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

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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


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