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2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Sport Utility

4MATIC 4dr 3.0L BlueTEC

Starting at | Starting at 17 MPG City - 23 MPG Highway

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  • $58,200 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Sport Utility

The GL series comes in three trim levels: the GL320 with the BlueTEC V6 diesel engine; the GL450 with a 4.6L V8; and the GL550 with a 5.5L V8 with appearance touches such as 21' AMG alloy wheels and a huge Mercedes-Benz medallion on the grille. Each model has 4-wheel drive, a 7,500-lb towing capacity, a 7-speed transmission, and the PRE-SAFE system.

What's new for 2009?

Mercedes-Benz upgraded last year's CDI diesel engine to the GL320 BlueTEC V6 diesel, which scrubs the emissions as well as delivering better fuel economy. All three GL versions get Mercedes-Benz' PRE-SAFE system, which anticipates collisions and takes steps to protect the passenger.

Model Strengths

  • Full-size, 7-passenger luxury SUV
  • new BlueTEC diesel engine for better mileage and 50-state emissions compliance
  • bigger on the inside than it seems from the outside

Model Review

The GL-Class came to be in 2007 in the form of the GL450, and was based on the decades-old squared-off G-Class SUV. The GL-Class has most of the off-road capabilities of the military-style G-wagon, plus third-row seating, more creature comforts, and 500 more pounds of towing capability. The GL-Class has grown from one model to three, including an ultra-luxury edition and a low-emissions diesel.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com has driven the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and brings you an expert opinion here in this Bottom Line. TheCarConnection.com has also read reviews on the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class to bring you the most useful observations and highlights.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was introduced in 2007 as an upscale SUV with surprising off-road capabilities, a luxurious interior, fresh styling, and three-row seating--all for an equally remarkable price tag.

Joining the gasoline-powered GL450 and GL550 models for 2009 is the new GL320 featuring the German manufacturer's BlueTec clean-diesel engine. The BlueTec engine, in conjunction with the new AdBlue exhaust treatment system, meets emission standards in all 50 states. The BlueTec engine gets 20 to 30 percent better fuel economy than its gas-powered counterpart and with ample torque for tow capability that's actually better than that of the V-8s. The 2009 GL320 diesel can run upward of 600 miles on a tank, securely devouring interstate at impressive rates in virtually any weather.

The turbocharged 3.0-liter direct-injected diesel produces 210 horsepower, and the starter V-8 is a 4.7-liter, with 335 hp and 13/18 mpg fuel economy. Next up is the 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 in the GL550. It delivers a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 7.4 seconds and fuel economy of 13/17 mpg. A seven-speed automatic is standard across the board.

In terms of off-road gear, the GL has standard four-wheel drive, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and a load-leveling suspension system. It can be ordered with an Off-Road package that includes a Class IV hitch, adaptive-damping suspension system, underbody skid plates, and locking differentials. Its maximum tow rating is 7,500 pounds. Handling is very well balanced in this full-size sport-utility vehicle. The air suspension is damped with ride comfort in mind, but the Mercedes-Benz GL still steers with precision and has strong brakes. A little less rocking motion side to side would improve on the good on- and off-road manners.

The tailored cabin has front-row seats with loads of foot and shoulder room. Adults will be comfortable in the second row--and even the third row, which folds itself out of sight at the touch of a button.

In regard to safety, the 2009 GL-Class provides as standard equipment active headrests designed to limit potential injuries from whiplash, first- and second row-side-impact and full-row curtain airbags, stability control, and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist. Pre-Safe, a safety system that senses collisions before they happen, is also now a standard feature on GL-Class models.

2009 GL-Class features include a power rear tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, multizone climate control, a DVD navigation system, a DVD rear-seat entertainment system, 19-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, and an upgraded surround-sound audio system. All three 2009 GL-Class models receive a new-for-2009 COMAND system featuring a large 6.5-inch display screen with a standard in-dash, six-disc CD/DVD changer and a Bluetooth interface.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is expensive, but it's very capable and family-friendly with lots of room, power, and safety equipment.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Std
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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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