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6.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 4.3
Safety: N/A
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2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class gets poor fuel economy and test drivers disliked its unwieldy handling, but were impressed with its blistering acceleration and great off-road capability.

Pros & Cons

  • Good off-road capability
  • Strong acceleration
  • Clumsy handling
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Poor ride quality on rough roads

2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

Test drivers thought the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G550’s V8 engine has ample power and provides authoritative acceleration. The G63 AMG has a more powerful twin-turbocharged V8, and reviewers said this model is incredibly fast. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. The G550 is rated at an EPA-estimated 12/15 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. According to reviewers, the G-Class is uncomfortable over rough roads and feels heavy going down the highway. Many also added that its handling is ponderous and its steering feels imprecise. The G-Class comes with a full-time four-wheel drive system, and reviewers said that the G-Class travels through muddy, rutted roads and over rocky trails with ease.

Unlike most SUVs in the class, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class seats five. It comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. Some reviewers said that the G-Class’ seats are comfortable and offer a commanding view of the road, but others were surprised that there isn't more legroom in the front and rear seats. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon stereo system, Bluetooth, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system with an iPod interface. Some reviewers commented that the COMAND interface is straightforward, but found that the display screen is a bit small and the navigation system doesn't label streets very clearly. The G-Class has 79.5 cubic feet of overall cargo space, which is less space than what most SUVs in the class have, though most of these rivals are larger and have three rows of seats. Some critics found that the G-Class’ side-mounted cargo door is heavy and can make accessing the cargo hold more difficult than with a top-hinged liftgate.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers said the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is incredibly capable off-road and they liked its Terrain Response System for the way it adjusts vehicle settings to different types of terrain. They liked its elegant cabin and powerful engines as well.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class impressed reviewers with its comfortable ride, composed handling and powerful engines. The GL-Class also uses quite a bit less fuel economy than the G-Class.

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