2010 mercedes gl 450 review
The Mercedes GL-Class is a full-size SUV with a surprisingly car-like driving experience. It's based on a traditional body-on-frame design (as is the G-Class), but it employs a unibody architecture that results in a much more car-like ride and handling. It's also more capable off road than many other heavyweight off-roaders.
It's also very well-equipped and comfortable inside. The GL has a spacious cabin that's more than enough for seven people, with ample headroom and legroom in all three rows of seats. It has a power-folding third row that folds out of sight when not in use, increasing cargo capacity and eliminating any major gaps in the load floor.
Fuel economy with the GL350 BlueTEC diesel engine is impressive, achieving an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway. The GL450 and GL550 each offer a 4.6-liter gasoline V8, which delivers 335 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The GL550 also offers an Off-Road package that includes underbody skid plates and locking differentials.
The GL450 comes standard with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The GL550, which starts at $81,300, offers additional luxury features such as leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system, xenon headlights and Harman Kardon audio.
Performance is a strong point in the 2010 GL450's favor, and it comes backed by a sophisticated suspension that works well for towing, yet feels remarkably responsive on the street. The GL450's four-valve, V8 produces 335 horsepower and 339 pound-feet when mated to a seven-speed automatic.