A romanitcized rendition of the 2013 MB GL. Image courtesy of MBUSA

New 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL wins Motor Trend SUV of the Year again


When the Mercedes-Benz GL was introduced in 2007, the first generation of the full size sport utility won the prestigious Motor Trend award, an achievement the second generation 2013 GL has repeated as the magazine’s SUV of the Year for 2013.

Built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the well-received GL was the first full-size SUV from Mercedes-Benz, called in the Motor Trend article “the best the luxury SUV class has ever seen.”

The second generation 2013 GL model lineup offers a choice of four engines depending on power needs that range from 240 to 550 horsepower.

On the economical side of luxury, the buyer can choose from the fuel-sipping GL350 BlueTEC turbodiesel providing 240 hp and 455 lb.-ft. of torque or the 362 hp GL450 with 406 lb.-ft. of raw power.

If performance is required, then Mercedes-Benz provides the 429 hp GL550 with 516 lb.-ft. or torque or the high-performance GL63 AMG with 550 draft horses with 560 lb.-ft. of pulling power. Both utilize new direct-injection biturbo V8 engines.

The full-size 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL is just one of four sport utilities in the Mercedes-Benz line, including the mid-size M-Class, the compact GLK and the highly respected G-Class.

"We're honored that the GL-Class has once again been awarded Motor Trend's Sport/Utility of the Year,” said Steve Cannon, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “From the very beginning, the GL-Class has been perfectly tuned to the needs of U.S. customers and those customers made the GL the segment-leading sales performer. Motor Trend's critical acclaim for the depth of its functionality together with the broadest powertrain offering in any full size SUV shows our commitment to delivering on our promise to our customers of the best or nothing."

Motor Trend has been analyzing and evaluating vehicles for its Sport/Utility of the Year Award since 1999. Eligible vehicles must be all new or significantly redesigned with a retail debut in the past 12 months. The magazine’s editorial staff puts 11 selected SUVs through standardized testing, to determine a rating for virtually every aspect of the vehicle.

“We had an extremely competitive field for Motor Trend's 2013 Sport/Utility of the Year," said Edward Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. "However, the Mercedes-Benz GL truly outshone the field and emerged as the clear winner by the end of our program. The goal of the award is to name the SUV that best meets our six criteria, and none of the new 2013 SUV or crossover models managed to do that better than the GL. Simply put, the Mercedes-Benz GL is an outstanding vehicle, and we're proud to name it our 2013 Sport/Utility of the Year.”

The process used to arrive at each year’s winner involves six criteria – advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and functional performance. A week is spent reviewing each vehicle, before Motor Trend selects the model best meeting their criteria.

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