2013 MERCEDES-BENZ GL-CLASS GL 450 4MATIC SPORT UTILITY 4D

Price: $19,995

Year 2013

Make MERCEDES-BENZ

Model GL-CLASS

Trim GL 450 4MATIC SPORT UTILITY 4D

Drivetrain AWD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine V8, TWIN TURBO, 4.6L

Mileage 126,155

Doors 4

Exterior Color WHITE

Interior Color TAN

VIN 4JGDF7CE3DA103165

Stock No. 4840

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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While Cadillac encrusts the Escalade in layers of glitz, and Infiniti starts to veer down that path, the Mercedes-Benz GL is happy to stick with tradition. A curve's been added here or there, but the 2013 GL ute is still the traditional piece it was all through the last few years, and that's the right place for it to be.

The Benz ultimate-luxury SUV has softened up its act a bit. It's still subdued, and quite angular, but especially on the front end, the GL's grown more assertive. The grille is more pronounced, and the glass area now tapers upward at the rear. LED lighting laces across both the front and rear ends. It's just as rugged as before, but maybe a degree or two less boxlike. Spotters will be able to tell the GL 350 and GL 450 from the GL 550 from the flared wheel arches, sill plates, and 21-inch wheels. GL550s also get twin exhaust pipes, but so do some of the lesser V-8 models--so be warned.

There's a twin-turbo, 4.7-liter V-8 in both of the other GLs on offer. They're closely related, and both have features like direct injection that are supposed to help in the quest for better gas mileage. The GL 450's version of this engine makes 362 hp and 406 lb-ft for truly quick 0-60 mph times of about 6.2 seconds. The GL 550? It's even stronger, with an updated version of the same engine making 429 hp and 516 lb-ft, pushing the SUV to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Both are a little more gruff than the creamy Benz V-8s of even the recent past, but that's said to be the trade-off for more efficient power. As you can guess, highway gas mileage drops into the high teens on both of these powerful family wagons, though they're marginally better than in the first-generation GL.

By the numbers, the 2013 GL Class is 202.6 inches overall, with a 121.1-inch wheelbase. It sits 72.8 inches tall, and 84.3 inches wide. That makes it about an inch longer and an inch wider than before, and a half-inch taller--measurable differences, but given the GL's size, not dramatic ones.

The GL's front seats are fine, and don't require too much of a step up to access. The basic functionality is eight-way power adjustments; they can be optioned up with 10-way power controls, ventilation, heating, and multi-contour control, which adds massaging and adjustable thigh and thorax support, along with four modes of on-the-go shiatsu, everything from "slow" to "fast and vigorous."

In the second row, there's a bit of innovation that doesn't affect the generous head and leg room. These second-row seats benefit from wider door cuts, which makes it easier to get in, but they also have a new Easy-Entry feature--either a manual handle or a power actuation, that flips and folds them forward for superior access to the third-row seats. The power controls also slide the front seats forward to accommodate the folded second-row seats, a nice touch--but the sounds of the motors moving the seats aren't the most precise ones we've heard in a Mercedes.

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 

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