Mercedes-Benz M-Class


2012-2015
2012 Redesign Year
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 got a nomenclature change to GLE.
$19,050 - $34,600
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$17,375 - $29,875
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$15,475 - $25,975
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$14,175 - $23,400
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2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
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.
$9,550 - $18,375
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$8,650 - $15,750
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$7,875 - $13,725
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$7,025 - $11,725
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$6,400 - $10,275
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$5,925 - $6,175
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1998-2005
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.
$4,550 - $4,775
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$4,050 - $4,250
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$3,775 - $4,550
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$3,550 - $4,300
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$3,500 - $4,175
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$3,500 - $4,100
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