MercedesBenz MClass AskMen

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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0-60 time: 7.3 (est.)

MPG / LPG: 20/25 mpg (est.)

Though they ago replaced the minivan as the housewives’ run vehicle of choice, SUVs are introduced to the media in events lay on the testosterone. Manufacturers have us out to deserts, quarries and boulder-strewn mud just to prove that all-wheel drive brick was as as the image it was selling.

For the launch of its 2012 M-Class SUV. invited us out to Montana’s Paws Up A spot for outdoor vacations than cattle-rustling, the 37,000-acre Up resort is a ranch experience for folk. It’s “ruggedness — there are spa treatments and even the tents have tubs — making location a perfect analog to upper-class SUV.

But let’s be honest, the M-Class is a not really favored by active adventurers — a fact crystal clear by the numerous bloggers” invited to experience the M-Class alongside the more automotive media. Mixed the discussion of the hydraulically actuated stabilizer bars was talk on how the front cup holders were for keeping baby bottles

Trophy wives will find a lot to like about the new but what about the professional Is there a hint of testosterone and in this vehicle, or should a man stick with something We took a 2012 ML350 out into the wilds of Montana to out.

Mercedes-Benz’s new M-Class is packed of its latest electronic bonuses, and as the luxury SUV can stay in its own lane and its own brakes should the mommy be distracted by the kids or a cell But just as flesh-and-blood help a nanny — can unexpectedly in and ruin a marriage, so too can an electronic one in and ruin a driving experience.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

not to say that the M-Class is a terrible to drive; it’s just the active safety devices are intrusive than those in other luxury vehicles. jarring when we swing out to a wider berth to an oncoming rig and the car jerks us back toward a collision with the thing. sure there is a way to disarm like the aggressive Lane Assist, but we didn’t have to dig through the ML350’s massive of buttons to figure out how to do so.

That nitpick aside, our BlueTEC tester really us. The 3.5-liter clean-diesel V6 engine was and smooth, so much so that we realize we had been piloting a until we took a needed stop after 100 or so miles our drive. It’s no rocket but with 240 horsepower, 455 pound-feet of and seven forward gears, it builds up steam and maintains a pace with the best of In typical German-car fashion, Benz feels as solid as in all driving conditions.

And the driving conditions we subjected our to included a bit of off-roading. Though it unit-body construction, we found the to be quite capable when the ended. We of course didn’t our Benz to the Rubicon, but thanks to the 4MATIC all-wheel drive it handled gravel roads, berms, deep potholes, and pits with ease.

In an era utility vehicles often more curves than a of Baywatch . it is refreshing to see that kept the new M-Class boxy. The is upright and large, and the trim on the bumpers is designed to invoke the plates of a proper off-roader. The raked C-pillar remains, but it look as soft as it did on the prior


We found a lot to like about the of the 2012 ML350 as well. generously in black leather, by real wood trim, the of the ML350 feels more a smoking lounge than a The cabin is spacious and, to the generously sized greenhouse, airy. Bonus points be awarded to Mercedes-Benz for not trying to a useless third-row seat the 2012 M-Class. Cargo is plentiful, wider even the first two generations of M, finally those much-vaunted golf to fit perfectly in the rear. Or if you must, a

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