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Eric's Autos: 2022 Mercedes GLE

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There are lots of crossover SUVs available to choose from. Too many, arguably -- in that so many are so much the same.

One that isn't is the same old same old is the Mercedes GLE.

What It Is

The GLE looks like a midsize crossover SUV with seats for five or seven -- depending on the configuration -- which it is. But it's also one of the few of its kind that's built on a rear-drive (rather than front-wheel-drive) layout, as most crossover SUVs are.

Prices start at $56,150 for the GLE 350, which is rear-drive as it comes and comes standard with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. You can add all-wheel drive (Mercedes calls its system "4Matic") if you'd like more rainy-snowy day grip.

So equipped, the MSRP is $58,650.

 

The GLE 450 comes standard with the 4Matic system, as well as a much more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six/mild hybrid powertrain.

It stickers for $63,950.

If the six in the GLE 450 isn't powerful enough, a more powerful version of this engine is available in the GLE 53, which also comes standard with a number of additional upgrades, such as a 20-inch wheel/tire package, high-capacity brakes, trim specific to this model and a premium Burmester audio system.

This one will set you back $74,150.

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