3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC

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MPG 20 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Many powertrain options
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Impressive towing capability
  • Many standard safety features
Cons
  • Rear visibility somewhat limited
  • Leather interior not standard
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The Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC has all of the M-Class virtues?plus much better fuel economy.

Introduction

Mercedes-Benz's ML350 has long been a comfortable and capable luxury SUV—the ML350 BlueTEC adds more fuel efficiency to an excellent all-around package. So, in addition to being economical for this class of vehicle, it offers lots of space and comfort for five passengers, and the security of all-wheel drive for those who travel in harsh weather.

A 3-liter turbo-diesel V6 that produces 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque is standard, as is a seven-speed automatic transmission. Also included are: 19-inch alloy wheels; automatic headlamps; front fog lights; a sunroof; a power liftgate; synthetic leather upholstery; power and heated front seats; dual-zone automatic climate control; power windows, locks and heated mirrors; cruise control; a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel; and an eight-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, an HD radio and a USB input controlled through the COMAND infotainment system that also incorporates mbrace, Mercedes-Benz's telematics system that's similar to OnStar.

Available options include: a backup camera; panoramic moonroof; navigation system; blind-spot and lane-departure warning; xenon headlamps; an air suspension; and a DVD rear entertainment system.

The ML350 BlueTEC sticks close to traditional Mercedes-Benz values by being a solid and luxurious vehicle that can handle the demands of its upscale clientele. It looks good parked outside a yacht club, but offers a long cruising range for family trips, and even the ability to tow that boat. It's also available with the safety features one expects Mercedes-Benz to offer. In the world of luxury crossovers, it's definitely one to check out.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC
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2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC Base

Recommended for: Buyers who want a luxurious, fuel-efficient crossover.

The ML350 BlueTEC comes standard with a 3-liter turbo-diesel V6 that produces 240 horsepower, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes: power windows, locks and mirrors; 19-inch alloy wheels; LED running lights and taillights; roof rails; trailer stability assist; MB-Tex upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control; heated and powered front seats; split-folding rear seats; a sunroof; a power liftgate; and the COMAND infotainment system with mbrace telematics, Bluetooth, iPod interface and HD radio.

Package 1 adds navigation with 10GB of music storage, a satellite radio, voice activation, power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a memory function for the driver, power folding side mirrors and a backup camera. The Lighting Package includes adaptive xenon headlamps with headlamp washers.

Leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure assist, keyless entry and start, and a panoramic roof are also available.

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