Review 2012 MercedesBenz ML350 | The Truth About Cars

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While Lexus generally credit for pioneering the car-like SUV, the 1998 Mercedes-Benz actually beat the RX to market by a Unlike the car-based RX, the original ML was too a truck and not enough a quality Substantial revisions were with the 2006, and again model year. In its third is the ‘Bama-built Benz now what it have been from the

The 1998 ML320 was so plainly fascias weren’t even color—that various Korean looked more upscale. The exterior was a major improvement, the sophistication and detailing appropriate to a vehicle. It was also far more The 2012’s shell dials the up another notch, but isn’t as Mercedes-Benz’s current design is busier and less fluid, and the chunkier front fenders the proportions off. You’ll a more svelte snout on that must package an ahead of the axle. But does matter? The same criticisms to all of Mercedes-Benz’s 2008+ redesigns, yet in case, public reaction has highly positive.

The 2012 ML’s interior seem like much of an you jump from it into a Then the new interior seems more solid, more and simply nicer—even with (i.e. vinyl) on the seats. It hurt that many will mistake MB-Tex for leather until it fails to The second-generation interior was itself a improvement over the downright original, so the ML has come a long way in area.

The 2012’s exterior are almost identical to the 2011’s, its interior dimensions are actually with an inch less an inch-and-a-half less shoulder and three-and-a-half inches less legroom. The original M-Class was as roomy as the new one (and even a kid-sized third row as an option) being over eight less lengthy and three narrower. Why is the 2012 so much space efficient? Perhaps to safety and infuse the vehicle the bank-vault solidity people from a Mercedes (but was lacking from the original The availability of the GL for those who want room might also a role.

But official specs can be deceiving. the driver’s seat, the 2012 seems like a significantly somewhat roomier vehicle. a more distant windshield, a massive instrument panel, and more subtle tweaks to the design. Rear seat remains easily sufficient for One thing hasn’t changed: seats remain firmer the luxury car norm.

For some Mercedes had the odd idea that would use its first modern SUV as an SUV wasn’t yet in the lexicon). So they it body-on-frame construction and a standard transfer case. BoF went and the low range gear became with the 2006 redesign, in the United States for 2012. The gasoline V6 does gain injection this year, for a bump from 268 to 302 horsepower. thing, as curb weight is up 250 pounds, to a hefty 4,753. The original weighed a quarter-ton The transmission remains a seven-speed and (unlike in the smaller GLK) remains standard.

Given the typical mission of SUVs, the V6 feels plenty and even sounds good at rpm. Despite the power and increases, EPA ratings are actually up a from 16 city / 21 highway to The 215-horsepower 1998 managed 15/20. Still, these are fuel economy improvements. For numbers, get the 240-horsepower (455 vs. 273) diesel (which 20/27 mpg) or wait for a efficient gas engine.

Ml 350 cdi 2011

Perhaps of its more even weight and tighter damping, the ML does more balanced and poised a Lexus RX, while gliding the road about as smoothly and Some German cars to pound across road Even shod with 19-inch rubber this one of them. But, like other Mercedes, no one will the ML for a driver’s car. Its ultra-light communicates nothing. A $5,150 Handling Package (not on the vehicle) includes height-adjustable air adaptive dampers, and active bars. These no doubt body roll, and perhaps also lend the ML a sportier But they also tend to be areas in Mercedes (based on to TrueDelta’s Car Reliability Survey ), and an ML with them won’t get the to school or the goods home the mall appreciably faster.

Mercedes created the M-Class for the American market—and you know happens to German cars they’re developed with in mind. But at least the SUV’s build was reflected in a lesser The all-wheel-drive 1998 ML320’s base sticker undercut of a rear-wheel-drive E320 wagon by Very odd, considering Detroit got hooked on SUVs they could be sold for higher prices than wagons could. Over the M-Class prices have faster than E-Class ML350 now starts at $49,865. seems justified, as materials and quality are now roughly the same the two lines. The SUV will still you about $7,500 less the wagon. Add $3,200 for a Premium that includes nav, a camera, auto-dimming mirrors, and for the driver. A Lexus RX runs $7,500 less, a BMW X5 about the (based on TrueDelta’s car price tool ).

For Mercedes-Benz, the third time to be the charm. The 2012 redesign the M-Class farther from its origins. Even compared to the much-improved second-generation model, the new one and feels more substantial and Now optimized for on-road driving, the ML the Lexus RX, while riding as well. Exciting? Without AMG under the hood, not in the slightest. But pleasant, and very much buyers in this segment are for. The BMW X5 and Infiniti FX are more fun to The ML outsells both put together.

Eric Wheeler at Mercedes-Benz of (MI) provided the vehicle. He can be at 248-426-9600.

Michael Karesh an online provider of car and real-world fuel economy

Ml 350 cdi 2011
Ml 350 cdi 2011
Ml 350 cdi 2011

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