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2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, The newest model, the hybrid, uses a 275-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and two electric motors, with a fuel economy of 21 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The M-Class is available with a new paint color, Diamond White Metallic, new LED daytime running lights are available, side mirrors were redesigned, rearview mirror now includes a compass, and blind spot assist and rearview camera are available.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class entered its second generation in 2006; the SUV had a change of platform so that it has a unibody construction. Thus, the quality of the ride was improved. Such changes caused Mercedes-Benz to also make changes at the plant where the vehicle was assembled.

Already a top seller, the carmaker decided it wanted to make even more changes in the M-Class. At first, the vehicle was offered with two different motors. In the 2011 models, it is offered with five options. Engine options include the 6.2-Liter V-8 AMG, 503 hp motor, the 5.5-Liter V-8, 382 hp motor, the 3.5-Liter V-6 hybrid, 275 hp motor, the gas operated 3.5-Liter V-6, 268 hp motor, and the 3.0-Liter diesel-operated V-6, 210 engine. The hybrid engine is married to the eight-speed CVT, and all other engines are married to the seven-speed auto tranny.

Regrettably, the carmaker may have improved the ride, but it hasn’t improved the SUV’s off-road handling. Nevertheless, the vehicle sells well. The M-Class is practical, dependable, and it can tow 7200 pounds too. A 2012 redesign is scheduled.

The M-Clas has more creases and curves than the rest of the company’s SUV lineup. Its lines are not as sporty as those of the hot-rod Infiniti FX, but flashier than the Lexus RX. Power front seats, power tilt sunroof, DVD video/audio, 6.5-inch COMAND screen, and Bluetooth are standard on all M-Class models. Heated front and rear seats, three-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, and rear-seat entertainment are available.

The diesel, which puts out 400 pound-feet of torque, gets the ML350 BlueTEC to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. The ML350 got to that same speed in 7.7 seconds. It’s also offered with adjustable shocks and air suspension. The M-Class feels solid, predictable, and consistent on the road, yet it’s not a vehicle that creates all that exhilarating a driving experience. Eight airbags — including dual front, window curtain, and rear side — are standard, as is the Pre-Safe system, stability control with trailer stability assist, traction control, rollover sensors, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist.

Bodystyles: SUV
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 3.5L V-6, 3.5L V-6 w/ two electric motors, 5.5L V-8, 6.2L V-8
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: ML350 BlueTEC 4Matic, ML350 4Matic, ML450 Hybrid, ML550 4Matic, ML63 AMG

EPA Fuel Economy
ML350: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
ML350 4Matic: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway
ML350 BlueTEC 4Matic: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
ML450 Hybrid: 21 mpg city/24 mpg highway
ML550 4Matic: 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway
ML63: 10 mpg city/14 mpg highway

Price : $46,490 – $92,590

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