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2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $63,925

Fair Purchase Price $58,184
Fair Market Range ($56,967 - $59,400)

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KBB Expert Rating 7.2 / 10
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KBB Editors' Overview

By Editors - Updated Date: 9/5/2013

If you want the biggest SUV built by Mercedes-Benz the 2014 GL-Class is it. Think of this 3-row, 7-seater as the S-Class of sport-utility vehicles, and you won't be far off. It's built with impeccable precision and structural integrity, is amazingly quiet, its suspension deals with any paved or non-paved surface you will likely encounter, and any one of its four available engines cranks out impressive power. The GL can tow a trailer up to 7,500 pounds and, with its generous ground clearance and sophisticated all-wheel drive, is even capable of moderate off-road trips. Add in the Mercedes-Benz reputation for exemplary fit and finish, plus safety features and occupant protection that are second to none, and the GL-Class stands in the very first rank of full-size sport-utility vehicles.

You'll Like This Car If...

You know who you are. You need to carry people, or their stuff, or both, and tow a trailer (or maybe you don't actually need to do any of that), but you do want the top of the pecking order in a full-size SUV. Welcome to the Mercedes-Benz 2014 GL-Class.

You May Not Like This Car If...

This is not a budget-friendly choice. You can own any number of perfectly suitable full-size SUVs for about half (or less) of the price of the GL. For the price of the GL550 or GL63 AMG, you could have a pretty nice family fleet.

What's New for 2014

As the GL-Class was completely redesigned just last year, the 2014 model has only the most minor of changes: some small packaging alterations and a few color and trim choices.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2014 GL-Class is certainly at the top of the full-size SUV category in its driving behavior with supremely capable ride and exceptional handling. While the GL is a big vehicle, it certainly doesn't feel ponderous, and it is at all times composed, quiet and confidence-inspiring. To find these characteristics in a full-size SUV is remarkable, indeed. The ride has been engineered to be comfortable rather than sporty but, for curvy roads, a "sport" mode firms up the steering feel. All the engines are strong, and the BlueTEC diesel V6 delivers noteworthy fuel economy. The turbocharged gasoline engines make more power, but they also use more fuel. The standard all-wheel drive (AWD) will get a grip in places where there are no roads but will be most appreciated for its ability to deal with the slippery surfaces that result from bad weather.

Favorite Features

With 240 horsepower and a mountainous 455 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0-liter BlueTEC V6 not only delivers plenty of power, it also is EPA-rated at 26 mpg on the highway. Add that it's smooth and quiet, and the diesel becomes the engine of choice for many GL owners.

With this optional feature, four cameras work together to create a virtual bird's-eye view of the GL-Class to make parking easier. This marks the first Mercedes vehicle to receive the high-tech system.

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