flagship, the S-class, with an options list that includes soft-close doors, lane-keep assistance, and an overhead-view camera system that makes parking this big boy a cinch. There’s an off-road package with a locking center differential and a two-speed transfer case, but this GL is more at home in parking lots and cul-de-sacs than on the trail. To that end, the redesigned second row now tumbles forward for easier access to the compact third row. Four engines are offered: three V-8s and a diesel V-6 with significantly better fuel economy. The diesel engine has impressive power and remarkable refinement; it’s nearly silent from inside the cabin. However, it suffers from low-end turbo lag and runs out of breath in the upper half of its narrow power band. We’d recommend sticking with one of the potent V-8 engines or checking out the competitors’ diesels. BMW’s X5 xDrive35d and Audi’s Q7 TDI are more affordable and more responsive. The GL’s advantages over those two are its larger cabin and butch looks, if that’s your thing.


ABS; front, front and second-row side, side curtain, and driver’s knee air bags; a tire-pressure monitoring system; traction and stability control; and a rearview camera are standard. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and swiveling headlights are optional.

You'll like:

  • Cavernous interior
  • Lovely interior
  • Poised ride

You won't like:

  • Mediocre fuel economy
  • Limited cargo room behind third row

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-class

  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X5
  • Infiniti QX56
  • Lexus LX570
2013 Mercedes Benz Gl450 Front Three Quarter
Mercedes-Benz’s second-generation GL-class is more than a sport-utility vehicle. It’s also a big boulevardier with plenty of room for seven passengers, a commanding vantage point, and most of the creature comforts available in the S-class sedan. It can tow 7500 pounds and go just about anywhere, even if the typical owner cringes at the sight of mud. We called it “the S-class for Americans” when we took possession of our Four Seasons test model.
AUTP 140400 WINTER 03
Motoring up ice-slicked Vermont Route 108 outside of Stowe, we were not surprised when we saw that a minivan had slid off the road and was getting shoveled out of a snowbank. It was a sight that brought on a mixture of sympathy and smugness; if we’re being completely honest, it was more of the latter, as we were in the commanding perch of a four-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz GL450. We were confident that what happened to that guy would not be happening to us. That’s what four-wheel drive does for you.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class Specifications

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3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
240 hp @ 3600rpm
455 ft lb of torque @ 1600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation (optional)
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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