2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

At a Glance

Pricing $47,270 - $96,100
Drive Types RWD, AWD
Engines 3.0l V6 T D, 3.5l V6, 4.7l V8 T, 5.5l V8 T
Transmissions A7
Fuel Economy 13-20 (city), 17-28 (highway)

The M-Class was the first mainstream SUV from Mercedes-Benz. Now in its third generation, the M-Class is primarily a road-oriented SUV with car-like ride and handling. Competitors in this segment include the BMW X5, Infiniti FX, Cadillac SRX, Porsche Cayenne, and Lincoln MKX. Mercedes-Benz offers the base ML350 with a 3.5L V-6 rated at 302-bhp. A standard 7-speed automatic is optimized for maximum fuel economy. Buyers looking to further improve their fuel economy can opt for the ML350 BLUETEC diesel model which is rated at 20 MPG City, 27 MPG Highway. The M-Class is also offered with two different V8 engines. The ML550 equips a 4.7l V8 rated at 402-bhp, whereas the AMG performance model of the series equips a 518-bhp hand built 5.5l V8. Pricing starts at about $50,000 and does not include leather upholstery.

What Changed:

The M-Class adds a rear-wheel-drive ML350 model. An updated telematics system becomes standard equipment.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
ML350 3.5l V6 (302-bhp) A7 RWD $47,270
ML350 Leather 3.5l V6 (302-bhp) A7 RWD $48,890
ML350 4MATIC 3.5l V6 (302-bhp) A7 AWD $49,770
ML350 4MATIC Leather 3.5l V6 (302-bhp) A7 AWD $51,390
ML350 BlueTec 4MATIC 3.0l V6 T D (240-bhp) A7 AWD TBD
ML350 BlueTec 4MATIC Leather 3.0l V6 T D (240-bhp) A7 AWD TBD
ML550 4MATIC 4.7l V8 T (402-bhp) A7 AWD $58,800
ML550 4MATIC Leather 4.7l V8 T (402-bhp) A7 AWD $60,420
ML63 AMG 5.5l V8 T (518-bhp) A7 AWD $96,100