A beautiful SUV, which drives like a sports car and accelerates like a race car. This smooth as glass driving machine, is sure to impress, and can handle 7 passengers with ease. The rear seats fold flat for a cavernous cargo area, which is only rivaled by a full size truck.
Everything works perfectly except the sunroof, which does not close reliably (you have to push it while closing), so please don't open it unless you want to spend a few minutes fiddling with it ot get it closed.
This car has an unlimited premium wash package at Mister Car Wash, with 29 Houston locations to choose from. There is an electronic tag on the windshield, so you just drive through and it's free and unlimited.
A quality Yakima swing hitch mount swing out bike rack which holds 3 bikes is available for a flat $35 per trip.
Below is an article published by car and driver:
On the more extravagant end of the SUV spectrum and new for 2008 is the Mercedes GL550. It’s powered by a 382-hp, 5.5L V-8 and comes equipped with just about the entire options list, including the COMAND DVD navigation system, a Harmon/Kardon sound system, three-zone climate control, 21-in. wheels, and a rearview camera. Of course this doesn’t come cheap; the GL550 starts at an eye-popping $80,373.
The 550 has an Off Road package, which includes a two-speed transfer case, locking center and rear differentials, and an air suspension which can increase ground clearance considerably.
Also comes with a four-wheel independent suspension, 7500-lb Class IV towing capacity, and Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.
The large interior can fit seven passengers, and 43.8 cu ft of cargo space can be had when the third row is folded down. With the middle seats folded away, the cargo area is completely flat for easy loading and can hold up to 83 cu ft of storage. Mercedes proven seven-speed automatic provides smooth shifts, and safety features are plentiful with active headrests, dual two-stage front airbags, side airbags, and curtain airbags for all three rows.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 5-door wagon
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 333 cu in, 5461cc
Power (SAE net): 382 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 391 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic with manumatic (steering wheel paddle) shifting
Wheelbase: 121.1 in Length: 200.6 in Width: 83.7 in Height: 75.4 in
Curb weight: 5569 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 15.6 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 33.3 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 6.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.5 sec @ 96 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 131 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 165 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.78 g
EPA city/highway driving: 13/17 mpg