New and Used Mercedes-Benz G Class: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen throws subtlety out the window, and then runs it over (and over again).

What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class? What does it compare to?

A rugged off-roader with a plush cabin and gobs of tech, the G-Class compares well with the Range Rover and the Lexus LX. 

Is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class a good SUV?

Far from rational purchases, the mega-costly G550 and G63 lavish occupants with an upscale interior and road manners that belie their spectacular off-road ability. They’re a 6.2 on the TCC scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

A new G Professional package for the G550 adds some rugged styling elements outside and a cherry wood-finished cargo area. We’re not sure just which profession Mercedes-Benz has in mind, though.

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While it may look like the 1979 original, the G-Wagen (Geländewagen, or “cross-country vehicle” in German) saw a 2019 revamp that kept its blocky looks but mated them with a relatively modern suspension and two ferocious powertrains. The G’s interior impresses in any configuration with its bright 12.3-inch screens under a single glass pane, while outrageous color combos are on the lengthy options list. 

G550s use a 416-hp twin-turbo V-8 that provides more than adequate go. The AMG G63 swaps in a 577-hp version of the V-8 for blistering acceleration. Unless fitted with the biggest wheels (which wear tires better suited to a sports car), the G offers formidable four-wheeling ability and includes a trio of locking differentials for especially tough going. 

The G63 4×4^2 model rides on a raised suspension with high-clearance portal-style axles for drivers who simply must tower over everyone else. They are $350,000 fashion statements. 

Without the stretch-out space of the Range Rover inside, the G-Wagen has somewhat retro proportions. It’s comfy, but drivers looking for a family-hauler should shop the GLS instead. 

How much does the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class cost?

The G550 starts at about $141,000, while the G63 adds $40,000 worth of power, wheels, and suspension revisions. 

Where is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class made?

In Austria.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class eschews modernity.

Is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class a good-looking car?

It’s chunky and vintage, but certainly not subtle. We like its high-personality exterior and its sedan-like cabin enough to award the 2023 G-Class a 7 on the TCC scale.

A 2019 redesign kept the G-Class’ circa-1979 boxy looks intact. (Truthfully, it’s more like the 1991 update than the original, but we digress.) Exposed hinges, tacked-on side stripes, shed-like door handles, and turn signals that poke out of the fenders would be laughable on a Cadillac or Lincoln, but they work here. G550s and G63s look mostly the same, aside from wheels. G63 4×4^2 models, on the other hand, are more like Hot Wheels cars for the street with their comically high ride height. 

Inside, crystal clear 12.3-inch screens sit behind a single pane of glass above jet engine-inspired air vents and toggle switches. The overall ambience is modern, rather than retro-chic like the Land Rover Defender. 

Mercedes offers a wide range of upholsteries and trims, too. 

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The G-Class can muscle its way up any hill—paved or otherwise.

Massively capable, the 2023 G-Class boasts a pair of exceptional V-8 engines and can go farther off-road than nearly any vehicle short of a Jeep Wrangler. It’s a 7 on the TCC scale.

Is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4WD?

Yes, of course. With a trio of differential locks that can be engaged to better distribute power between the axles in particularly rough situations, the G-Wagen is matched by only a few vehicles available to consumers when it comes to its four-wheeling ability. The coil-sprung suspension offers up lots of travel, too. 

Unlike Land Rover—and even Lexus, to an extent—Mercedes-Benz doesn’t fit the G-Class with a huge roster of four-wheeling electronics. Mercedes figures that G-Wagen owners who actually venture off-road will be more interested in flexing their experience rather than their ability to press buttons and watch the vehicle do all of the hard work.

One suggestion: The G550 with its softer suspension and taller standard tire sidewalls makes a better 4×4 choice than the stiff G63, unless you spring for the bonkers G63 4×4^2. That model has portal axles front and rear, which is a simple way of saying that the mechanical bits that usually hang down the lowest are raised as high as possible to improve clearance. It’s tech more often deployed in military applications, though drivers willing to part with $350,000 for this big off-roader may very well have their own mercenaries on staff. 

How fast is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

It’s zippy with the 416-hp twin-turbo V-8 in the G550 and downright rapid with the AMG G63’s 577-hp version. A 9-speed automatic gearbox shifts power to all four corners, and big brakes (upsized for the G63) bring these big SUVs to a halt. 

Underneath, the G63 uses an independent front suspension and a solid rear axle to balance off-road ability with on-road comfort. There’s little compromise here, though, as the G-Class remains as capable as most owners are likely to ever explore, and it’s decently tolerable on-road. 

While the G’s steering is quick-witted, there’s still plenty of body lean thanks to the relatively low-tech suspension.

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The 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class makes every trip feel like an event.

A big cabin with spectacular seats, high-end materials, and a big cargo area earn the 2023 Mercedes G a 9 out of 10 for comfort and quality. Only a big step-in and some awkward proportions necessitated by the high roof and somewhat narrow cabin keep it from earning the Range Rover’s full 10 out of 10. 

The interior wears beautiful materials in any form, though the automaker’s in-house Designo team delights with its special appearance packages. With a huge palette of hues on offer, there’s no reason to settle for black leather—unless you must. 

The rear cargo door swings away from the curb to open up 37.4 cubic feet of space, which balloons to 79.5 cubes with the rear seatback flopped down. For a vehicle with such trim proportions—the G is the better part of a foot shorter than the Lexus LX, for instance—it has a huge cargo area.

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The brick-like Mercedes-Benz G-Class includes only basic crash-avoidance tech.

How safe is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

We don’t like to make assumptions, but we have high hopes for the G-Class’ crashworthiness. Until it’s tested by the IIHS and the NHTSA, though, we have to hold off on assigning a score.

The G comes with automatic emergency braking, but Mercedes makes shoppers spend up for useful features such as adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, blind-spot monitors, and advanced parking assist. Don’t look for hands-off driving tech, either. 

Outward vision is generally quite good, though a Civic can hide below its high fenders.

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The 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is well-equipped, but very expensive.

Mercedes-Benz wants mega money for even a basic G550, though these big SUVs can be outfitted with some fine features. 

Starting at around $141,000, the G550 comes with twin 12.3-inch displays, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 19-inch alloy wheels, a chrome brushguard, and power-adjustable front seats. Its standard leather can be upgraded to softer hides, while adaptive cruise control is 

Which Mercedes-Benz G-Class should I buy?

The G550 makes more sense than the G63, though even then we’d budget for active safety tech and massaging seats that can nudge its price to around $160,000. 

How much is a fully loaded Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The AMG G63 runs $180,000 to start, but can nudge $200,000 with extra-cost trim and paint. For $350,000 or so, the G63 4×4^2 mirrors the standard model’s features but comes with huge tires—oh, and a suspension as high as a Peterbilt. Mercedes offers just a few appearance upgrades for its hugest model.

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