AUBURN HILLS, MI
– Motor Trend
has announced that the Mercedes-Benz GL450 is the magazine's 2007 Sport/Utility of the Year.
The GL was selected from a field of 22 vehicles — the largest crop of sport/utilities Motor Trend
had ever evaluated. The first full-size sport/utility from Mercedes, the GL offers a seven-speed automatic transmission and a V-8 engine with 335 horsepower. It will also be available in a version that runs on the new low-sulfur diesel fuel for greater gas mileage.
The GL represents the increasingly popular crossover category of vehicles that offer both the off-road capability of an SUV but also the driveability and feel of a car, according to Motor Trend.
Motor Trend’s editorial staff conducted exhaustive off-road, street and track testing, and carefully considered essentials such as driving performance, engineering, design, safety, features and overall value.
The complete report on the Motor Trend
2007 Sport/Utility of the Year testing and selection will be published in the December issue of Motor Trend
, available on newsstands Nov. 7, 2006.
The other 21 vehicles evaluated were:
Ford Expedition EL
GMC Yukon Denali XL
Honda CRV Ex-L
Hyundai Santa Fe
Toyota FJ Cruiser