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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

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Often thought near extinction, the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class roars into 2013 with a new interior, an external refresh and a new high-performance model. Rumors of its demise have obviously been grossly exaggerated. Affectionately called the "G-Wagen," from the German Gelandewagen ("cross-country car"), this bolt-upright military utility vehicle has found beloved favor with a tiny subset of the especially well off. Its solid construction and luxurious accommodations provide the necessary rationale, but it's all about the attitude. Over the years, Mercedes has refined and improved the G, but never strayed from the classic boxy styling and rugged performance. The Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne may stand as competitors, but there's really nothing like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G550 and G63 AMG SUVs.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you get a childlike smirk when you look at the tall, flat-sided, brutally utilitarian 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV, you'll probably love it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're expecting the big-sedan comfort offered by most modern SUVs, or any kind of normal driving experience, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is not for you.

What's New for 2013

Last year's dropping of the G55 AMG performance model suggested to many the end was near for Mercedes' beloved but quirky G-Class. But no. A facelift, new interior and a better-yet new G63 AMG hyperformance model shows the 2013 Mercedes G-Class is healthy as ever.

Driving the G-Class

Driving Impressions Like its predecessors, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G550 SUV is not exactly a corner carver. Its sheer bulk, its boxiness and tall center of gravity don't let the butch SUV turn...

on a dime, though the feel of its steering and brakes is refined and top-quality. And it is absolutely giggle-inducing quick in a straight line, especially the new-this-year G63 AMG model, with its quite mad 544 horsepower. Though few G-Wagens will ever see muddy trails or rocky paths, given their hefty prices, the 2013 G-Class is, in fact, a formidable off-road machine. In everyday highway and around-town driving the G-Class feels lighter and easier to manage than you may expect.

SCULPTED BUCKET SEATS
The seats in the Mercedes-Benz G550 and G63 AMG are excellent. They offer versatile adjustment options and a firm grip for the driver.

FLAT WINDOW GLASS
When you think about it, and look closely, and realize how central it is to the G-Class presence, and struggle to come up with any other vehicle that still has it, you realize the dead-flat, un-contoured window glass is what makes the G-Wagen look the way it does.

2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Details
Interior

A 6-figure price demands comfort, quality and modern conveniences inside, no matter what the outside looks like. The G-Class gets a thorough interior rework for 2013, with a new instrument panel, center console and seating surfaces. There is still a utilitarian air, with, for instance, the three individual differential-lock buttons proudly displayed front and center, but the materials and finish are luxury-car perfect. Features include the COMAND system with its rotary controller and LCD monitor, leather seats and sunroof. Headroom is, of course, practically unlimited but taller occupants may wish for more legroom.

Exterior

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV is one of the most immediately recognizable vehicles on or off the road, anywhere in the world. Its tall, narrow stance and dead-flat glass panes are utilitarian in the extreme, and Mercedes has evolved the look of the G-Wagen just enough to make it seem modern while still harkening back to its military roots. For 2013, the grille is new on the G550 and the G63 AMG is itself brand new, and features AMG-look grille and air intakes with wider fender flares and dark-finish 20-inch wheels. Every component of the G-Class screams "solidly built."

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G550 comes with 4-wheel drive, a 7-speed automatic transmission, three locking differentials, traction and electronic stability control, heated and ventilated power front seats, a rearview camera, and 18-inch wheels.

Optional Equipment

The G-Class is offered with no options, except for the choice of the up-power alternative model, the new-this-year G63 AMG. (Last year's Edition Select Package is gone.) The AMG model gets its own grille, lower air intakes, fender flares and wheels to go with its massive 544 horsepower.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G550 SUV has an impressive 388-horsepower 5.5-liter V8. Those who venture off-road will appreciate its gargantuan 391 lb-ft of torque, which is reached at a low 2,800 rpm. The G550 will accelerate from rest to 60 mph in about six seconds, which is amazing for such a heavy vehicle. But if you want to talk amazing, the new-for-2013 G63 AMG is over the top, with its 544 horsepower turning 0-60 times under 5.5 seconds. Both models use a 7-speed paddle-shifter automatic transmission and full-time 4-wheel drive, with 4-wheel traction control, a 2-speed transfer case and independently lockable center, rear and front differentials. Serious stuff.

5.5-liter V8
388 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
391 lb-ft torque @2,800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/15 mpg

5.5-liter turbocharged V8
544 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
560 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/14 mpg

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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 45 Ratings for the 2002 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best Ever

By on Friday, July 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "go any where, pull the boat, look"

Cons: "paint job"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the 3rd G-wagen I have: 1994, 2004, 2009 G55AMG. Total mileage I had on 1994 - 120000 mi, 2004 - 212000 mi and on 2009 now is about 100000 mi. Only minor problems. This is really one of the most reliable and fun to drive truck."

6 people out of 15 found this review helpful

I've kept my G longer than any other car

By on Thursday, July 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Performance, Style, Fun, Unique, great off-road"

Cons: "price, window regulators fail, ac weak in back"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have a 2002 G wagon that I am just now finally going to be allowed to be pried away from me in order to get a newer one. The vehicle is among the most fun and satisfying to drive of any I have ever owned (a dozen plus cars so far) and I have kept it longer. Why? - Go anywhere, anytime any weather confidence in a vehicle that is perfectly acceptable for business meetings as well - Feels different from any other car I've driven, more solid and capable, and decent handling and pickup considering that its a massive SUV weighing over $5K pounds - Overall quality and reliability has been excellent, I have 120K miles on it with nothing more than regular dealer maintenance, no major failures - More capable off road with stock rims and tires than my friend's "built" off road vehicles - Distinct from all the other cookie cutter SUV's out there and UNLIKE a new rover, Escladade or GL is actually a hard-core off road vehicle - one trip on rough road in the others will blow out your poncey air suspension (speaking from experience) CONS - Rear AC is mediocre - looks bigger outside than it is inside but still big enough, I'm a size 3xl - Window regulators are a weak spot and often break, not ok in a $100K car - the G's don't get the state of the art electronics that the S and GL class do - this is stupid on the part of Mercedes HOW TO BUY By a used one (ideally a lease return) from the Benz dealer that qualifies for "certified" status then pay for the extra FACTORY (not aftermarket) warranty that adds up to 3 years and UNLiMITED MILES to the originally warranty, this both saves you 30% on the price of a new one and gets you a perfect car with a better than new car warranty. I'm VERY picky about what I buy and Mercedes has beautiful lease return cars that have been driven gently all the time - the smartest option dollar for dollar on any MB car."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

My favorite vehicle so far

By on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great off road"

Cons: "lack of cup holders, needs more back seat room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great to drive, capable on any surface. I have the factory towing package and it pulls like my F350 when loaded below 7,000lbs. Great sound, great heritage rough but refined."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Awesome...

By on Monday, September 03, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "safe, fast, fun to drive"

Cons: "cup holders, keyless go not standard"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A cut above the rest. in a world where range rover is at every corner the G really stands out. It is a great car for the family and in the city. I feel comfortable knowing my 5 year old is riding in the back of this tank. i have S550 as well. The G is luxorious but not luxory especially if you have an S class Benz."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love my G500

By on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This truck is a monster that everyone looks at!"

Cons: "It gets a very robust 9 mpg!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my G500 last June. I love it. Maintenance is expensive, and so is the fuel, but if you can afford a G, you shouldn't complain. I will be a loyal G owner only trading up to a silver G55 :)"

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

This truck rules

By on Friday, September 02, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "amazing in every way"

Cons: "cant upgrade the stereo to have ipod interface without going 3rd party"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"What more can i say. I own a few other cars and i never want to drive any of them more than i do this truck. Not to mention how well it tore up the 5 ft of snow we had last winter. best vehicle ever."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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