2016 Mercedes-Benz GL350

Pros: Excellent build quality; respectable fuel economy in BlueTEC diesel-engine model; broad range of engine choices; quiet cabin

Cons: Second and 3rd-row seats aren’t as spacious as many premium-large SUVs’; steep price premium of GL63 AMG model

CG Says: The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL is unchanged except that five years of mbrace communications service is now standard. The GL-Class doesn’t have the sheer interior volume of some premium large SUVs, but its accommodations are more than adequate for the majority of buyers. Relatively trim exterior dimensions ease parking and maneuverability, too. Any GL offers impressive power and high levels of refinement. Don’t overlook the diesel BlueTEC–it’s the least expensive model, yet is plenty powerful and remarkably fuel-frugal. Note that prices climb quickly as you add options, particularly the Designo interior packages and Bang & Olufsen audio system. The GL63 AMG model, with its 550-horsepower turbocharged 5.5-liter V8, is for high rollers only.

The Facts
Class Premium Large SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices GL350 BlueTEC: $64,550
GL450: $66,200
GL550: $91,300
GL63 AMG: $121,100

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.7-liter V8
Horsepower
429
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
13
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
18

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450
2016 Mercedes-Benz GL450
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL550
2016 Mercedes-Benz GL550
2013 GL63 AMG
2016 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG