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in 2009 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $21,223 - $26,538
Original MSRP: $47,100 - $55,800
MPG: 15 City / 20 Hwy
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2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Interior

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On the inside, the 2009 M-Class is luxurious and accommodating. For 2009, it received a modified cabin design and entertainment systems. Auto writers praised the front seats but had mixed reactions about the rear seats.

  • "Inside, the ML is available with richer materials, including full leather stitching for the dash. There's a new steering wheel, a new seat design, and, more important, the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz's telematics system, including the logical Comand interface that debuted on the S-class. Hurray for that." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Very accommodating with exceptional space for the front seats, a bit less so in the rear. Fitted with leather and wood trim, the cabin felt solid and luxurious." -- Arizona Republic
  • "Most importantly, Mercedes says it has changed the old version's abysmal infotainment unit to a new array of three different choices. We're hoping the new systems are more akin to the ones in the new C-Class." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside the ML receives a sportier seat design, four-stage power lumbar support for the driver, a four-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles and new door trim." -- MSN

Seating

Reviewers found the M-Class' front seats comfortable and spacious, though the rear seats are a bit cramped. The SUV is no longer offered with a third-row seat.

  • "The quiet, upscale interior has good room for four tall adults." -- MSN
  • "The seats, which were enough to make you loathe the previous version, are inviting and accommodating. ... It's easy to find a proper driving position, one that doesn't leave your arms too close and your legs too far, or vice versa." -- USA Today
  • "The seats are supportive and comfortable, except for a hard seat back in the center rear position." -- Cars.com
  • "Front passengers enjoy roomy, generally supportive seats. Good side bolstering requires the multi-contour power seats, which have a tacked-on control pod that looks incongruous and intrudes on some testers' leg space. Entry and exit are a bit steep when compared to other premium midsize crossover SUVs." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

For 2009, the M-Class received design modifications in the cabin. Still, while reviewers widely praised the interior controls, some found them overly complicated. The 2009 model has a long list of standard interior features, including a line-in jack in the glovebox, four 12-volt power outlets, an AM/FM/weather band radio, a single-disc CD player, eight speakers, power windows, dual-zone climate controls and eight-way power-adjustable seats in cloth or leather.

  • "Operation of the audio system seemed too complex, especially the process of loading and unloading CDs. Too many buttons to push for a simple function." -- Arizona Republic
  • "The Comand interface -- which controls the navigation system, stereo and other functions -- has been upgraded with better menus and additional features. MP3 players can be attached to the surround-sound stereo. A backseat video system with wireless headphones is also optional." -- Cars.com
  • "A new multimedia head unit includes a more colorful display, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity." -- MSN
  • "The integrated DVD player comes with two sets of wireless headphones and two remote controls, thus freeing you from the burden of talking to your rear seat passengers. Door linings are now trimmed in man-made leather and the redesigned four-spoke steering wheel has shift paddles and multifunction controls that are supposedly easier to use." -- Truck Trend
  • "Dashboards feature an upscale blend of business-like gauges and sophisticated-looking controls. Some control icons, though, are cryptic, and the steering wheel suffers from too many buttons." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There were so many techie features in the ML, including an iPod/MP3 media interface, in-dash SD memory card reader and Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling. I generally struggle with this stuff, but the Comand system was easier to use than most, and I figured it out quickly." -- Mother Proof

Cargo

The M-Class has 29.4 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. The rear seat flips forward and folds flat to enlarge the cargo area to 72.4 cubic feet, which is more than a BMW X3 or X5, Cadillac SRX or Volkswagen Touareg, but less than a Lincoln Aviator or Cadillac Escalade.

  • "The cargo space benefits from the '06's larger size, seeming generous, though it isn't class-leading." -- USA Today
  • "Huge space behind the rear seat is easy to load with luggage, and overall construction feels solid." -- Cars.com
  • "The tall, broad cargo bay affords plenty of space with the rear seats in use. The seatbacks fold easily without removing the headrests to create a long, flat load floor, but not until the seat cushions have been tipped forward." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We expect a midsize SUV to have plenty of club storage space, but the ML doesn't provide enough horizontal room for even a compact carry bag. Depending on the length of your driver, you might have trouble fitting your bag lengthwise as well, leaving you with two options - go diagonal, or fold down one of the rear seatbacks." -- Edmunds

On the inside, the 2009 M-Class is luxurious and accommodating. For 2009, it received a modified cabin design and entertainment systems. Auto writers praised the front seats but had mixed reactions about the rear seats.

  • "Inside, the ML is available with richer materials, including full leather stitching for the dash. There's a new steering wheel, a new seat design, and, more important, the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz's telematics system, including the logical Comand interface that debuted on the S-class. Hurray for that." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Very accommodating with exceptional space for the front seats, a bit less so in the rear. Fitted with leather and wood trim, the cabin felt solid and luxurious." -- Arizona Republic
  • "Most importantly, Mercedes says it has changed the old version's abysmal infotainment unit to a new array of three different choices. We're hoping the new systems are more akin to the ones in the new C-Class." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside the ML receives a sportier seat design, four-stage power lumbar support for the driver, a four-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles and new door trim." -- MSN

Seating

Reviewers found the M-Class' front seats comfortable and spacious, though the rear seats are a bit cramped. The SUV is no longer offered with a third-row seat.

  • "The quiet, upscale interior has good room for four tall adults." -- MSN
  • "The seats, which were enough to make you loathe the previous version, are inviting and accommodating. ... It's easy to find a proper driving position, one that doesn't leave your arms too close and your legs too far, or vice versa." -- USA Today
  • "The seats are supportive and comfortable, except for a hard seat back in the center rear position." -- Cars.com
  • "Front passengers enjoy roomy, generally supportive seats. Good side bolstering requires the multi-contour power seats, which have a tacked-on control pod that looks incongruous and intrudes on some testers' leg space. Entry and exit are a bit steep when compared to other premium midsize crossover SUVs." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

For 2009, the M-Class received design modifications in the cabin. Still, while reviewers widely praised the interior controls, some found them overly complicated. The 2009 model has a long list of standard interior features, including a line-in jack in the glovebox, four 12-volt power outlets, an AM/FM/weather band radio, a single-disc CD player, eight speakers, power windows, dual-zone climate controls and eight-way power-adjustable seats in cloth or leather.

  • "Operation of the audio system seemed too complex, especially the process of loading and unloading CDs. Too many buttons to push for a simple function." -- Arizona Republic
  • "The Comand interface -- which controls the navigation system, stereo and other functions -- has been upgraded with better menus and additional features. MP3 players can be attached to the surround-sound stereo. A backseat video system with wireless headphones is also optional." -- Cars.com
  • "A new multimedia head unit includes a more colorful display, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity." -- MSN
  • "The integrated DVD player comes with two sets of wireless headphones and two remote controls, thus freeing you from the burden of talking to your rear seat passengers. Door linings are now trimmed in man-made leather and the redesigned four-spoke steering wheel has shift paddles and multifunction controls that are supposedly easier to use." -- Truck Trend
  • "Dashboards feature an upscale blend of business-like gauges and sophisticated-looking controls. Some control icons, though, are cryptic, and the steering wheel suffers from too many buttons." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There were so many techie features in the ML, including an iPod/MP3 media interface, in-dash SD memory card reader and Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling. I generally struggle with this stuff, but the Comand system was easier to use than most, and I figured it out quickly." -- Mother Proof

Cargo

The M-Class has 29.4 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. The rear seat flips forward and folds flat to enlarge the cargo area to 72.4 cubic feet, which is more than a BMW X3 or X5, Cadillac SRX or Volkswagen Touareg, but less than a Lincoln Aviator or Cadillac Escalade.

  • "The cargo space benefits from the '06's larger size, seeming generous, though it isn't class-leading." -- USA Today
  • "Huge space behind the rear seat is easy to load with luggage, and overall construction feels solid." -- Cars.com
  • "The tall, broad cargo bay affords plenty of space with the rear seats in use. The seatbacks fold easily without removing the headrests to create a long, flat load floor, but not until the seat cushions have been tipped forward." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We expect a midsize SUV to have plenty of club storage space, but the ML doesn't provide enough horizontal room for even a compact carry bag. Depending on the length of your driver, you might have trouble fitting your bag lengthwise as well, leaving you with two options - go diagonal, or fold down one of the rear seatbacks." -- Edmunds

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