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2012 Mercedes-Benz M-class, an Flash Drive Car Review

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is it?

Power is up, along with economy, in the third generation of the M-class sport-utility vehicle. It in September in the United States in two The ML350 Bluetec 3.0-liter V6 has an output of 240 hp and 455-lb-ft of torque and fuel consumption of 20 mpg city and 25 mpg The gasoline direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 4Matic, with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of has an estimated fuel economy of mpg.

Despite significant upgrades, stays the same for 2012, the ML350 4Matic checking in at including destination, while the adds just $1,500 to base price.

Mercedes it invented the crossover-utility segment 14 ago with the original M-class. the latest iteration, it plans to leadership in the segment where include the BMW X5. the Lexus RX. the Acura MDX and the SRX. Hardly a small to climb, but Mercedes officials say car’s combination of refinement, safety and high technology give it an edge.

What is it like to drive?

We got the wheel of both models in the of Montana, where the pavement is and winds through mountains and spaces. Though most M-class cars will much of their time on driving cycles, running the twisty roads provided opportunity to push the car to the limit.

You get a for the relative differences between the suspension and the optional dual-mode setup. The regular suspension is fine for most drivers, but if driving style leans sporty, you’ll want to an upgrade to the optional suspension.

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The sport setting on the M-class does a fantastic job of keeping the flat through corners and to all but eliminate dive under braking. At the same time, the remains reasonably supple, not its smoothness at the expense of body Both engines are up to the task of the 4,753-pound vehicle from (7.3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph for engine), but higher-speed response in the diesel. Both are quick to to a call for power at speed, but the engine is more capable of If you need more grunt, have to wait for the 4.6-liter V8 model due in early 2012.

The electromechanical steering is steady and but we sometimes found the Lane Assist safety option a too active in nudging us back our lane when we strayed the center line. An adaptive reduces much of the intervention driving enthusiastically, while the setting actively taps the to bring the 2012 M-class into the lane when it drift.

Do I want it?

As the latest and greatest of the utility vehicles on the market, the Mercedes M-class is certainly a look. Whether you choose or diesel is really a matter of preference—both perform well in model. If you need more you’ll have to wait early next year V8s and AMG models arrive. And if you want rows of seating, you’ll to upgrade to the GL-class or wait for the third-row option coming 2013.

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