I only drove the G-wagen to pick up some lunch, but in that time got head nods and stares from a few hip-looking young people. For those of you keeping score, that's more positive attention than I got in three years of junior high school.

Like everyone else, I spent several minutes opening and closing the doors to hear the tank-like kathunk. The interior is a bizarre mix of $100,000 luxury, military functionality, and late-1970s design sensibilities. And yes, it's stupidly fast. I'm shocked and impressed that we were able to get double-digit fuel economy in this thing.

We've all long since become accustomed to huge luxury trucks, but the G-wagen is still something different altogether. Mercedes is smart to keep it in the lineup, if only for the air of legitimacy it adds to its other SUV and crossover offerings.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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