Quiet and "capable" are the two best words to describe the
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Though the vehicle is quite large, it does not feel that way...
... on the road. The GL's turning radius is relatively compact, which makes parking easier. The GL-Class is an exceptionally quiet, comfortable and composed vehicle. These characteristics are laudable in a
sedan, never mind a 3-row SUV. Road tendencies favor the cushy vs. the dynamic, though a "sport" mode can be put to good use on twisty roads to firm up steering feel. The BlueTEC V6 diesel engine in GL350 models feels like a traditional V8 on the highway, but suffers from turbo lag when floored from a standstill. The turbocharged gasoline V8 engines in the GL450 and GL550 make this SUV quick but are much less fuel-efficient than the diesel. The GL's standard all-wheel drive (AWD) easily tackles dirt roads and offers good grip in inclement weather.