2013 MercedesBenz ML550 review Autoweek

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Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base

2013 Mercedes-Benz ML550 review notes

The 2013 ML550 4Matic receives an 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

Our base Mercedes-Benz ML550 4Matic in at $59,705 with our tester off at $80,815.

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EDITOR WES RAYNAL: rarely turn down the to drive an ML, any ML. They are among the midsize SUVs in the land. but excellent. With that I like the ML350 Bluetec best over the gas-powered That’s just personal and I’m not saying I don’t this car. I do, but just not as as the diesel.

There aren’t too many on the market this smooth, and solid. The chassis is stiff, the tuned a bit to the soft side in mode, making it perfect for up our notorious potholes here in

Power is great — dang close to the AMG version in of off the line action — imperceptible shifting, good and all the cool hot rod sounds. The truck felt composed and rock My biggest beef with ML was the steering: Way too light with feel.

The interior is superbly and comfortable, wood and leather all the place; I really like the and we got a compliment from a valet, who really liked them.

This is a ute for those who need space and all-weather ability, but want to be coddled a little—it’s quiet on the road. As I’ve when I have driven MLs it’s a nice car to get into at the end of the

Is it sporty and involving? Not really. Very.

ROAD TEST JONATHAN WONG: If you stomped on the and sprinted away from a in this 2013 Mercedes-Benz 4Matic, you would think this ute was wearing an AMG badge. It gets moving with torque of 443 lb-ft available just 1,600 rpm to 4,750 How’s that for a meaty band? However, missing is the exhaust note that all feature.

Of course, that’s OK because isn’t an ML63 AMG with its base price. Our ML550 car with its $80,815 as-tested (which includes $21,110 of options) still falls short of the AMG.

The ML550 feeling like a normal when you step on the brake and are greeted with a mushy feel. Turn the wheel and feels a little lazy, weight and feedback. With the suspension in comfort it rolls in but it’s not floppy. Instead, well suited to glide bumps and provide a smooth for the daily grind.

But punch-up suspension’s sport and along with the active control, this ML550 surprisingly planted and responsive the higher ride height and


Inside, optional Designo shows beautifully with surfaces. Seats are firm and and three adults fit into the comfortably. The center stack lots of buttons that are marked and easy to work and the large center storage was nice to store phones and items.

If give the choice between and the BMW X5. I think I would be taking the That way you can avoid the dreaded tires and enjoy better ride. I also like the interior a bit more. The Bimmer is a tighter drive, though, but for it’s the Mercedes for me.

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base

2013 ML550 4Matic

Base $59,705

As-Tested Price:

Drivetrain: 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8; seven-speed automatic

Output: 402 hp @ rpm, 443 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,750 rpm

Weight: 4,982 lb

Fuel (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 14/20/16 mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: mpg

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