Cons: Prices are off the charts, gas mileage is low (even by large SUV standards), and the step-in height is huge. The ancient design, which has barely evolved in decades, will not please everyone. As for handling, there's a top-heavy feel that demands attention.
2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Price: The base G 550 starts at $121,600, while the almighty G 63 AMG retails for $150,700. Exclusive interior trim pieces, 20'' twin-spoke wheels, and a rear-seat entertainment system are available.
2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Fuel Economy: Oddly enough, the bigger, more powerful engine is also more fuel-efficient according to Mercedes-Benz: 17.5 vs. 18.1L/100km in the city, and 13.4 vs. 13.6L/100km on the highway.
Improvements and Changes: The G-Class boasts some minor changes but is mainly a carryover for 2014.
2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Powertrain: The standard 5.5L V8 engine produces 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque, all channelled through the German manufacturer's 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system with low and high ranges, as well as three locking differentials. The twin-turbocharged version of the same V8 generates a whopping 536 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque in the G 63 AMG, dropping 0-100km/h times from 6.1 to 5.4 seconds. Both models use a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Cargo Capacity: There are 480 litres of trunk space in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, although you can fold the rear seats and take advantage of a gigantic 2,250-litre cargo area.
Safety: Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class (at the time of writing). Anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution along with stability control are standard. The list also includes a rearview camera, active parking assist, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and an emergency calling system.
Comparing the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: There's really nothing quite like it, although potential buyers may want to consider the Range Rover and, to a lesser extent, the Lexus LX.