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“We just finished our second quarter with the GL and put almost 7,400 more miles on it. The truck is clearly a keeper.”
“Through the first two quarters, all-day comfort has been unparalleled. For those with aging hips and backs, its seat heaters are therapeutic. It can run with everything else on the road and deliver a genuine 22 miles to the gallon, at speed and loaded to the hilt.”
“Road manners remain superb, now with more than 15,000 miles on the ticker. Creature comforts are first-rate for all aboard. In fact, one staffer said it’s almost wrong to classify it a truck: “Its amenities are limo-licious for airport runs or interstate jaunts.” The rear seats rake, and there are rear environmental controls so that the A/C up front need not affect those being chauffeured. Rear-headrest video screens can keep kids of all ages quiet, and the setup features cupholders aplenty, too.”
“At this mileage pace, the GL350 Bluetec is right up there with our long-term fleet’s mileage leaders. Though in denial, we do realize it will leave us eventually. What a sad prospect. Ol’ “Blue” has become a friend, a confidant, a trusted soul. It hasn’t disappointed us when asked to do something with and for us. We will miss it terribly when it’s no longer in the garage. Good thing we have two quarters to go.”
“The truth is that while there is a price premium (roughly $5,300 on average) associated with the initial purchase cost of diesel vehicles, they typically get 30% better gas mileage and flaunt superior torque numbers and reliability ratings. The automotive analysis firm Vincentric estimates that driving a diesel car will save $2,117 in fuel costs over one year assuming annual rate of 15,000 miles.”
“But the purchase of something special, like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Diesel, is financially justifiable based on the total cost of ownership: the GL350 Diesel costs $8,315 less to own than its GL350 cousin.” (I think they mean GL450 cousin)
Read the full article online at Forbes.com
Mike really loved his 2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI that he bought as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle in 2007…
It was a fantastic vehicle for his long commute and frequent travel. In the 6 years he owned it he put on about 210,000 miles and really enjoyed the fuel economy. In fact, over the last 40,000 miles he was averaging almost 33 mpg in mixed driving! That is excellent considering the car was rated at 23 City and 33 Highway by the EPA.
But, it was time to make a change and the all-new 2014 E250 Bluetec was calling his name! Now, this one is rated at 28 City and 45 Highway by the EPA. I can hardly wait to see what he gets in the real world!
Here’s to another quarter of a million miles! Thanks Mike!
Do you see that?! The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 has been at the port waiting to get EPA certified and it was worth the wait! Our first shipment of four E250’s has arrived with these gorgeous numbers in the window! 45 mpg on the highway will get you about 950 miles on a single tank! Even at the average of 34 mpg a 21.1 gallon tank will go 717 miles before filling up!
Do you see your new car in this line-up? How much would you save with an average of 34 mpg in your luxury car? Bluetec is clearly the way to go for a greener driving experience!
The University of Michigan released a study this week, Total Cost of Ownership: A Gas Versus Diesel Comparison, that shows diesel vehicles can save thousands of dollars over just 3-5 years! As a diesel fan I am always in the mood of good diesel news!
From the press release:
“In the luxury segment, all the diesel versions of the Mercedes-Benz E Class ($4,175), Mercedes-Benz GL Class ($13,514), Mercedes-Benz M Class ($3,063), Mercedes-Benz R Class ($5,951) and VW Touareg ($7,819) save owners money in the three year timeframe.”
“Fuel Costs: All of the diesel vehicles had lower fuel costs than all the gas versions of comparable vehicles, with 11 of the 12 vehicles showing double digit reductions in fuel costs, ranging from 10 to 29 percent.”
“Nine of the 10 diesel vehicles hold their value better than comparable gas vehicles over the five year timeframe, with five vehicles showing double digit percentage savings ranging from 10 percent up to 39 percent.”
Read the full study on the Diesel Forums here.
Everyone is reviewing the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec right now! It is a great combination of efficiency, power and good looks. Here is a roundup:
My First GLK250 Bluetec Owner
“I did not expect to be this impressed! I knew I would like it…but this is even better than I hoped for!”
“After two hours on some of southern Michigan’s twisting rural roads the car topped 35 miles per gallon.”
“The engine is so refined and insulated from the cabin that it’s hard to detect any “dieselness.” Brakes are responsive, the steering steady and sure, the body control good. Nothing seems to upset the serenity of the driving experience, much like the unwavering steadiness of its big brother GL.”
“Moving the GLK250 Bluetec at a fairly snappy pace is a new 2.1-liter, four-cylinder twin-turbodiesel mated to Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic transmission. The package delivers 200 horsepower and an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque and Mercedes estimates 0-60 acceleration at 7.9 seconds.”
“The sophistication of the GLK’s ride and handling are impressive. The GLK handled southeast Michigan’s moonscape roads with amazing smoothness, damping out the majority of the cratered surfaces even at higher speeds.”
“The advantages of diesel engines are numerous, and most American drivers have no clue about the upsides. Such power-plants are more efficient than standard engines, improving mileage and overall energy output. They’re more reliable because they don’t need a high powered electrical ignition system. They run cooler, cleaner and longer – all while being easier to supercharge.”
“The GLK250 BlueTEC 4Matic starts at $38,590, which falls in the middle of the $37,090 GLK350 and $39,090 GLK350 4Matic. Our fully optioned tester rang in at $50,485, and before you guffaw, know that an Audi Q5 Hybrid starts at $50,900 – that’s without a single option box ticked.”
“Please come drive the GLK250 yourself if you have doubts. It is amazing! I love it!”
The 2013 GLK250 Bluetec has been listed in our order banks with a base price of $99,999 for months now. Those 9’s are really just a place holder until there is actual pricing to fill in. Today the GLK250s have real prices!
Base MSRP $38,590 plus $905 Destination and Delivery
There is no official release date yet but we are hoping to see them at the dealerships by early May.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec will be out first 4-cylinder diesel when it is released this spring! Details have just been published in the Future Models section at MBUSA.com.
“…We recently spent a few weeks with both cars to find out which green machine does the better job of combining fuel-sipping efficiency with the sky-high levels of refinement expected in an S-Class.”
“Diesel-powered Benzes have come a long way since then, and the S350 Bluetec is a fine example. Its turbocharged V-6 is completely modern and clean-burning, sending 240 hp and a whopping 450 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic and Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.”
“According to our data, the S350 and S400 are tied in almost every test evaluation.”
“Around town, the hybrid feels plenty strong, and its stop-start system is one of the smoothest applications we’ve experienced.”
“The Bluetec, however, has already proven how well it shines out on the open highway. Last summer, editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie drove an S350 from L.A to San Francisco and averaged 29.2 mpg on the 913-mile trip.”
Find out who wins and read the full review at Motor Trend online.
Mercedes-Benz USA has just opened the order banks for the 2013 GLK250 Bluetec 4Matic! This will be the 2.2 litre Turbocharged inline 4 cylinder engine making 190 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque! Based on the information I have at this time the options and packages are similar to the 2013 GLK350s. No pricing yet. The expected release date is in February. Order now and be the first on your block with a Mercedes-Benz 4 cylinder diesel!