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2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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$22,794 — $71,958 USED
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Sport Utility
7 Seats
15-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 6 reviews

The Good

  • Third-row space and accessibility
  • Interior quality, amenities

The Bad

  • Leather upholstery not standard
  • V-8 gas mileage
2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • Four engine choices
  • 550-hp AMG version
  • Four-wheel drive standard
  • Seats seven

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Vehicle Overview

The seven-seat GL-Class SUV has standard all-wheel drive, three rows of seats and four available engines: two turbocharged V-8s, a turbo-diesel V-6 or a turbocharged gas V-6. As with other Mercedes models, the top-shelf version of the GL-Class is a performance-oriented AMG edition, the GL63 AMG. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570.

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New for 2016
Owners will receive five years of free basic mbrace Connect communication service.
Significant Standard Features

  • 240-horsepower, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine (GL350 Bluetec)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Air suspension
  • Power sunroof
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Power liftgate
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 362-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 (GL450)
  • 429-hp, twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 (GL550)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Heated/cooled front cupholders
  • Adaptive suspension

GL63 AMG
The GL63 AMG packs big power into a big SUV: 550 hp from a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine that works with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
What's Special

  • 550-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8
  • All-wheel drive splits 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels and 40 percent to the front
  • Active suspension
  • ...
Vehicle Overview

The seven-seat GL-Class SUV has standard all-wheel drive, three rows of seats and four available engines: two turbocharged V-8s, a turbo-diesel V-6 or a turbocharged gas V-6. As with other Mercedes models, the top-shelf version of the GL-Class is a performance-oriented AMG edition, the GL63 AMG. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570.

(Skip to details on the: GL63 AMG)
New for 2016
Owners will receive five years of free basic mbrace Connect communication service.
Significant Standard Features

  • 240-horsepower, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine (GL350 Bluetec)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Air suspension
  • Power sunroof
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Power liftgate
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 362-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 (GL450)
  • 429-hp, twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 (GL550)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Heated/cooled front cupholders
  • Adaptive suspension

GL63 AMG
The GL63 AMG packs big power into a big SUV: 550 hp from a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine that works with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
What's Special

  • 550-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8
  • All-wheel drive splits 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels and 40 percent to the front
  • Active suspension
  • Widened fenders that fit 21-inch wheels
  • Automated parking

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(5.0)

Nothing like a Benz, for sure!

by JKorinek from Cherokee on October 27, 2018

What’s to say’ The best is just the best. My wife, GL550; mine the S Class. We have owned 4 and now looking to trade up for our fifth. Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car. My second gl450

by Sunny from Richmond TX on August 27, 2018

The ride is great compared to other cars. we love it. It is so comfortable, quite, no road noise and great to drive. Has plenty of leg room all 3 rows. This is one of the finest SUV's available. This ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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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 GL-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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