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2012 Mercedes M-Class ML 350 BLUE TEC SUV

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review

(0 Stars)  A mild-mannered mid-size SUV

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Overview
The ML350 BlueTec's turbo-diesel engine boasts impressive output numbers (240 hp and455 lb-ft) and respectable fuel economy (20/25 mpg) but is crippled by a narrow band of usable thrust. The engine is laggy on the low end and wheezy in the upper registers, so passing requires forethought and attention to what gear you're in. The traditional gasoline V-6 responds much more quickly and has a broader torque peak near the top end, which makes it far more enjoyable to drive. Both cars use a revised version of the seven-speed automatic transmission, which contributes to the ML's fuel-economy improvements. Handling is merely mediocre for the class, with the 5000-pound diesel taking its time to change directions and settle into a turn. The $5150 dynamic handling package adds air springs and a hydraulically actuated antiroll bar that results in improved handling in sport mode, but it still allows an unusual amount of body roll. If you're buying for comfort, however, the ML delivers with a smooth and quiet ride that stands up to its rivals'. The new M-class also makes a number of concessions to American frivolity with optional heated and cooled cupholders, hands-free parallel parking, and available iPad docking stations for rear-seat passengers. Like the outgoing car, the new ML offers seating for only five, but Mercedes-Benz representatives say a third row is in the works.

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2012 ML 350 BLUE TEC SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.0L BlueTEC V 6 DOHC
Diesel fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 541 mi. range
Diesel common rail fuel injection
24.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 240 hp @ 3,600 rpm; 455 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm

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'12 Mercedes ML 350 BLUE TEC SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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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 Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Knee Air Bag
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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
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Heated Front Seats
  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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