2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI
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2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI

Consider the Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI, an advanced diesel vehicle that will, with some additional emissions hardware, be legal in California and Northeastern states next year. -- Dan Neil (MERCEDES-BENZ)
Under the heading of excess capacity, the GL is equipped with full-time four-wheel drive, height-adjustable air suspension, hill descent control, and a beefy undercarriage that could ward off an improvised explosive. -- Dan Neil (MERCEDES-BENZ)
The fact is, there’s nothing wrong with this vehicle. Considering everything it offers -- from limousine luxury to tree-climbing agility -- the thing is a paragon of efficiency, a work of tight-lipped Teutonic genius. -- Dan Neil (MERCEDES-BENZ)
I’ve got nothing but respect for the motor in this thing: a 3.0-liter, 24-valve, common-rail V6 diesel with all manner of fuel-air metering, traps, filters and catalysts to make it the cleanest oil-burner since Aladdin’s lamp. -- Dan Neil (MERCEDES-BENZ)
Like the Tahoe Hybrid, the 320 CDI represents an astonishing improvement on fuel economy: 18 mpg city, 24 highway, as compared with the GL450’s 13/18 fuel economy, a net improvement of 27%. -- Dan Neil (MERCEDES-BENZ)