Motor Trend’s long term test of the GL450 has come to an end and it sounds like it will definitely be missed. After they named the GL as their 2007 Sport Utility of the Year they put a GL450 into daily service to see how it would perform.
“One of the elements that elevated the GL to SUOTY-winning levels is its useable rear seat. There’s room back there for real adults, not just 50th percentilers.”
“Part of the credit goes to the superb seven-speed automatic transmission, which offers a ratio for every occasion without hunting. This powertrain combo drew universal praise from the staff as quiet, smooth, and powerful.”
“The GL’s adjustable airbag suspension is a thing of wonder. Damping can be set to your choice of Sport, Comfort, or self-adjusting between the two. Most preferred the Sport setting, as the GL just handles better that way.”
“Like Sinatra sang, “It was a very good year” for the Mercedes-Benz GL450. It was always on the move, demonstrated a ton of capability in many areas, and proved no hassle in terms of reliability. Even after the chance to discover its every foible-and there aren’t many-we were pleased with the GL450′s long-term test and that we chose it as a Sport/Utility of the Year winner.”