The third generation Mercedes Benz M-class has been redesigned and redubbed the GLE. The 2016 GLE350 is a luxury midsize SUV that has the interior comfort and driving performance expected from a Mercedes Benz, as well as impressive off-roading ability. Sharp lines running down the side panels, pointed headlamps, a grooved hood, and large vents give the GLE an aggressive and modern look. Furthermore, a sloping rear roofline and airflow vents work to reduce drag and increase aerodynamic efficiency, and make the GLE one of the most athletic and contemporary looking midsize SUVs on the market. The Mercedes Benz GLE350 makes everything from taking the family on a trip up the coast to off-roading through hazardous terrain easy, with the style and grace only found in a Mercedes.
It should come as no surprise that the interior of the 2016 GLE350 is luxurious, elegant, and comes with a long list of cutting edge technological features. Comfort, functionality, and attention to detail are key. The dash is characterized by luxurious leather and wood finish and simplistic manual knobs for climate and audio controls. The front row cabin is immensely roomy and features dual zone climate control and power-adjustable seats with a massage feature. Yeah, massage seats. Technological features include on-board WiFi, Bluetooth ability, and an extremely high resolution screen. Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system is run through the center mounted 7 inch screen, and is controlled by central knob familiar to Mercedes drivers. With such a long list of features offered by the infotainment system, mastering it may seem like a daunting task. However, with little practice, the system becomes easy to navigate, and opens up endless possibilities for entertainment and convenience while driving. With this level of luxury and cutting edge technology, you may never want to get out of the 2016 GLE350.
In such a luxurious vehicle, it’s easy to forgot the Mercedes GLE350 is an extremely powerful SUV, capable of towing over 7,000 lbs and traversing uncharted terrain. The 3.5 liter V6 engine produces 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and can launch the car from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Furthermore, the all-wheel drive vehicle can achieve an impressive 22 city mpg and 29 highway mpg, which puts it near the top of its class in terms of efficiency. On city streets, the GLE has remarkably smooth handling and a quiet cabin, eliciting a feeling of isolation from the road.
Safety has always been important to Mercedes Benz, and the 2016 Mercedes GLE350 comes loaded with airbags and advanced safety features. Collision tests, front seat and full length side airbags, and stability control earned the GLE350 one of the highest safety ratings in its class from the IIHS. Technological safety measures include the PreSafe collision prevention system, which can detect an imminent crash and automatically take the appropriate measures to avoid it. In addition, the car has 360-degree cameras, a blind spot warning system, and sensors that monitor driver behavior to detect fatigue and issue alerts.
Driving in a Mercedes Benz GLE350 is guaranteed to garner admiration from anyone who sees you behind the wheel. The $55,000 price tag may seem daunting, but you can drive one for far less than that by renting it from First Class rent-a-car in Miami. Experience the luxury and power of the Mercedes Benz GLE350 for yourself and rent one today.