This car is awesome! Third row is suitable for adults, smooth engine, lots of torque. I would like it to look less similar to the ML, but it's not ugly. No problems yet!
All I can say is...WOW! We absolutely love this SUV! We upgraded from a Lexus RX300 to the GL 450 and are we ever glad that we did! We took a rode trip from Phx to Carlsbad, CA on one tank of gas and one on the way back...(thank goodness for less expensive Costco gas!). The ride was smooth and pleasurable without driver fatigue. The steering is responsive and nimble and the acceleration is much more than adequate. Although, I have not used the paddle shifters on the backside of the steering wheel yet. With the 8 cylinder engine, it did not struggle @ 80 mph or have that high engine whine that most 6 and 4 cylinders do. We have the extra "beefy" tires that really stick to the road. The ride is incredibly smooth and quiet. I love the fact that the SUV actually lowers itself at speeds above 55 to reduce rollover and decrease wind resistance AND you can adjust the height while parked...how "playa" is that?? The a/c and 3rd row a/c is quite effective and cools the entire cabin very quickly. The spacious cabin is probably the best feature. We were able to fit a sun shelter tent, beach umbrella, cooler and a myriad of suitcases and other beach paraphernalia all with our 6 year old cruising in the 3rd row seat with her own sunroof (does not open or close, but it makes her feel as grownup as her mom and dad). We stuck her with the iPad and we were able to listen to own own tunes even though the MB has a separate headphone jacks. The NAV/Radio is a little troublesome at first and does take getting used to (actually, I have the owner's manual still in the car for me to reference to...who does that??), but the sound from the Harmon speakers rock! The NAV/Radio joystick though does feel like that I can break it at anytime. I still can't get used to the shift lever...it's so unique and one of my all time favorite is the simple cruise control lever. The gauges and information center is great...except for the dinky little clock! Our GL was equipped with a iPod adapter however it does not charge it simultaneously. One of the most overlooked features is the 3rd row rear side window can flare out to allow for fresh air into the rear of the vehicle and also offset any air pressure that you get when only one main window is down. I love that feature because no one else really does! As for the exterior, we have the black on black and heads turn most places that we go! The best part is that our GL is usually one of the vehicles that the valet attendants put as close to the front of the restaurant as possible to inform other potential patrons that the dining establishment is a classy place just by looking at what vehicles are parked up front! That just gets them a higher than average tip as well! Sweet! The GL450 is my wife's everyday vehicle, so I just get to drive it on the weekends which is ok by me since the pleasure of having to drive the GL is still as fresh as it was when we first got it....plus it sucks gas and my wife's job is only 5 miles away. The only slight irritant would be the parking sensors...sometimes they would go into a brief alarm when sitting at a red light and no one else is near....think that I will have that checked out. This is our 2nd MB (our first was a C230 Sport) that we've owned and the cost of repair is well above the norm, however we already knew that going in that you pay for quality.