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2013 Mercedes M-Class ML 350 BLUE TEC SUV

2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review

(0 Stars)  A middle-of-the-pack mid-sizer.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The M-class was new for 2012 and is now available in a full range of variants for 2013: rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, gas V-6 or diesel V-6, and two wickedly fast V-8 models. The new off-road package makes any non-AMG M-class trailworthy, with air springs, a two-speed transfer case, a differential lock, and six transmission settings.
Overview
The ML350 BlueTec’s turbo-diesel engine boasts impressive output numbers and respectable fuel economy 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. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the V-8 models, either. Regardless of engine, all M-class models use a seven-speed automatic transmission that shifts smartly and quickly. The top-tier AMG model is fortified with a standard air suspension, adaptive dampers, and an active antiroll-bar system. With the exception of the ML63 model, handling is merely mediocre for the M-class. The 5000-pound ML takes its time to change direction and settle into a turn. If you’re buying for comfort, however, the ML delivers a smooth and quiet ride that stands up well to what its rivals offer. The M-class 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. The ML offers seating for five, but Mercedes representatives say a third row is in the works.

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2013 ML 350 BLUE TEC SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.0L BlueTEC® V 6 DOHC
Diesel fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 20 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 23 MPG combined and 637 mi. range
Diesel common rail fuel injection
27.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 240 hp @ 3,600 rpm; 455 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm

'13 Mercedes ML 350 BLUE TEC 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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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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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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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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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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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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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
  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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