Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec
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Performance Backs up the Numbers

On the road the GL350 performs as advertised, easily meeting the fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg combined, even in city driving and stop-and-go traffic. On the highway and settled into its seventh gear, it’s quiet and refined.

Much of that smoothness can be attributed to the airmatic suspension setup. Ride-height can be adjusted on the go, and there’s even an adjustable suspension which includes a comfort mode, which lets the GL to wallow smoothly over imperfections on the road. There’s also a tensed up sport mode which, when paired with the standard paddle shifters, gives the GL350 an extra sense of purpose.