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Used Car: 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review

Review Last Updated: 10/29/14

According to automotive critics, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has an opulent cabin and strong acceleration with either of its available V8 engines or diesel engine.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 comes with a V6 engine that reviewers said delivers sufficient power in all situations. The ML350 BlueTec has a turbodiesel V6, and test drivers reported that it delivers strong acceleration. The ML550 and performance-oriented ML63 AMG have twin-turbo V8s, and reviewers reported that the AMG model is incredibly quick. All models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The ML350 comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on the ML350 and standard on all other models. The base 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 gets an EPA-estimated 18/23 mpg city/highway, which is typical for a 2013 midsize SUV. The diesel-powered ML350 BlueTec gets 20/28 mpg, which is very good for the class. Test drivers reported that the M-Class has a stable, composed ride. They said it has controlled body motions through turns, but its steering isn't very communicative and it isn't as fun or engaging to drive as some rivals.

Automotive journalists agree that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class' cabin has handsome, first-rate materials and an opulent design. The M-Class seats five people in two rows. With the back row folded, the ML350 can hold up to 80.3 cubic feet of cargo, which is good for the class. The front seats are supportive, spacious and offer good forward visibility, reviewers noted. They added that the back seats have lots of legroom. The 2013 M-Class comes standard with a power sunroof, a power liftgate, Bluetooth, a USB port and MercedesCOMAND infotainment system. Available features include leather seats, a rearview camera, navigation, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a Harman Kardon audio system, a Bang and Olufsen audio system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg TDI has a diesel engine and gets very good fuel economy for the class. Test drivers liked the Touareg’s handsome cabin and communicative steering.

According to auto writers, the 2013 Infiniti FX has agile handling and sharp steering, and is one of the most fun vehicles to drive in the class. The FX50 has a V8 engine, and test drivers said it is very quick off the line.

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