2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class  -  $48,175


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $48,175
Base Invoice: $44,866
Destination Charge: $905
Options: $0
Trim: RWD 4dr ML350
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 20 | City: 18 | Hwy: 23
Body Style: ML350 SUV
Transmission: Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission w/steering wheel shift paddles
Engine: 3.5L DOHC DI 24-valve V6 engine

Pros

Strong, smooth powertrains; good fuel-efficiency among sport utilities; world-class safety technology; comfortable seating for five adults; plush luxury feel; quiet cabins


Model News

After its redesign last year, Mercedes-Benz has continued to improve on the M-Class. This year a rear-wheel-drive model has been added to the lineup as has an off road package which promises to increase the capabilities of the already rock-solid SUV. Safety has been improved with the addition of a collision prevention system, while optional massaging seats round out the notable changes for 2013.


Value Writeup

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is one of the most refined, yet safest and most comfortable luxury SUVs available. It's also surprisingly fuel-efficient--especially in ML350 BlueTEC diesel guise. The M-Class' interior has much-improved materials and detailing compared to the previous version, and it's now one of the most lavish cabins in its class.

An off-road package allows several different modes for different types of trail driving is available and allows for ground clearance of up to 11.2 inches and a water-fording depth of 23.6 inches. The package also includes a locking center differential and a two speed transfer case.


Model Highlights

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is available in two different models: a gasoline-powered ML350 and a diesel ML350 BlueTEC. Both models are available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and share a very strong feature set.

ML350 models come with a new-generation 3.5L, 60-degree V6 engine that's even smoother than the previous 90-degree V6 design. The engine uses high-pressure direct injection, as well as a number of other improvements to produce 302 horsepower while also returning about 2 miles per gallon better (17 mpg city, 22 highway) than last year's gasoline M-Class. The ML350 BlueTEC model comes with a new version of the luxury automaker's turbo-diesel V6 engine--this time making 240 horsepower, as well as an extremely impressive 455 pound-feet of torque and a fuel economy rating of 20/25 mpg.

For both engines, a 7-speed automatic transmission is included, and it has a lot to do with both the improved efficiency and quicker personality on the road for both of these powertrains. On diesel models, special electronically mapped hydraulic engine mounts make the BlueTEC driving experience far smoother than virtually any other diesel.

If you're willing to spend tens of thousands more, the 2013 ML63 AMG delivers track-ready performance without sacrificing all that much comfort. The ML63 features a 518-horsepower, 5.5L twin-turbo V8--which makes 550 hp with an available Performance Package. With it, zero to 60 takes just 4.6 seconds and top speed is 174 mph. That top package comes with details such as a carbon-fiber engine cover, painted brake calipers and a special steering wheel.

The M-Class models have only two rows of seating and can accommodate up to five adults. They're packaged much like other SUVs, which is to say that rear seatbacks fold forward--along with the lower cushions here--to expand the cargo space up to 71 cubic feet. When the center position of the back seat isn't being used, there's a fold-down center armrest and cupholder, and all four outboard positions in the M-Class are excellent and supportive--contoured for adults and comfortable enough for all-day travel. Upholstery is available either in a combination of MB Tex synthetic and a microfiber, or in all-leather.

Ride quality of the M-Class is smooth, quiet and absorbent, yet steering response is quite sharp. That's made possible through a combination of technologies. An AIRMATIC air suspension keeps the body motion under control, while a new Active Damping System makes fine adjustments at the wheels and the Active Curve System works with both systems for better stability. All of those technologies are included with the Dynamic Handling Package.

Among the M-Class' many active and passive safety features offered are Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, a Night View Assist night-vision system with pedestrian detection, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, a PRE-SAFE Brake system that will help brake if a collision is anticipated and a special lighting package. Attention Assist studies patterns in the driver's fine steering adjustments, can identify fatigue and drowsiness, chiming and flashing a coffee cup icon on the instrument panel.

A revised version of the automaker's COMAND screen-based interface is standard, including a 7-inch display, Bluetooth audio and hands-free calling, cover-art display, a USB port and a 6-disc changer. Meanwhile, the instrument cluster has its own reconfigurable, 4.5-inch display. With the Premium I Package a navigation system with 3D city models and Sirius traffic and weather integration is included. A special dealer-installed iPad docking station also lets you use your iPad as an entertainment device, integrated with the audio system.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.1

EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
23 MPG

Cruising Range - City
498.60 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
18 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
637.10 mi

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
3.5L/213

Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 3500

Trans Type
7

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.67

Total Cooling System Capacity
10.0 qts

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
132.7 ft³

Front Head Room
40.4 in

Front Leg Room
40.3 in

Front Shoulder Room
58.5 in

Front Hip Room
58.3 in

Second Head Room
38.5 in

Second Leg Room
38.4 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.4 in

Second Hip Room
58.3 in

Wheelbase
114.8 in

Length, Overall
189.1 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
84.3 in

Height, Overall
70.7 in

Track Width, Front
64.7 in

Track Width, Rear
65.2 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.4 in

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1
75.0 in

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2
41.9 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
80.3 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
38.2 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4652 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Front Tire Size
P255/50R19

Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
19 x 8.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
19 x 8.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.7 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.0 x 1.3 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 x 0.6 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
27.7 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
4

Drivetrain Miles/km
50,000

Corrosion Years
4

Corrosion Miles/km
50,000

Roadside Assistance Years
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
Unlimited

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
12E028000

Mfg's Report Date
AUG 08, 2012

Component
EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected
8,675

Summary
Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain accessory all-season floor mats sold for use in model year 2012 and 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class vehicles. This all-season floor mat may not fully conform to the contour of the vehicle's floor plan as intended. Clearance between the mat and the gas pedal may be reduced, possibly allowing the pedal to become trapped.

Consequence
This interference could prevent the gas pedal from retracting and the vehicle may not decelerate as expected when the driver lifts their foot from the gas pedal, which could increase the risk of a crash. Should the pedal become trapped, steady application of the brakes will allow the vehicle to be brought to a stop.

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the floor mats free of charge. Until replacement mats become available, consumers are advised to remove their floor mats from the vehicle. The safety recall is expected to begin during September 2012. Only vehicles equipped with the accessory floor mats are affected. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz for more information at 1-800-367-6372.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
19.8%

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

3.5L DOHC DI 24-valve V6 engine

Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission w/steering wheel shift paddles

Rear wheel drive

Stainless steel skid plates

AGILITY CONTROL suspension system

Independent double wishbone front suspension w/anti-dive geometry

Independent 4-arm multi-link rear suspension -inc: anti-squat geometry, alignment control

Front/rear stabilizer bar

Electro-mechanical rack & pinion steering

Pwr ventilated front & solid rear disc brakes

Vehicle tool kit

19" x 8.0" twin 5-spoke aluminum wheels

P255/50R19 all-season tires

Compact spare tire w/steel wheel

Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/sunshade -inc: 1-touch open/close

Chrome roof rails

Rear lip spoiler

Automatic headlamps

LED tail lamps

Rear fog lamp

Pwr heated mirrors

Privacy glass for rear windows

Rain-sensing intermittent wipers

Rear intermittent wiper w/washer

Pwr tailgate

COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: AM/FM/Weatherband stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer, 7" display, Bluetooth hands-free communication system, SD card reader, USB port, 8-speaker sound system, speed-sensitive volume, 10-gigabyte hard drive, HD Radio, voice control

MB-Tex seat trim

8-way pwr front bucket seats w/pwr driver lumbar

Active front head restraints

Heated front seats

60/40-split flat-folding rear seat

Center console -inc: dual cupholders

Velour floor mats

Leather-wrapped 4-way tilt/telescopic multi-function steering wheel w/shift paddles

Twin-gauge instrument cluster w/4.5" info display -inc: speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer, coolant temp, trip computer

Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders

Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down

SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking

SmartKey infrared remote -inc: tailgate open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock

Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener

Cruise control

Anti-theft alarm system w/engine immobilizer

Dual-zone auto climate control -inc: charcoal activated dust & pollen filter

Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff

Eucalyptus wood trim

Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Night security illumination w/locator lighting

Retractable cargo cover

Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system (BAS)

Adaptive brakes -inc: brake drying, brake hold, pre-charging, hill start assist

Electronic stability program (ESP) w/trailer stability assist

Electronic traction system (ETS)

Roll-over sensors

LED daytime running lamps

Front/rear crumple zones

Front dual-stage airbags w/adaptive front passenger airbag

Driver knee airbag

Front passenger occupant classification system

Front/rear side-impact airbags

Front/rear side-impact air curtains

mbrace in-vehicle services -inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification, (6) months Hughes Telematics service

PRE-SAFE brake

POST-SAFE accident response -inc: auto door unlock, engine/fuel cutoff

Collision prevention assist

ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness monitor

All-position 3-point seat belts -inc: emergency tensioning device, outboard belt force limiters

Child safety rear door locks

Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system

Tire pressure monitoring system

 
BLACK
$0

 
ARCTIC WHITE
$0

 
OBSIDIAN BLACK METALLIC
$720

 
DAKOTA BROWN METALLIC
$720

 
CINNABAR RED METALLIC
$720

 
LUNAR BLUE METALLIC
$720

 
PEARL BEIGE METALLIC
$720

 
STEEL GREY METALLIC
$720

 
IRIDIUM SILVER METALLIC
$720

 
PALLADIUM SILVER METALLIC
$720

 
DIAMOND WHITE METALLIC
$1,515

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
BLACK, MB-TEX SEAT TRIM
$0

 
ALMOND BEIGE, MB-TEX SEAT TRIM
$0

 
GREY, MB-TEX SEAT TRIM
$0

 
BLACK, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$1,620

 
ALMOND BEIGE, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$1,620

 
GREY, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$1,620

 
AUBURN BROWN, DESIGNO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$4,600

 
BLACK, DESIGNO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$4,600

 
PORCELAIN, DESIGNO LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$4,600

 
PREMIUM 1 PKG
$3,700

 
DRIVER ASSISTANCE PKG
$2,800

 
LIGHTING PKG
$1,290

 
LANE TRACKING PKG
$850

 
ON/OFF-ROAD PKG
$3,500

 
ACCESSORY CHROME PKG
$250

 
TRAILER HITCH
$550

 
20" X 8.0" TWIN 5-SPOKE ALUMINUM WHEELS
$750

 
WHEEL LOCKING BOLTS
$140

 
PANORAMA SUNROOF
$1,090

 
BRUSHED ALUMINUM RUNNING BOARDS
$670

 
ILLUMINATION KIT FOR RUNNING BOARDS
$650

 
HARMAN/KARDON SOUND SYSTEM
$810

 
REAR SEAT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
$1,950

 
REAR SEAT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM PRE-WIRING
$170

 
MULTI-CONTOUR FRONT PWR BUCKET SEATS
$1,100

 
HEATED REAR SEATS
$620

 
WOOD & LEATHER-WRAPPED MULTI-FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL
$590

 
DESIGNO WOOD & LEATHER-WRAPPED MULTI-FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL
$1,050

 
HEATED MULTIFUNCTION STEERING WHEEL
$225

 
KEYLESS-GO
$650

 
BURL WALNUT WOOD TRIM
$0

 
DESIGNO BLACK PIANO LACQUER WOOD TRIM
$1,600

 
MULTI-COLOR AMBIENT LIGHTING
$310

 
PARKTRONIC W/ACTIVE PARKING ASSIST
$970


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