Road Test Verdict: 34,000 Miles in a 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC

Our friends at MotorTrend.com recently wrote about the verdict of their year-long road test of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC.  The magazine named the GL350 their SUV of the Year for 2013.  If you are mulling diesel power for your next SUV, this test should be of great value.

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The main takeaways?  Let’s hear from the tester:

Maintenance Costs:

In normal maintenance I rang up a grand total of $1467 in 35,000 miles. In the same time, $837 went for normal consumables consisting of front and rear brake pads. 

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Ride & Comfort:

On the upside, the GL was one of the best road-trippers we’ve ever had in the fleet. The active suspension, good steering, great seats, and spacious cabin made the miles melt away effortlessly. 

BlueTEC - Technical Illustration

Fuel Economy:

It’s also worth noting the diesel returned an average of 21.1 mpg over test period, but seeing 26 on road trips was the norm. On the rare occasion that the son and wife were asleep, the road empty and stars aligned, the GL could run for 600 miles on a single tank. It’s the little things that make you happy sometimes.

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Value:

Our GL as configured cost $88,615, which is still a steal given the amount of equipment and the overall quality of the SUV. Looking at 3-year residuals, the GL would retain 54 percent of its original price with a projected value of $47,852. That compares pretty favorably to the Infiniti QX56, which retained 52 percent of its purchase price. Let’s not talk about the Cayenne — it retained only 40 percent.

On the whole, the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC is a good buy.  Can anyone front me $110k?  I’m good for it….

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