The Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a luxury mid-size SUV that’s set up well for families and for client-carrying duty. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class includes a hybrid version, making it the only SUV or crossover on the market to offer the choice of conventional gasoline, gasoline-electric, or diesel power. The entire M-Class was redesigned for 2009. The ML450 Hybrid model joins the M-Class for 2010.
The 2010 M-Class includes the ML350, ML350 BlueTEC, ML450 Hybrid, ML550, and ML63 AMG. 4MATIC all-wheel drive is available on the ML350 and ML450 Hybrid.
The M-Class isn’t so large that it’s cumbersome or hard to park, but it comfortably seats five and carries plenty of stuff. As daily transportation, it doesn’t feel like a truck, and it won’t beat its driver or passengers up. Yet it has the potential for some fairly serious off-highway adventuring. Properly equipped, an ML can tow up to 7,200 pounds. The M-Class is more than powerful enough in any of its variations. And it offers the safety equipment, luxury accoutrements, style and smooth finish expected of a Mercedes-Benz.
The ML450 Hybrid features a new two-mode gasoline/electric powertrain that brings EPA City/Highway ratings of 21/24 mpg, the former better than any M-Class and the latter a match for the ML350 BlueTEC diesel. Where the diesel wins is on purchase price and towing capacity. Either may qualify for a tax credit. Either reaches 60 mph in about the same eight seconds as an ML350. The ML450 is offered only as a three- or five-year lease.
The ML350 offers a choice of rear-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The two-wheel-drive model is lighter, more fuel efficient, offers a lower price, the four-wheel-drive model is better for inclement weather acceleration or slippery launch ramps. Power mongers have a choice of two V8 engines, the ML550 that reaches the 0-60 benchmark in less than six seconds or the ML63 AMG’s hand-made 6.2-liter that manages the sprint in less than five seconds. The AMG comes with more standard features than the ML550, and its base price is $34,000 higher.
Since it first appeared for 1998, the M-Class has helped make luxury SUVs a familiar part of the automotive landscape. The second and current generation, which arrived for 2006, is larger inside and out than the original, and also aerodynamically slipperier. M-Class offers five-passenger seating. The GL-Class offers seven-adult-seat accommodations.
The M-Class is built using car-like unibody construction with isolated front and rear subframes, a technique that emphasizes rigidity, decreased vibration and lowers weight. A double-wishbone front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension emphasize sedan-style dynamics. Yet with more than eight inches of ground clearance and electronic traction aids the M can venture further down the beaten path than most owners know or dare to. Mercedes owners will fell at home in an M-Class and appreciate the cache and engineering the Mercedes brand will find plenty to like here.
3.5L V-6 Engine
7-spd auto w/OD Transmission
268 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
258 @ 2,400 rpm Torque
Rear-wheel Drive type
ABS and driveline Traction control
1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
19″ silver aluminum Wheels
Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
Rear air conditioning, with separate controls
AM/FM/Satellite-prep, seek-scan Radio
1st row LCD monitor
Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
Front and rear Fog/driving lights
Windshield wipers – rain sensing
Leatherette Seat trim
Driver Lumbar support