• Available Prices: $46,945–$66,121
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 13
  • Engine: 500-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

What We Don't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Unwieldy handling
  • Cabin noise

Notable Features

  • New grille with grille guard
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • More powerful G55 AMG
  • Standard DVD navigation, bi-xenon headlights
  • Serious offroad capability

2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Reviews

Vehicle Overview
For 2009, Mercedes-Benz has replaced the G500--a former military vehicle--with the 382-horsepower G550. It also boosted the G55 AMG's supercharged engine to 500 hp. Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its M-Class SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core offroad machine that comfortably seats five people. Competitors include the Hummer H2 and Land Rover Range Rover.

What's new for 2009
More-powerful G55 AMG version and new grille with grille guard.

Exterior
This distinctive SUV's strictly utilitarian appearance is somewhat softened by body-colored bumpers and rocker panels and a stainless steel spare-tire cover. At 185.6 inches long overall on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the G-Class is 3 inches shorter than the 2006 M-Class, but it stands 6.3 inches taller.

  • New grille with grille guard
  • New 18-inch five-twin-spoke wheels on G550
  • New 19-inch five-spoke wheels on G55 AMG


Interior
Leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut or maple wood trim. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, power windows and locks, DVD navigation, 10-way power front seats with three-position memory, and rear parking assistance.
  • New multimedia head unit with advanced audio and video controls and features
  • Alcantara leather headliner in G55 AMG
  • Rear-passenger reading lamps
  • Optional HD radio and Sirius Real-Time Traffic


Under the Hood
Depending on the model, there are two engine options that can be teamed with a five- or seven-speed automatic transmission.
  • G550's V-8 produces 382 hp and 391 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a seven-speed automatic
  • G55 AMG's supercharged V-8 has been boosted to produce 500 hp and is teamed with a five-speed automatic


Safety
A variety of safety features are standard, including:
  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side curtain airbags


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2 Trims Available

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2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

unlimitedmo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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