New Benz M-Class SUVs: Classy Trail Cars

Mercedes-Benz ML350 4MATIC, front

The old M-Class has been around for 13 years and always seemed boxy and too truck-like for Mercedes-Benz. The new version has redesigned most everything and rectified these faults.

It’s the car I want (and can’t afford) for traveling over and through Mexican potholes and speed bumps, driving the autopistas (tollways), and the many all-too-common dirt roads. Yeah, I’d settle for the B-Class, but this car has much more class.

The price holds to last year’s: The standard ML350 4Matic AWD costs $49,865. Power source is a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. But, for only $1,500 more, you can get the BlueTec 3-liter turbodiesel, which will perform just as well (240 hp, 455 lb-ft of torque) and give better fuel economy (20/25 mpg).

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