Used 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Diesel

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2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Pros

  • Wide range of engines, comfortable for five, high-quality interior materials and construction, many updated entertainment and communications features.

Cons

  • Regular V6 is short on low-end torque, no third-row seat option, expensive for its segment.

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML550 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)
119,184 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML550
(1)
AUTO WISE
4.8 mi away
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML550 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)
84,888 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML550
Snap Car Buying
8.3 mi away
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
105,659 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML350 4MATIC
List$9,000
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML320 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)
87,303 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML320 BlueTEC
(3)
Fairfax Kia
15.4 mi away
List$16,785
Est.Loan: $306/mo
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
95,043 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML350 4MATIC
List$12,995
Est.Loan: $266/mo
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Dealer Notes
Premium Package, 2009 Mercedes ML350 Matic. Navigation & Rear Entertainment System, Iridium Silver Metallic w Ash Leather, , ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, AM/FM Stereo, Automatic Transmission, Auxiliary Audio Input, Bluetooth, CD Audio, Cruise Control, DVD Video System, Harman Kardon Sound, Leatherette Seat, Overhead Airbags, Power Liftgate/DeckLid, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Seat(s), Power Windows, Rear Defroster, Rear View Camera, Side Airbags, Sunroof(s), Tow Hitch, Traction Control
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
89,531 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML350 4MATIC
(1)
Perfect Auto
17.6 mi away
List$11,999
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Navigation, Bluetooth, Rearview camera, Logic 7 HK Premium sound, Sat Radio, Moon Roof, Heated Seats and many more options. Very good condition, well kept and comes with warranty.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML320 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)
97,494 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML320 BlueTEC
List$12,995
Est.Loan: $266/mo
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***DEALER SERVICED, ONE OWNER DIESEL.....................2009 MERCEDES ML320 BLUETEC DIESEL, ALL WHEEL DRIVE, BLACK WITH A BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, WOODGRAIN TRIM, NAVIGATION, HARMON KARDON SOUND SYSTEM, DUAL HEATED POWER SEATS WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT, POWER SUNROOF, DUAL AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROLS, POWER TAILGATE, KEYLESS ENTRY, LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL, TINTED GLASS, FOGLIGHTS, ROOFRACK, ALLOY WHEELS, 36 SERVICE RECORDS ON CARFAX, A MUST SEE VEHICLE***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
106,865 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML350 4MATIC
Prime Motors
24.1 mi away
List$12,995
Est.Loan: $266/mo
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
103,906 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML350
List$10,969
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Visit Koons Automotive of Woodbridge online at www.koonsofwoodbridge.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 571-285-3277 today to schedule your test drive.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
104,881 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML350 4MATIC
Trust Auto
34.7 mi away
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML320 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)
113,529 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML320 BlueTEC
List$12,250
Est.Loan: $250/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML550 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl 7A)
120,811 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML550
(2)
Car Legends
36.8 mi away
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Est.Loan: $245/mo
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
110,165 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML350 4MATIC
List$11,895
Est.Loan: $243/mo
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 ML320 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)
93,849 miles
Used 2009
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
ML320 BlueTEC
List$12,905
Est.Loan: $264/mo
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Dealer Notes
Sun/Moonroof,Bluetooth Connection,All Wheel Drive,ARCTIC WHITE,CASHMERE; MB-TEX SEAT TRIM This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. You can find this 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 3.0L BlueTEC and many others like it at Audi Hunt Valley. This Mercedes-Benz includes: CASHMERE, MB-TEX SEAT TRIM Premium Synthetic Seats ARCTIC WHITE HEATED FRONT SEATS Heated Front Seat(s) PREMIUM 1 PKG HD Radio Navigation System Back-Up Camera Satellite Radio Premium Sound System Power Liftgate Hard Disk Drive Media Storage Remote Trunk Release MP3 Player Power Outlet *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* When you purchase a vehicle with the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, you're getting what you paid for. This SUV is a superb example of what a tough, work focused vehicle should be. Exceptional towing, acceleration and torque will help you get the job done. For those who are ready to drive something more than just a car, this Mercedes-Benz M-Class 3.0L BlueTEC will appeal to their idea of luxury and refinement. Enjoy driving? Well now you will get more thrills behind the wheel thanks to the heightened performance of AWD. Better handling. Better traction. Better driving experience. It's not a misprint. And the odometer isn't broken. This is a very low mileage Mercedes-Benz M-Class. A rare find these days. You can forget your phone at home, but thanks to this car you'll always have your navigation system. More information about the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class: The Mercedes-Benz 2009 M-Class is on-road friendly and a good family hauler, with improved ride and handling, while still maintaining its off-road ability. The ML320 BlueTEC is clean enough to be sold in all 50 states while still being notably fuel-frugal as well as luxurious. The ML550 adds more luxury and power, and the ML63 AMG leads the pack in exclusivity. Strengths of this model include fuel-efficiency (ML320 BlueTEC), acceleration (ML550 and ML63)., Comfortable ride and seating, and off-road ability *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a capable, versatile SUV that offers the typical Mercedes attributes of high quality, prestige and safety.

vehicle overview

Mercedes introduced its first luxury SUV, the ML, nearly a decade ago. Now in its second generation, the model now known as the M-Class has evolved from a truck-based body-on-frame SUV to a carlike, easy-to-handle utility vehicle. After various suspension revisions, safety improvements and equipment upgrades over the years, the M-Class emerges freshly updated for 2009 at a time when gas-guzzling midsize and large SUVs teeter on the brink of extinction.

On the inside, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class gets a revised, easier-to-use version of Mercedes' COMAND interface, which includes Bluetooth phone connectivity, an auxiliary jack and an in-dash six-CD/DVD changer. An optional, upgraded version of the COMAND system adds a plethora of the latest technology features, such as a voice-activated hard-drive-based navigation system with 4GB of music storage, satellite radio, HD radio, Zagat restaurant reviews and an iPod connector.

Those concerned with fuel economy may take interest in the new ML320 Bluetec. Replacing last year's ML320 CDI, the Bluetec has a 3.0-liter V6 that, thanks to a special additive, burns diesel more cleanly than previous diesel engines. The Bluetec is 50-state legal (the CDI wasn't) and its fuel economy is 17 percent better than the EPA ratings for the regular ML350. The Bluetec model has less oomph for highway passing and costs $1,500 more, but it's certainly an interesting alternative to the regular ML350.

Overall, the 2009 M-Class retains the characteristics consumers associate with Mercedes-Benz: quality, luxury, prestige and state-of-the-art safety. Naturally, there are other choices in the $50,000 luxury midsize SUV segment. Nearly every competitor has been updated (or introduced) in the past year or two, including the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and BMW X5, along with the Lexus RX 350, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg 2. And unlike some others in the segment, the M-Class doesn't offer a third-row seat. Adding a bunch of options can raise the ML's price to uncomfortable levels as well. Still, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class should prove a fine choice for those looking for the latest gadgets and comfortable seating for five in a midsize luxury SUV.

Trim levels & features

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a five-passenger luxury crossover SUV available in four trim levels: ML320 Bluetec, ML350, ML550 and ML63 AMG. The ML320 Bluetec and ML350 are similarly equipped, with 19-inch wheels (although the design varies between the two models), a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, cruise control, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, the COMAND interface, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with a six-CD/DVD changer and an auxiliary jack.

The ML550 adds AMG-style bumpers and 19-inch wheels, along with brushed aluminum running boards and roof rails. The ML63 AMG features special interior and exterior styling details, as well as a sport-tuned air suspension, 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, corner-illuminating foglights, leather upholstery, a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, and ultra-supportive heated and ventilated front sport seats.

Options for the ML320, ML350 and ML550 include the Premium 1 Package, which adds a power liftgate, a rearview camera, a 115-volt AC power outlet and an upgraded version of the COMAND system with a hard-drive-based navigation system that has voice activation, real-time traffic updates and 4GB of music storage. This package also comes with a premium Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround-sound audio system and satellite radio, HD radio and an iPod connector. The Premium 2 Package features everything found in the Premium 1 Package plus a park assist system, power-folding side mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, front-seat memory settings and keyless ignition/entry. Leather seating and a Heating Package (heated front and rear seats, as well as a heated steering wheel) are available for all trim levels except the M63 AMG.

Stand-alone options include an air suspension with adaptive damping, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, rear climate controls and a rear-seat entertainment system. The ML63 AMG can also get 21-inch wheels and heated rear seats.

2009 Highlights

For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class gets a face-lift that includes a new front and rear bumper design, a new grille and redesigned headlights. Inside, updates include redesigned climate control buttons, a new optional rear-seat entertainment system and the latest version of Mercedes' COMAND system, which includes Bluetooth phone connectivity.In addition, last year's diesel-powered ML320 CDI model has been replaced by the ML320 Bluetec (which boasts a cleaner-burning fuel technology). For those who don't need all-wheel drive, wouldn't mind saving a few thousand dollars at purchase time and appreciate its slightly better fuel mileage, Mercedes now offers a rear-wheel-drive ML350.

Performance & mpg

The 2009 M-Class comes with a choice of four engines, and all come standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Apart from the ML350 rear-wheel-drive model, every M-Class trim level has all-wheel drive. The ML320 Bluetec has a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 rated at 210 horsepower and a stout 398 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy ratings for this model are 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. The ML350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and gets an estimated 15 city/20 highway and 17 mpg combined. The rear-wheel-drive ML350 gets 1 mpg better across the board.

For more exhilarating performance, the ML550 boasts a 5.5-liter V8 that pumps out 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. But it's no surprise that power comes at the expense of fuel economy. It's rated at 13/18/15 mpg. The top power plant in the M-Class lineup, the ML63 AMG's 6.3-liter V8, makes an awe-inspiring 503 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque -- enough to propel this SUV from zero to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. It's rated at 11/15/12 mpg.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control, hill descent/ascent control and a full complement of airbags (front-seat side and full-length side curtain) are all standard. In government crash tests, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class posted perfect five-star scores in both frontal- and side-impact testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the SUV a top score of "Good" for its protection of occupants in frontal-offset crashes.

Driving

Steering is precise on the 2009 Mercedes M-Class, but it doesn't offer much feedback and feels a little dead in the center. There is some body roll around corners, which is to be somewhat expected from a near 5,000-pound AWD SUV, but the M-Class stays predictable and stable on the road. Braking is quite good; a sure-footed pedal and quick response make for confident stopping power.

Interior

A warm, upscale character is conveyed throughout the cockpit of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, thanks to a combination of wood and aluminum trims. Passenger room is impressive; rear seating offers more than 39 inches of legroom, nearly 6 inches more than the Lexus RX 350 provides. With the rear seats in place, there is a total of 29 cubic feet of luggage space. When the seats are folded flat, that expands to 72 cubes, an average figure for this class of vehicle. A variety of cubbies throughout the cabin, as well as large front cupholders, prove useful on road trips.


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Worst reliability of any vehicle I have ever owned
Manfred Schropp,09/14/2015
The engineers who designed the vehicle did a good job. It is spacious, comfortable, quiet, has a fantastic range on long distance drives - up to 700 miles on one tank 95 liters / 26.5 US gallons. I still love driving it after almost 7 years. You can drive 800 miles in one stretch and exit the car still feeling fresh. The strong torque of the Diesel engine with up to more than 30 mpg, the transmission working seamlessly in the background, the comfortable ride, the quietness of the cabin, the excellent seats make this a wonderful vehicle. BUT THE RELIABILITY IS TERRIBLE! This is hands down the worst vehicle I have ever owned in terms of frequency and cost of repair (see below), and these cars include 2 Jeep Cherokees when they were still made by AMC. While my local dealer is very very good, Mercedes Benz of USA and the folks in Stuttgart were of no help whatsoever. Verbatim from a MBofUSA representative: "Sorry, there is nothing we can do for you. We suggest you negotiate a real good deal with your local dealer when you buy your next Mercedes." Repairs & Parts replaced on my 2009 Mercedes ML-320 Bluetec in 6 years & 10 months and 73,696 miles light duty use. 01. Factory recall: Tail lamps, rear lights, power lift gate module replaced 9cost not known) at 5,176 miles 02. Warranty work: Noise from front end; replace right front wheel bearing at 27,670 miles 03. Warranty work: Replace left strut assembly front and replace buttons on steering wheel at 32,477 miles 04. Warranty work: Removed and lubricated shift paddles on steering wheel to fix squeaky noise at 32,620 miles 05. Warranty work: Replaced defective NOX sensor at 35,866 miles 06. Warranty work: Left rear door lock assembly replaced at 42,541 miles 07. Repair NOT covered by warranty: replaced auxilliary heater in AdBlue tank diagnosed at 49,671 although it is part of the emissions control system but NOT covered by MB emissions control warranty (read the small print); paid out of some slush fund after my vociferous complaints to MBofUSA; cost estimate almost $2,200.-; fixed problem at 50,843 miles 08. Repair: Front passenger door lock assembly (same broken part as above, different door) $833.99 after 15% dealer courtesy discount at 53,277 miles; MBofUSA refuses any consideration. 09. Repair: Noise from engine department - loose NOX sensor - tightened - no charge at 56,633 miles 10. Repair: Replace 2nd NOX sensor and EGR temperature sensor and air cleaner turbo seal at 60,028 miles; this NOX sensor lasted 24,162 miles; cost of repair $1,350.92 11. Repair Turbocharger intake shut-off motor, seals, gaskets, pipes (almost left me stranded) at 66,241 miles; cost $1,675.89 12. Repair: Bad Glow Plug Control Module at 68,9921 miles; cost $503.64 13. Repair: Oil leak in front engine area. Turbo Pipe Gree O-Ring Seal and seal on oil breather assembly black o-ring seal; oil squirted on V-belt; replaced free of charge by dealer as it was possibly related to repair #11 not performed 100%; dealer otherwise very good and VERY HONEST. Same mileage as Repair #12 done at same time. 14. Replace 3 engine mounts / support struts. They were leaking fluids; at 73,696 miles; $1,774.38 15. Replace temperature sensor upstream of turbo at 73,696 miles (as in #14); cost 737.98 Estimated cost of warranty repairs $5,000+; repairs paid by owner $6,876.80 (does NOT include windshield replacement caused by stone from passing truck or self inflicted body damage); additional regular maintenance cost incl. tire replacement $8,391.98 (does NOT include registration, SMOG check, insurance, fuel); total estimated cost for all repairs, incl. warranty work, and regular maintenance ~ $20,268.78; Days in service 2491; average number of days between repairs (does not include regular maintenance trips) 166; average number of miles between repairs 4,913. UPDATE 1: The car now has 80,750 miles on it and nothing has broken since my original review. That is about 7,000 miles without something breaking, although I did have a brief scare at about 76,000 miles when the car lost power on a long uphill portion on the freeway and slowed down to about 35 mph. I managed to pull off the road [slow trucks were using the emergency lane], turned off the car, and after about 5 minutes restarted it. It has been running fine ever since. A visit to the dealer did not show any recorded error code. About 30 miles earlier I had added fuel when the tank was still half full. Maybe the fuel was dirty and caused a momentary clogging. I still love the design and how it drives very much, it is just the reliability that I hate. But I may have gotten a particularly bad one-off example. UPDATE 2: At 80,915 m replaced defective 2 front air suspension struts & air compressor & 4 new tires as a result, new turbo inlet pipe seals, new transfer case input shaft seal, incl. C-Service $7,303. 15 unscheduled stops so far not counting light bulbs. Repl. backup camera (warranty), est. $2,400 incl. module.
Beware of the Repair Virus
dieselman2001,09/19/2015
If you are interested in a beautiful looking SUV that is comfortable and will cost you more money in repairs than you have ever experienced before; then this is the vehicle for you! Here are the items you need to make sure have been replaced before you purchase one/ if they have not been replaced; plan on saving up because those dark day(s) will come. Oil cooler seals: $2500+ NOX sensor replaced if you do it yourself (1) $450 if the dealer does it over $800; note** there are two NOX sensors Shocks and struts: $2300 Air Mass Flow Sensor: $750 Regular 10k maintenance avg: $350 (always ask what is being performed) Fuel Filter: $240 Seat Belt: $750- Manufacturer defect that mercedes will not own up to. Brakes: Mercedes does not believe in rotating rotors; they replace them with the pads. What does this mean; more $$ There are probably more to come; i may find out or i may wave the white flag and try to get rid of it. I will put it to you the best way i can; i have owned a variety of diesels for over a decade including foreign diesel powered vehicles. Pass on this one; this has been a money pit compared to the 10 diesels i have owned. I have only owned this vehicle for 2 years and look how much i have spent; this is a fun vehicle to drive and has every bell and whistle; but you will pay to have the luxurious Mercedes-Benz named vehicle.
Piece of Junk
dickaca@gmail.com,03/01/2017
Never buy a Mercedes. They are not reliable mechanically. The SUV spent more time in the shop than on the road. Diesels are not the way to go because you will have to replace the DPF filter at a cost of 4500 to 6500 dollars. Short trips the kill the DPF filter faster. That is almost half the value of the SUV. Mercedes should be sued for allowing this piece of junk on the road. I will never own another Mercedes again. The diesel engine which you can Google and read about is junk. The engine is an OM642. The engine oil is 10 dollars a quart and it drinks it at a rate of 1 quart every 1500 miles. Do the math on that one. The urea tank heater will fail which is 1500 dollars. I think it is also a bad great idea to not have a spare tire either and no place to put one.
Awesome new ride
Texas Lawyer,04/21/2009
I buy a new car about every two years and just traded in a Jeep Commander Limited with a Hemi in for this new oil burning Benz. All I can say is: WOW. This truck is the bomb, I have only driven it about 1,000 miles so far but am averaging 30mpg on the highway and about 22mpg in town. I got nearly every option, including prem packages 1 and 2 (keyless entry) and leather, etc. The ML320 is like an S class in overshoes, the ride is first rate and the gas mileage is simply amazing for such a large vehicle. The only complaint I have is that from 0-10 mph it is a little herky jerky until the turbo kicks in then it flies. The fit and finish is typical MB and is my #1 choice in a luxury SUV.
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Features & Specs

MPG
18 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
210 hp @ 3800 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
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So what's the big deal about the 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 Bluetec? Simple: Its clean-burning 3.0-liter V6 (shared with the GL320 and R320) is the first diesel-fueled engine (other than Dodge's heavy-duty truck diesels) to pass the stringent 2010 EPA emissions requirements for 50-state certification. While diesels are a fixture in European-market vehicles, the U.S. government has long been leery of the high particulate emissions endemic to these engines. Thanks to Bluetec, stateside Mercedes buyers can enjoy all the benefits of diesel, including superior fuel economy and a reputation for durability, with the full blessing of Uncle Sam.

Sounds like a win-win proposition, right? And it would be, if this Benz boasted the expected instantaneous turbodiesel torque off the line. However, there's an exasperating delay when you floor the throttle from a stop or forward creep, as though the transmission has been caught off-guard. Forget Mercedes' claim on its Web site of "V8 power in a V6 configuration." Thanks in part to this conservative shift logic, the ML320 Bluetec would have its hands full keeping up with an ML350 and its gasoline-powered V6.

Fortunately, the Bluetec does deliver considerably more miles per gallon when it's time to refuel, though diesel continues to outpace gasoline in the price column as of this writing. Whether you'll enjoy yourself between fill-ups is another matter. Granted, the sumptuous interior appointments are beyond reproach — our test car's upper-crust cabin made the $61,200 asking price seem downright reasonable. But given its gooey steering and ho-hum performance, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 is probably best experienced from somewhere other than the driver seat.

Nonetheless, this Benz's combination of top-shelf luxury, superior fuel-efficiency and environmental friendliness is bound to win over a good number of deep-pocketed SUV shoppers. In this era of volatile fuel prices and an uncertain automotive future, clean diesels hold considerable appeal as a green alternative to the status quo.

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