What it is: Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its GLE-Class SUV, but the iconic G-Class is a hard-core off-road machine that seats five people across two rows. The G-Class was Mercedes' first SUV, and it competes with the Land Rover Range Rover and Toyota Land Cruiser. The G550 uses a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 416 horsepower. High-performance AMG variants are also available. A redesigned G-Class arrives for the 2019 model year.
Mercedes offers high-performance versions of the G-Class in the form of the AMG G63 and AMG G65. Both models feature twin-turbocharged engines — the G63 a V-8 and the G65 a V-12 — that are hand-built. Both include a sport exhaust system, high-performance brakes and unique styling cues.
- 563-hp, turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine (G63)
- 621-hp, turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 (G65)
- Seven-speed automatic transmission
- Unique grille design
- Red brake calipers
- Side exhaust pipes