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2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

184.5” x 76.0”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Distinctiveness
  • Construction quality
  • German engineering
  • Rugged personality

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Unwieldy handling
  • Cabin noise

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • G 550 4MATIC

  • G 550


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Notable features

  • Standard DVD navigation system, bi-xenon headlights
  • Serious off-road capability
  • Standard Mbrace telematics system

2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its M-Class SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core off-road machine that comfortably seats five people across two rows. It competes with the Land Rover Range Rover.

New for 2012
A new Edition Select Package offers a few interior and exterior upgrades including side exhaust pipes and silver-colored wheels.

This distinctive SUV’s boxy appearance is somewhat softened by body-colored bumpers and rocker panels, plus a stainless steel spare-tire cover. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch twin five-spoke wheels
  • Spare wheel cover
  • Body-colored door handles

Leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut or maple wood trim. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, power windows and locks, DVD navigation, power front seats with three-position memory, and rear parking assistance. Interior features include:

  • Standard “mbrace” telematics system
  • Rear-passenger reading lamps
  • Optional HD radio and real-time traffic info
  • Ambient lighting is standard
  • Leather dashboard

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • There is one engine and transmission combo for the 382-horsepower V-8 that makes 391 pounds-feet of torque
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard four-wheel drive

Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side curtain airbags

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.8
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews


Most eye catching luxury car

I get more compliments on my car than anything else . The valets always park it out front . It’s powerful engine makes sure everyone knows you are coming . It’s beautiful inside and out . It’s designed for upkeep , you can’t let the car go without maintenance.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Mercedes Benz of FIfe- Gold Plated 5 Stars!

Was shopping for a pre-owned G550 "Pedigree".... local owner(s) dealer serviced and well cared for. I would check the local Mercedes Benz Dealers inventory daily but the nice ones, always sold immediately. Mercedes-Benz of Fife took one in on trade, a 2012 G550 Black w/Designo. Paid asking price...they completely serviced,detailed and delivered it off the Showroom Floor! What a class act! KUDOS to Cathy Hodges our Sales Associate and Brandon Kindle GM!

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Having fun
  • Does recommend this car
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A truck for any situation

Love my G-wagen. Extremely reliable, gas mileage in the real world isn't as bad as reported. Can absolutely go anywhere. Nice and nimble, fits in normal parking spaces that challenge Ford pickup and Chevy SUV owners. A hand built in Austria military vehicle!!

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Having fun
  • Does recommend this car
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
-12 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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