Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Base MSRP price range:
$48,300 - $98,400
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Ratings Category: Luxury sport-utility vehicles
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class Overview

The M-Class is very refined, with a quiet, vaultlike cabin; meticulous attention to detail; and excellent seats. Its gasoline V6 delivers smooth and powerful acceleration. Other available engines include a turbocharged V6 and the 518-hp V8 AMG. A new 2.1-liter turbo four-cylinder diesel replaces the V6 turbodiesel for 2015. Handling is responsive, but it is let down by vague steering and doesn't shine at its cornering limits. There's an underlying firmness to the ride, but it's steady and supple. A few of the controls take some time to get used to. Towing capacity is plentiful, particularly for a luxury SUV. Reliability has dropped to below average. Expect a redesigned ML this summer that will offer a variety of powertrains and a new name: GLE.

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