With its rugged good looks and luxury appointments, the Mercedes GL450 provides both utility and comfort to its owners. With three rows of roomy seats, the ability to tow up to 7500 pounds, and great performance in all kinds of weather conditions, the GL450 looks to be high on the must-see list for families looking for an all-purpose full-size SUV that provides as much luxury as most high-end sedans.
Granted, with a sticker price that starts at $63,600, this SUV isn’t for every family. Yet with its sleek lines and an interior chock-full of high-end amenities, its appeal is seductive for those who have the money to plunk down on this car.
The Mercedes GL450 features a seven-inch infotainment screen fitted with Mercedes-Benz’ trademark COMAND operating system. This system links your smartphone with the infotainment device. You or your passengers can surf the ‘Net while you are en route. COMAND also gives drivers the ability to lock and unlock the car’s doors via smartphone.
Bluetooth connectivity comes standard, as does power third-row seats, a sunroof, an HD radio, and a power tailgate. Of course, leather seating and trim crafted from fine wood furnish the interior of even the base-price models, creating a rolling living room that exudes comfort for driver and passengers.
Flexible seating offers more options for families. Seats can fold and flip, allowing both second-row and third-row seats to be folded away to provide more room for cargo.
Available interior options include ventilated seats that can provide massages. Heated second-row seats are also available. Tech options include iPod connectivity, a navigation system, a push-button start, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, and your choice of two high-end audio systems, the Bang and Olufsen or the Harman/Kardon.
The Mercedes GL450 is powered by a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The combination puts out 369 pound-feet of torque and 362 horsepower, but only gets 17 miles to the gallon in the city and 21 on the open road.
Finally, like all of the carmaker’s offerings, the Mercedes GL450 is loaded with safety features. With a full set of air bags and stability control, as well as hefty Mercedes construction throughout, families can relax and enjoy the ride, even in trying conditions. Other safety features include a 360-degree camera, park assist or automatic parking, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitors, an adaptive radar cruise control feature, and collision prevention assistance.