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2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Sport Utility

4MATIC 4dr 5.5L AMG

Starting at | Starting at 11 MPG City - 15 MPG Highway

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2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Sport Utility

The 2009 G-Class is Mercedes-Benz' largest SUV, with 124 cubic feet of interior passenger space and 45 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The standard 5.5L V8 and available AMG-built supercharged 5.5L V8 engines endow the G-Class with an impressive 7,000-pound towing capacity, and also make the G-Wagen the most powerful SUV in the Mercedes-Benz stable. The G-Class upholds the Mercedes-Benz reputation of unmatched luxury, but it is also sturdy and capable enough to be a rugged off-road machine. Its military heritage and high build quality means it has a pedigree few of its luxury-oriented peers can compete with.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class undergoes minor changes. The G500 is replaced by a more powerful G550. The G55 AMG is also more powerful, now producing an impressive 500 horsepower. Both models get a refreshed look with a new 3-fin grille and light-alloy wheel design. Also, new for 2009, the Mercedes-Benz COMAND system integrates more high-tech features like: hard drive based navigation with search and send technology, MP3 and wireless Bluetooth capability as well as an in-dash SD memory card reader and HD radio.

Model Strengths

  • Impressive off-road aptitude
  • military-burly, yet luxurious
  • spacious interior.

Model Review

Known as a Gelandewagen (or cross-country vehicle) at home, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was originally built as a military vehicle. Offered for many years to European customers, Mercedes-Benz finally brought the vehicle to North America in 2002, and named it the G-Class. Appropriate to its military heritage, the G-Class continues to be built with heavy-duty truck-style suspension and axles for 2009. The solid front and rear axles, three locking differentials and rugged on/off road tires will appeal to fans of hard-core off-roading, which is where the G-Class shines brightest.

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Source: The Car Connection

To bring you this review of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, experts at TheCarConnection.com have searched the Web, gathering input and insight from many major reviews. Editors then present their own driving impressions--along with general advice on how the G-Class stands versus the competition--to help you make a smart choice.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class certainly stands out from the crowd; its design is based on military vehicles, with flat sides, a windshield that's nearly vertical, and a strikingly boxy shape. For 2009, buyers will see a new three-bar front grille and a chrome grille guard. G55 models have 18-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels, and top-of-the-line G55 AMGs get 19-inch five-spoke wheels (plus some chrome trim and exclusive badging).

Last year's G500 is replaced by the 2009 G550. It features a 382-horsepower engine with overhead-camshaft variable-valve-timing engine technology. The 5.5-liter, 500-hp G55 AMG (an upgrade for 2009 as well) uses V-8 power to push this ute's barn-door aerodynamics through the air. The engine in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G55 features a belt-driven Lysholm or screw-type supercharger, as well as a cooled intake-air intercooler that boosts acceleration and performance. A seven-speed automatic helps the less powerful version accelerate to 60 mph in about 8 seconds. The AMG version's high-torque five-speed automatic is slightly more brutish--and right in character. With it, the big V-8 achieves a dismal 11 mpg city, 13 highway, while the smaller V-8 manages 12/15 mpg. The G55 can go from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class offers the kind of extreme off-road capability that's proven useful for everyone from the Shah of Iran to Shaquille O'Neal--the kind that's heavy-duty functional and looks the part. An automatic four-wheel-drive system with electronic locking differentials and low-range gearing is standard. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class's top-heavy ride requires your full attention on-road; the tall profile is susceptible to crosswinds, and it tends to wander a good deal at speeds over 60 mph. You're going to need those hands too; it's not the type of vehicle in which you can multitask. Its gas pedal and steering are also firm and make you work, adding to the down-to-business feel.
There are, however, a lot of conveniences inside. Both G-Class models sport a rearview camera, a hands-free phone system, a navigation system, and multicontour power leather seats. A Bluetooth wireless interface and special-order paint and trim are optional, but there's no American-style DVD entertainment system (despite the high sticker price). New for 2009 is a COMAND system with a large color display screen, six-disc DVD/CD changer, and Bluetooth interface.

Anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution along with stability control are also standard in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, as are curtain airbags. The G55 gets upgraded brakes.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class doesn't deliver the typical luxury SUV driving experience, but it's a standout in its own right.

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Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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