2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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8 reviews
Available Price Range $16,098-$33,982 Trims3 Combined MPG 14-20 Seats 7

Our Take on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Our Take

The GL-Class lineup consists of the diesel GL350 Bluetec (formerly the GL320) and the gas GL450 and GL550. All GLs seat seven people in three rows of seats. The GL competes with the Acura MDX and B... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Poor reliability
  • Occasional accelerator lag
  • Brittle ride with 21-inch wheels
  • Less cargo room than some competitors
  • Price

Notable Features

  • Gasoline-powered GL450 and GL550
  • Diesel-powered GL350
  • Standard Pre-Safe system
  • Seats seven
  • Standard AWD
  • Minor restyling for GL350 and GL450


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in November 2008 about the 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2010, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.With a 23-mpg diesel version now available in all 50 states, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a more viable option for SUV-needing f... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

Based on 8 reviews

Overly impressed

by Outdoor Dad from Bay Area, CA on August 5, 2010

We were looking for a 7 seater SUV. One of our top priorities is seating comfort and ease of getting in and out of the third row seats. From our painstaking research, the GL is on top of our short lis... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


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

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Warranties Explained


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.


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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