Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

BASE PRICE RANGE: $61,825-$85,325
BODY TYPE: Full-size/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: There are only minor changes for 2011. The 382-hp GL550 gains a restyled front bumper. All models get a rearview mirror with integrated compass, what the company refers to as saddle-style second- and third-row head restraints, and the option of blind-spot assist. Another new option is the next generation of telematics, called mbrace, which includes safety and convenience features.

COOL FACT: The GL350 BlueTEC diesel has a 600-mile cruising range.

SUM UP: Excellent 7-passenger LUX SUV.
RATING: ****

2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Base Engine 3.0L/210-hp t-diesel SOHC V-6
Optional Engine 4.6L/335-hp DOHC V-8; 5.5L/382-hp DOHC V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 7A
0-60 MPH 6.4-8.1 sec*
Tow/Payload 7500/1400-1600 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 12-17/17-23 mpg
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 9