Mercedes-Benz G-Class

BASE PRICE RANGE: $106,625-$125,325
BODY TYPE: Midsize/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: "New" isn't a word that applies to the G-Class, and not much changes this year. For 2011, the G550 gets a new 18-inch, five-spoke wheel design with split spokes. All 2010 changes also carry over: new 19-inch wheels for the G55 AMG, interior chrome accents, new power front seats, leather dash, and restyled spare wheel cover.

COOL FACT: The G-Class can climb grades up to 36 degrees and is stable on lateral inclines up to 24 degrees.

SUM UP: Classic luxury off-roader.
RATING: ***1/2

2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Base Engine 5.5L/382-hp SOHC V-8
Optional Engine 5.4L/500-hp s-charged SOHC V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 5A/7A
0-60 MPH 5.4-6.0 sec
Tow/Payload 3500/1500 lb*
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 11/15 mpg
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 4