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AWD 4dr Man
  • AWD 4dr Turbo
  • AWD 4dr Man
  • AWD 4dr Tiptronic
  • AWD 4dr S
  • AWD 4dr S Hybrid
AWD 4dr SUV
  • AWD 4dr SUV
  • AWD 4dr SUV
  • AWD 4dr SUV
  • AWD 4dr SUV
  • AWD 4dr SUV
ML350 RWD SUV
  • ML350 RWD SUV
  • ML350 SUV
  • ML350 BlueTEC SUV
  • ML450 Hybrid SUV
  • ML550 SUV
  • ML63 AMG

Prices

MSRP $47,700 $46,300 $46,490
Invoice $42,750 $42,595 $43,236
Avg. Paid $44,041 $31,721 $27,229

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.7 7.7 8.1
Critics' Rating 7.8 7.8 8.7
Performance 8.6 8.4 7.9
Interior 8.3 7.9 8.0
Operating Cost 6.7 7.0 6.9
Safety N/A 9.4 9.4
Reliability 3.0 3.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Excellent handling
  • Powerful available engines
  • Beautiful interior
  • Fuel-efficient hybrid trim
  • Great handling
  • Good safety scores
  • Above-average fuel economy from diesel model
  • Very quick M model
  • Mercedes-Benz brand prestige
  • Upscale interior
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy from most trims
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Sporty ride may be too stiff
  • Low reliability rating
  • Poor fuel economy in non-diesel models
  • Tiny third-row seats
  • Powerful engines are gas-guzzlers
  • Not many standard features

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.6L/220 Turbocharged Gas I6 3.0L/182 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 15 City / 22 Hwy 16 City / 23 Hwy 16 City / 20 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 114.0 115.5 114.7
Length, Overall (in) 190.8 191.2 188.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 76.1 76.3
Height, Overall (in) 67.4 69.9 71.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Optional Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional Standard
Running Boards Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4398 4960 4632

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Optional Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Power Liftgate Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Optional Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 102.4 132.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 36.6 39.9
Front Leg Room (in) - TBD - 40.0 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 60.0 59.8
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 58.3
Second Head Room (in) - TBD - 39.3 39.8
Second Leg Room (in) - TBD - 36.6 40.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) - TBD - 58.0 59.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 58.3
Third Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 62.9 61.8 72.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 23.7 21.9 29.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Optional
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Optional
Entertainment System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Optional Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Standard

Seats

Leather Seats Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional
All Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.6L/220 3.0L/182 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 300 @ 6300 300 @ 5800 268 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 295 @ 3000 300 @ 1200-5000 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Transmission Manual w/OD Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 39.1 42.0 37.9

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 16 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 23 20
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.4 22.5 25.1

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional
Air Suspension Optional
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Wishbone Double Wishbone w/stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Integral 4-Arm multilink w/stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard