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2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

$123,600 — $227,300 MSRP
SUV
5 Seats
11-13 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Distinctiveness
  • Visibility
  • Off-road capability
  • Power
  • Attractive dashboard

The Bad

  • Ungainly handling
  • Clumsy ride
  • Road noise
  • Seating position
  • Interior space
2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • G550 4x4 Squared model available
  • 621-hp V-12 AMG G65 available
  • Permanent four-wheel drive
  • Five-seat SUV

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

New for 2018

A Red and Black Edition of the G550 is available.

AMG G63/G65
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.

What's Special

  • 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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)

Most "Solid" and "Comfortable" vehicle driven

by "Young Tim" from Connecticut on February 13, 2018

This is the most comfortable and secure four wheel drive vehicle I've ever driven. Yes it is "Pricey" but it's worth every penny. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has not been tested.

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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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