3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC

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4.5Excellent | Details

MPG

19 City / 26 Highway
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As far as crossovers go, your choices don’t get any bigger than the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. It’s a true full-size family hauler with room for seven adults and whatever they want to bring along. Opt for the BlueTEC with its turbo-diesel V6 and you also get exceptional efficiency for something so grand in scale.

What's New for 2014

Buyers have two new options to consider: a split-view dash display and heated and cooled cupholders.

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Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC

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Like every GL-Cass, the BlueTEC boasts standard all-wheel drive, luxurious interior appointments and 94 cubic feet of cargo space. The BlueTEC wins the mileage sweepstakes with its turbo-diesel 3-liter V6, which delivers 22 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Horsepower is relatively modest at 240, but you a get a very healthy 455 pound-feet of torque. All models carry a self-leveling air suspension and seven-speed automatic transmission.

Befitting its comfort and luxury mission, the BlueTEC comes loaded with goodies: a sunroof, wood interior trim, a power-folding third row, heated power front seats in premium vinyl or leather, Bluetooth phone and audio, HD radio, power rear quarter windows, LED exterior lighting, a power liftgate and a review camera. A panoramic sunroof and heated second-row seats are available as standalone options.

Most remaining features are bundled into packages:

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  • Premium: Adds power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, illuminated front door sills, heated and cooled cupholders, additional power functions plus memory for the driver seat, ambient interior lighting, a power telescoping steering wheel, voice controls, navigation, satellite radio and 10 gigs of audio storage.
  • Lighting: Equips the BlueTEC with full LED headlights and automatic high-beam control.
  • Parking Assist: Includes a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and an automated parallel parking system.
  • Lane Tracking: Adds active blind-spot and lane-keeping assists.
  • Driver Assistance: In addition to the above, you get adaptive cruise control with steering assist, cross-traffic assist, pedestrian detection and a collision mitigation system.

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CarsDirect Tip

As you might expect, the GL350 BlueTEC isn’t as quick as your average luxury crossover, but its fuel efficiency is downright stellar for such a large and capable vehicle. We’re willing to bet that most buyers will be perfectly happy with the tradeoff.

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