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Motor Trend Names Mercedes-Benz GL450 2007 Sport/Utility of the Year

October 24, 2006

Motor Trend announces 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 rest of the 22 vehicles evaluated are:
Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Audi Q7
Cadillac Escalade
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chrysler Aspen
Dodge Nitro
Ford Edge
Ford Expedition El
GMC Yukon Denali XL
Honda CRV Ex-L
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jeep Wrangler
Lincoln MKX
Lincoln Navigator
Mazda CX-7
Mitsubishi Outlander
Suzuki X17
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota RAV4
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