• (4.7) 13 reviews
  • MSRP: $17,102$35,574
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 14-19
  • Engine: 210-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (diesel)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Our Take on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The GL-Class lineup consists of the diesel GL350 Bluetec, available in all 50 states, and the gas GL450 and GL550. All GLs seat seven people in three rows of seats. The GL competes with the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.Minimal changes for 2012 include standard LED daytime running lights and minor interior... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Lackluster low-end power (diesel)
  • Occasional clunk from transmission
  • Leather seats optional
  • Navigation system's keypad controls
  • Limited cargo room behind third row

Notable Features

  • Gas or diesel power
  • Seats seven
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard power folding third row
  • Standard Pre-Safe collision-protection system

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in April 2011 about the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Let's face it: If you're smitten by Mercedes' GL-Class full-size SUV, the recent run-up in prices at the pump p... Read full review for the 2012 Mercedes Benz GL Class

Consumer Reviews


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2012 Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec 4MATIC

by JENsFAM from Ontario, Canada on March 9, 2013

I bought this car looking for a 7/8 Passenger vehicle without sacrificing power nor fuel efficiency, and I gotta say that the GL350 is one of those to meet all my expectations. I shopped this with it... Read Full Review

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2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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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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