Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes Benz GL Class 2012

In the world of full-size SUVs, Mercedes-Benz has made a name for themselves by offering unrivaled luxury in a field where the size of the engine is often the most important metric. While the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class definitely has something under the hood, it also offers so much more.

Key Features

The rear-view camera on this large SUV is going to make it much easier to control the GL Class. Whether it’s backing out of your driveway or trying to parallel park, this feature is a game changer.

Its Adaptive Damping System will also provide plenty of peace of mind as it works to keep the wheels of this SUV firmly planted on the road. The technology is able to adjust the settings on the shock absorbers an incredible 20 times a second. This helps give the 5,000-pound vehicle the feel that it’s a much smaller sedan.

We also liked the available BlueTEC clean diesel engine. It makes 600 miles possible on just one tank of gas, yet still meets every emissions requirement. Changes for 2012

Some minor changes were made to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class’ interior. Directional lines were also added to the vehicle’s rearview camera.

What We Like

We loved that this vehicle brought a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds to the table. At the same time, if you’re more interested in fuel efficiency, there’s the GL350 Blue TEC model which runs on diesel and is good competition for a lot of hybrids.

Mercedes-Benz spared no expense at designing the front seats. They can be adjusted eight different ways, plus there’s a lumbar support that can be moved four ways as well.

What Concerns Us

A lot of people should probably just go with the more affordable ML-Class SUV. Unless you absolutely must have the three rows provided by the Mercedes-Benz GL, the midsize SUV is going to be a much better choice.

Available Models

While there are three different styles available, there is only one model of Mercedes-Benz GL Class. However, you do have three engine types to choose from, with the 5.5-liter V8 producing 382 horsepower.

Major Recalls

There have been no major recalls issued for this SUV.

Common Issues

Some people have reported not being particularly impressed by the diesel engine, citing low-end power as the culprit.There’s also the fact that, despite its price tag, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class doesn’t come with leather standard.

Mercedes Benz GL Class 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


More related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...

Related questions

Q: Advice on buying a 2001 Honda Civic

Well, 3,000 is a reasonable amount of money for a car that's had over 140,000 miles, but if he really has proof that it has a new timing belt, a water pump, and that it runs and drives great, well...

Q: Car labeled gross polluter

The carburetor may need to be adjusted while the gas analyzer is monitoring the levels. If the adjusting does not fix the problem, then the converter may be defective and need to be replaced. I recommend that you have a...

Q: What engine control module comes in a Mercedes Benz C200 1995 model 2L petrol engine?

Hi, thanks for writing in. This is the kind of question that would best be handled either by a dealerships parts department that specializes in your particular vehicle. We simply don't have the resources necessary to compare all of the...