2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review

With a 23-mpg diesel version now available in all 50 states, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a more viable option for SUV-needing families — though the appeal of a $60,000-plus four-wheeler seems limited in today's economy. Even if you are in the market, the GL remains a debatable choice: stylish on the outside and elegant within, but hamstrung by spotty reliability and a drivetrain as indecisive as the North Carolina electorate.

Still, that's more praise than I can give last year's model, whose review serves as the basis for this update; its dated navigation system was onerous to sort through, but it's been vastly improved for 2009. The SUV also gets more high-tech safety features, though they might just be gilding the lily on a model that already had nine standard airbags and an electronic stability system.

Trim levels include the diesel GL320 Bluetec and gasoline GL450 and GL550; click here to compare them or here to compare the whole group to its '08 equivalents. I drove a 2009 GL320 Bluetec, and I've also driven a 2008 GL550.

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Tightening the cargo net
Seat belt reel holder behind the front seats ► Insert belt hook 1 into cargo tie-down ring 2 in the direction of the arrow. ► Pull tensioning strap 3 by the loose end in the direct ...

Removing the towing eye
  Loosen the towing eye and unscrew it.   Attach cover 1 to the bumper and press until it engages.   Place the towing eye in the vehicle tool kit. ...

Switching on Night View Assist Plus
Depending on your vehicle's date of manufacture, the or symbol for the "Automatic driving lights/daytime running lamps" position is located on the light switch. You can only ac ...