Dan Neil Likes but not in Love with the Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI

Full disclosure: I often find myself recommending the MB GL450 to my wealthier friends who ask about big SUVs. That overgrown puppy is one hell of a truck, even if you get to watch your average fuel economy decrease while idling (no really, it's true). Elegant, burly, hella capable and epically comfortable, the… » 12/04/07 3:15pm 12/04/07 3:15pm

What's Your Guilty Pleasure?

Here's a typical conversation I might have. "You know about cars. Me and the husband want to get a car and we want to have a kid so we're we're thinking about an SUV cause they're safe." To which I respond, "Well, they're safe if you run into a smaller car. But that's passive safety. You want active safety. The… » 9/11/07 2:45pm 9/11/07 2:45pm

Art Wet: Mercedes GL 450 Submerged for Photo Shoot

Aiming to portray the "enveloping stillness and silence one experiences underwater," says Forbes, photographic conceptualist Michael Muller submerged a new, $63,000 GL 450 in a water tank. Muller then used the sunken GL as a prop in a series of photos, pairing it with model Eva Mendez (in a gown, natch) and… » 10/26/06 10:44am 10/26/06 10:44am