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Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2012-2015
2012 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2015 Trim Shown: 2015 ML350
The 2012 redesign was a significant improvement. The SUV became quick and very refined, in addition to quiet and well finished. Handling is responsive, but steering is a little vague at the ML's cornering limits. Towing capacity is impressive. A turbodiesel V6 is also available, as is a high-performance AMG version. Some controls are improved, but others are still complicated. As of 2015, available safety equipment for all versions include crosswind assist, collision prevention assist, cross-traffic alert, blind-spot detection and lane-keeping assist. The 2016 models also got an upgraded infotainment system. Additionally, a nomenclature change to GLE replaced the ML designation for 2016.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $38,450 - $47,150 $35,250 - $43,630
2014 $32,275 - $62,350 $29,280 - $57,880
2013 $28,450 - $54,125 $25,450 - $49,975
2012 $25,725 - $45,600 $22,670 - $41,860
2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2011 Trim Shown: 2011 Others
The M-Class has a roomy interior with seating for five and lots of cargo room. You could always count on the ML to ride and handle relatively well, but some interior materials were flimsy. The 2006 redesign brought more powerful V6 and V8 engines, a much better interior, and a seven-speed automatic -- one that sometimes hesitated to shift. Controls are confusing. Some drivers consistently mistook the cruise-control lever with the turn-signal stalk. Other ergonomic gripes include dash illumination controls that require reaching through the steering wheel.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $17,500 - $34,700 $14,540 - $31,195
2010 $15,200 - $29,275 $12,260 - $25,875
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2009 $13,975 - $26,350 $11,060 - $22,980
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2008 $12,475 - $20,175 $9,605 - $16,990
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2007 $10,300 - $16,375 $7,490 - $13,265
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2006 $8,425 - $8,975 $5,740 - $6,240
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1998-2005
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2005 Trim Shown: 2005 Sport Utility
Introduced for 1998, the M-Class is built in Alabama. The initial model was the ML320, powered by a 3.2-liter V6. A V8-powered ML430 debuted for 1999, and a high-performance ML55 was introduced for 2000. The M-Class has a fully independent suspension and a full-time 4WD system. The ML320 we tested in 1998 rode and handled well. It has unusually roomy seating for five and lots of cargo room. Six-cylinder fuel economy is good for a vehicle of this size and weight. The V8s are stronger but thirsty.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $6,025 - $6,550 $3,485 - $3,985
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2004 $5,275 - $5,775 $2,775 - $3,225
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2003 $4,975 - $5,875 $2,475 - $3,355
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2002 $4,450 - $5,075 $2,010 - $2,605
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2001 N/A N/A
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2000 N/A N/A
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