Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

5. Third Row Passengers, Rejoice!

Often an under-appreciated citizen, the third-row passenger is completely taken care of in the GL350. Access to the third-row is easy thanks to an assisted function that lifts the second row out of the way, and once the headrests are up and in place, the third row passengers will appreciate the plentiful head and legroom offered. The Benz easily trumps competitors and offers far more space in the third row than the Lexus LX570 and Audi Q7.

When the third row isn’t in use, it can be folded flat thanks to a one-touch-button, expanding the cargo space to 49.4 cu-ft and all the way to 93.8 cu-ft with the second row folded as well.

Proving to be a serious luxury hauler for the family, the GL350 doesn’t lose a beat when ditching the turbocharged V8 engine for a diesel power plant. It’s a vehicle that makes the mid-range GL450 seem not only unnecessary but downright wasteful. Opting for diesel-power under the hood will save you money at the pump, while the up-front savings means you can package in more of those pricey upgrades.

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