Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

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Like its German rivals, Mercedes-Benz offers a wide selection of cars, crossovers and SUVs to fit seemingly every niche. With luxury brands fighting to get ahead in each segment of the market, every combination of body-type, engine size and price-point are available in some way or another.

Want a four-door sedan styled like a coupe? There’s one available. Want a coupe that has space and luxury appointments for four? They’ve got that too. Need a vehicle with space for seven and excellent fuel economy? Meet the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec.

The base-model in the GL range, the GL350 BlueTec ditches the wasteful V8 for a turbocharged diesel motor. At $63,000, it’s just $1,550 shy of the GL450, but earns 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, good for an improvement of six mpg combined over the thirsty GL450.

We drove it for a week, commuting through traffic during the week and family outings on the weekend to see if down-sizing is right-sizing, or if you should stick with the V8.