Setting trends is the American way, and when it comes to cars, perhaps especially so. That's why the world has taken notice of our love for SUVs and risen to the challenge. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class is a perfect example.
In fact, in many ways, this German SUV is better than most American takes on the concept. It wears a Mercedes-Benz star and one of the alphanumeric names the Germans love so much, but its American-friendliness may stem from the fact that is is built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as it has been since launched in 2007.
Take one look at the GL Class and you'll immediately notice Mercedes has taken a different tack when it comes to styling: there's no proliferation of flashy chrome or other shiny baubles that look great for a week and then grow tiresome--or tacky. Instead, it's subdued, understated, and elegant, while remaining functional. Inside, it's much the same story, but with an emphasis on luxury you don't always find even in other high-end SUVs. A large...