Review of Forbes' 2007 Mercedes GL450 Test Drive

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The 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Posted by on October 10th, 2006

Taking a break from their usual financial banter and investment advice, the boys of Forbes recently decided to test their skills as automotive reviewers, positioning themselves behind the wheel of what is the unquestionable potentate of seven-passenger SUV's - the GL450.

Unsurprisingly, Forbes found that the GL 450 is everything you'd expect it to be - spacious, luxurious, quiet, well-mannered... it is, after all, a Mercedes.

So what was Forbes' final opinion?

Despite the aforementioned qualities, Forbes determined "the GL is hardly a fuel sipper, so you should weigh whether you really need this much room. As good as the GL is, we'd much rather drive the E- Class (or Audi A6 or BMW 5-series) wagons around daily."

A station wagon?

That's right Forbes, I'm considering a $60,000 seven-passenger SUV, but in an effort to save an extra 3 mpg in the city and 5 mpg on the highway, I think instead I'll opt for a station wagon.

The ability to tow; the ability to seat seven passengers comfortably without forcing them to endure backwards, bench-like seating; the ability to carry cargo even when the vehicle is at its maximum occupancy... none of these things matter.

Buy a station wagon. You'll save 3 miles per gallon.


To read the full review for yourself, head over to Forbes and as always, prepare to be underwhelmed.

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