2013 Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTec (Diesel) AWD: A High-Dollar, Fuel-Sipping, Luxurious Road Warrior

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  • Highlights: According to fueleconomy.gov, drivers should be able to achieve upwards of 523 miles on one tank of diesel fuel in the newly restyled GL.

    And although this vehicle has a strong German heritage, the GL is produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    Test vehicle’s MSRP: $99,840 (Before Options, $63,305)

    Seating Capacity: 7 occupants

    Standard Safety Features: Airbags (drive, window, knee and side); Collision Prevention Assistance; ABS; Anti-theft alarm with engine mobilizer; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System

    Standard Equipment: 19-inch wheels; all-wheel drive configuration; power sunroof; dual zone climate control; heated power front seats; power folding third row seats; a rearview camera; a power liftgate; a push-button keyless starter; rain-sensing windshield wipers; automatic headlamps; and LED running lamps

    Standard Audio: an 8-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with HD radio and a 6-disc CD player

    Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles

    Powertrain Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles

    Towing Capability: 7,500 lbs

    Bluetooth Compatibility: Standard

    MP3 Capability: Optional

    ipod Capability: Optional

    Standard Engine/Horsepower: 3.5- liter, 6-cylinder, 240-horsepower

    Standard Fuel Mileage: 19-city/26-hwy

    Other GL Models:

    GL 450, 8-cylinder 362-horsepower
    GL 550, 8-cylinder 429-horsepower
    GL 63,8-cylinder 550-horespower (AMG Package)

    What’s New: The second-generation GL has been redesigned for the 2013 model year. The luxurious 2013 model is wider, longer and taller than the previous generation. With the new design, Mercedes-Benz has added a number of new features. The features range from an electrically-assisted steering to a dual roof to a 360-degree surround back-up camera to two new direct-injection bi-turbo eight-cylinder engines.

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