2012 MercedesBenz MClass Test Drive MercedesBenz MClass Review…

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Drive

Mercedes-Benz’s midsize SUV gets a comprehensive makeover for the generation. With more features, improved fuel and the same starting price, the ML is a cush ride that admirably#151;for the most part.

On Date . September 2011

. $48,990#150;$50,490

Powertrains . 3.5-liter V6 302 hp, 273 lb-ft; 3.0-liter V6 diesel, 240 hp, 455 7-speed automatic, AWD

EPA Fuel (city/highway) . 17/22 mpg (gas); mpg (diesel)

What’s New . Mercedes-Benz no stone unturned when it the M-Class SUV. Incrementally wider and lower than its the M-Class’s chassis also has thoroughly updated with high-tensile steel. Aluminum help the Benz shed 55 from its axles and suspension. New gasoline and diesel engines more power and fuel while the optional Agility air suspension system incorporates damping and roll bars. The also receives a more look and feel. The expanded of standard items includes a liftgate, nine airbags, assist and every safety you’ll find on Mercedes-Benz’s flagship.

Tech Tidbit . To smooth the inherent to its diesel mill, the BlueTEC 4Matic uses engine mounts that engine rpm and vehicle speed, when the vehicle picks up The optional Agility Control uses speed and lateral readings to automatically engage or the antiroll bars via hydraulic

Driving Character . As one Mercedes-Benz mentioned during a tech at design headquarters in Sindelfingen, #147;Our interiors aren’t focused solely on the driver; we that to other brands.#148; may be true, but several hours in the seat of an ML350 BlueTEC were not nearly as involving as if the would have been in, say, a Porsche Cayenne. The ML runs quietly and smoothly at thanks to the active engine with a barely discernible sound coming from the pipes which are cloaked by the bumper thanks to clever Refined headlight shapes and engine airflow helps the ML a drag coefficient of .32#151;making it the aerodynamic SUV on the market.

As we cruised from 65 mph up to triple-digit on lonely Montana roads, the ML felt quite insulated road and wind noise, a pleasant cocoon of peace. But the path grew twisty, our tester seemed a bit reluctant to despite its $5150 Dynamic Package. The system’s active allowed for a smooth ride and settings during more driving, but our ML still felt like the plus-size GL model we would have preferred, vague turn-in and discernible roll. The 240-hp diesel produced decent acceleration, and was responsive when its torque at 455 lb-ft between 1600 and rpm. By contrast, an afternoon in a $58,365 gas-powered ML offered giddyup and go, and the gas SUV managed a light trail with several sections that would other, more road-focused

Favorite Detail . Though the is more powerful and fuel-efficient its predecessor, the most obvious can be appreciated from inside the where a tall spread of accentuates a clean, well-designed New foam insulation below the boosts the car’s aura of serenity.

Driver’s Grievance . Despite weight savings, the 2012 still feels ponderous on the But spirited drivers shouldn’t a V8 is coming in the first quarter of with a two-wheel-drive variant in 2012#151;and, inevitably, there be an AMG spinoff. And though an improved and more generous list of items grace the new M-Class, is a $1620 option#151;surprising, given the base price.

The Bottom . The Mercedes-Benz M-Class returns more power, better economy, a longer list of equipment and an untouched starting The M-Class may not be an apex attacker or a scorcher (especially in diesel but the forthcoming V8 and hot-rodded AMG versions erase those weaknesses. So aggressive drivers may want to elsewhere, the ML succeeds at satisfying interstate warriors with its quiet and comfortable ride.

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class
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