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2011 Mercedes M-Class ML 350 SUV

2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review

(3 Stars)  Solid SUV ready for a restyle

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Overview
The Mercedes M class is one of the older entries in the midsize luxury SUV segment. What is now a terribly competitive segment was so in 1994 when the M class was introduced. It rode on the same general truck like platform for 12 years. By the time a full refresh came in 2006, the M was showing its age. This combined with the change in the segment over that same time period, specifically that there were so many newer, stronger competitors by 2006. Its refresh was extensive. Moving to unibody construction was a major improvement in many areas. A new, higher quality interior is also noteworthy.

All M class trim levels come with full time four wheel drive, except for the ML350 which is a rear wheel drive only model. The ML350 Bluetec has a 3.0 liter turbo diesel engine which makes 210 Hp. The ML350 is powered by a 268 HP, 3.5 liter V-6. The ML450 is a hybrid design delivering 275 HP. The ML550 ups the ante to 382 HP from its 5.5 liter V-8 engine. The top end engine for the M class is found in the ML63 AMG, at 6.2 liters, this V-8 generates 503 HP. The entire line shares a 7 speed automatic, except for the hybrid.

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2011 ML 350 SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 17 MPG combined and 427 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
25.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 268 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 258 ft lb of torque @ 2,400 rpm

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'11 Mercedes ML 350 SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Hill Decent Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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DVD Entertainment
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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