I suppose the best way to think of an
ML is that it's the least "Mercedes"
Mercedes. A lower quality fit and
finish is an obvious compromise in
getting the price to the mid $30's.
First, the ML is safer than most SUVs
because of superb braking, multiple
airbags (my 2000 ML has six), ESP
(electronic stability program), and very
The cabin offers fewer frills, but
really only fails in the all important
cup holder department.
Operationally, the biggest improvement
I can think of would be a larger gas
tank for a little better range and
fewer fill ups.
Safety and handling and Bose radio.
Bigger gas tank, mud flaps, cup
holders, and that's about it.