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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Mercedes AMG GLE

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You can outrun almost anything and run over almost anything.

It hauls another way, too: The max tow rating is 7,200 pounds, equivalent to that of two Corvettes.

What's Not So Good

It's not so much that it uses a lot gas -- that's expected in a vehicle of this type. It's that it uses a lot of gas fast. The GLE needs a larger gas tank so you don't need to stop and refill it quite as often.

Under the Hood

Everything is relative.

Our sun, for example, is relatively big compared with the Earth. But compared with a red supergiant like VY Canis Majoris, our yellow sun is a speck of sand.

The AMG 43's V-6 is pretty impressive until you have a look at the AMG 63's V-8. But either will do.

If you go with the AMG 43, you'll get a nine-speed automatic transmission paired with 4Matic all-wheel drive. This combo goes from zero to 60 mph in about 5.2 seconds and manages 17 mpg city and 23 highway.

The AMG 63's V-8 gets zero to 60 down to 3.8 seconds, not too far off the bumper of a new Corvette.

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