2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML500 4dr SUV AWD (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
Its too early to judge performance, fuel economy or reliability. The biggest disappointment so far is the navigation system. The nav system in my 2005 Lexus SC430 is a Rolex compared to the Timex quality unit in the Mercedes. Also, there is no bluetooth option for cell phones.
It accelerates quickly and smoothy, and does not have the truck-like ride that many SUVs have.
1. Get a Denso navigation system instead of the Alpine unit in the vehicle; 2. Offer a back up camera with the nav system; 3. Use a heavier weave carpet in the storage area instead of velour.