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2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

$54,576 — $68,448 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
13 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(3.8) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Distinctiveness
  • Construction quality
  • German engineering
  • Rugged personality

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Unwieldy handling
  • Cabin noise

What to Know

about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • Standard DVD navigation system, bi-xenon headlights
  • Serious off-road capability
  • Standard Mbrace telematics system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.


Exterior
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

Interior
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


Safety
Standard safety features include:

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


Exterior
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

Interior
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


Safety
Standard safety features include:

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.8
5 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(3.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

Its my best car .very comfortable .. its like you

by Mahmoud badran from Bridgeview.il on August 24, 2017

This is exactly what i need i drove the car its very clean like a brand new smooth and strong its was my first choice I knew i will take it thank you guys Read full review

(3.0)

Good Car

by bilal on March 16, 2016

Given the age of the design I guess the G is a good car. Overpriced yes, but nothing beats that growl. The interior is dated and could do with 2012 touches. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The G-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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