Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

Technology Available, but Pricey

While the GL350 is available with just about every technology add-on available to the rest of the GL range, each option bumps up the price. The numbers aren’t huge by themselves, but they add up.

Mercedes uses a clever adaptive lighting system that sees into turns and enables high-beam functions automatically. Sadly such an excellent safety system is a $1,390 option. Other safety and convenience features reach just as far into your wallet, like the driver assistance package, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and blind-spot monitoring, for an eye-watering $2,800, while parking technology that includes a surround-view camera (a nice feature to have on a big SUV) costs an extra $1,290.

Other interior features that make a luxury car worthy of a luxury badge are equally pricey. Three-zone climate control costs $1,450, while adding heated seats to the second row bumps up the price another $620. While the GL350 is the cheapest model in the range, choosing a few nice additions will quickly bump the price out of bargain territory.


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