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2010 Mercedes-Benz GL550 Review
The 2010 Mercedes Benz GL gets positive performance reviewers. Reviewers like the way the large SUV drivers like a much smaller vehicle, while still maintaining good off-road abilities. This is in large part thanks to its unibody construction, instead of the body-on-frame construction that is typically used in most large SUVs and trucks. Ride comfort, that befits a luxury SUV, also puts the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class ahead of some competitors, thanks to standard all-wheel drive, an independent rear suspension, and features such as electronic stability control.

Acceleration and Power
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has three available engines. The base GL450 is powered by a 4.6-liter, 335-horsepower V8. The GL320 CDI is powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine that makes 215 horsepower. The GL550 gets a powerful 5.5-liter V8 that makes 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission provides very smooth acceleration in all models, according to most reviewers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the GL550 is expected to net 13 miles per gallon in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. The GL450 trim provides 13/18 city/highway. But buyers hoping to lessen any guilt over buying such a vehicle might consider opting for the diesel-powered GL320 CDI, which provides much better mileage — 18/24 mpg city/highway.

Handling and Braking
Most reviews say that the Mercedes GL Class offers above-average handling, but lacks road feel. The GL450 uses an independent rear suspension system for both the front and rear wheels as well as a four-wheel air suspension system which automatically adjusts for road conditions, and which can also manually raise or lower the car’s chassis for those venturing off-road. Reviews say this suspension system does a very good job at providing a comfortable ride. Braking is provided by vented disc brakes, which are supplemented by a four-wheel traction system, which monitors the speed of all wheels for slip, and applies brakes individually as needed. Anti-lock brakes are standard.