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2012 Highlights

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is all-new.


Pros

  • Engine choices include gas and diesel
  • comfortable seating
  • high-quality interior and construction
  • excellent braking distances.

Cons

  • Expensive compared to some rivals
  • no third-row seat option
  • disappointing steering response.

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Palladium Silver Metallic Black leatherette74,752 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Steel Grey Metallic Black leatherette64,703 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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P2 PACKAGE w CLEANEST CONDITION$** CARFAX CERTIFIED** NAVIGATION** BACK UP CAMERA** HID HEADLIGHTS, BLUETOOTH TECH, BT AUDIO, AUX/USB CONNECT, MEMORY SEATS, HEATED/COOLED SEATS, WOOD GRAIN, POWER SUNROOF, POWER LIFTGATE, ALL POWER OPTIONS, DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL, SATELLITE RADIO, WELL KEPT, ALL SERVICES FULLY UPDATED AND SO MUCH MORE... EXTRA CLEAN!! NO SCRATCHES, NO DINGS, NON-SMOKER...Finance Rates Start at 1.9 Percent...Over 20 Lenders - High Approval Rates...APPLY ONLINE at WWW.VLMAUTO.COM ....FOR BEST BUYING EXPERIENCE, CALL NOW at 703-957-4600. All Our Cars go through a Rigorous 80 points Full Inspection ..OUR CARS ARE CERTIFIED THROUGH OUR MECHANICS AND COME PRE-INSPECTED. OPEN 7 DAYS...MON - SAT 9.30-7.30PM ... SUNDAYS BY APPOINTMENT 1-5.. TRADES WELCOMED... WE SHIP EVERYWHERE... AIRPORT PICKUP AVAILABLE... COMPREHENSIVE EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE ON DEMAND. Visit Virginia Luxury Motors online at www.vlmauto.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 703-957-4600 today to schedule your test drive. We try our best to list all options and details carefully however typos and human/machine errors are possible, please call in advance to confirm any specific options, colors, condition related questions to avoid any confusions. We train our sales staff regularly however any verbal claims or promises made by the employees of the dealership are not valid unless expressed in writing. Price does not include a dealership processing fee of Five Hundred and Ninety Five dollars. All sales are AS-IS unless expressed otherwise in writing. Vehicle accessories such as extra keys, floor matts, books, navigation disc, shift knobs etc may not come with the vehicle however we can always order these items at our discounted dealership prices which are to be paid by the customer.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Steel Grey Metallic Black leatherette76,914 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
List:$20,917
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A) Arctic White Grey leatherette48,905 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 BlueTEC
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JUST ARRIVED! 2012 MERCEDES-BENZ M-CLASS ML 350 BLueTEC WITH A CLEAN CARFAX AND SERVICE HISTORY! THIS VEHICLE FEATURES POWER WINDOWS AND LOCKS, REMOTE ENTRY SYSTEM, CRUISE CONTROL, BLUETOOTH, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, REAR BACK UP CAMERA, HEATED FRONT SEATS, DRIVER POWER SEAT W/ 3 MEMORY SETTINGS, POWER MOONROOF/SUNROOF, POWER LIFTGATE, ALLOY WHEELS AND MORE!* BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! * 7 DAY EXCHANGE POLICY ON EVERY PURCHASE * OUR VEHICLES RECEIVE QUALITY INSPECTIONS AND ARE SERVICED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS. CALL ONE OF OUR SALES SPECIALISTS AT 1-877-638-7532 TO SCHEDULE YOUR PURCHASE. FINE QUALITY USED CARS NEAR CHANTILLY, ALEXANDRIA, ARLINGTON AND TYSONS CORNER VA!

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Iridium Silver Metallic Black leatherette40,788 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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MSRP $54K 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4MATIC PREMIUM 1 PACKAGE, Heated Front Seats, Comand Hard Drive Navigation System, Power-folding Exterior Mirrors with Memory Seating, Telescopic Steering Wheel, Sirius Satellite Radio Capability, 115 Power Outlet

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Arctic White Black leatherette101,516 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic. Finished in White over Black. This ML350 has been equipped with 4Matic All-Wheel-Drive, Navigation, Rearview Camera, and more! If you are in the market for a Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic, please call or email us today.View our entire inventory online at www.RosenthalAcura.com.At Rosenthal Acura of Gaithersburg, we strive to provide outstanding professional service in all areas of our dealership. We serve Maryland, DC, Virginia and southern PA. For your next used or new car or truck, visit us at www.RosenthalAcura.com! The Pre-Owned Department at Rosenthal Acura is comitted to outstanding customer service throughout the entire sales process. We offer some of the best quality Pre-Owned vehicles in the country.CALL FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO SCHEDULE YOUR TEST DRIVE TODAY *** WE WORK WITH ALL CREDIT SITUATIONS *** FINANCING IS EASY *** ALL OF OUR PRE-OWNED VEHICLES GO THROUGH A RIGOROUS MULTI-POINT INSPECTION AND COME WITH A 60 DAY/ 2,000 MILE LIMITED WARRANTY *** ASK ABOUT OUR EXTENDED WARRANTY OPTIONS ***ROSENTHAL ACURA HAS WON ACURAS PRECISION TEAM AWARD FOR CUSTOMER SATISFACTION THE PAST 22 YEARS IN A ROW *** NO OTHER DEALERSHIP IN THE WORLD HAS ACCOMPLISHED THIS ***

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette110,409 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
List:$18,995
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This outstanding example of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 350 is offered by King Buick GMC. Do so much more with one vehicle. This Mercedes-Benz M-Class gives you everything you need an automobile to be. This Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 350's level of quality is not meant for just anyone. It's meant for the person who strives for a classy, comfortable, and luxurious car. No matter the weather conditions or terrain, this Black AWD Mercedes-Benz M-Class handles with an elegant confidence. Fine interior appointments complement this vehicle's unprecedented performance. More information about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class: The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is one of the most refined, yet safest and most comfortable luxury SUVs available. It's also surprisingly fuel-efficient--especially in ML350 BlueTEC diesel guise. The M-Class's completely redesigned interior has much-improved materials and detailing compared to the previous version, and it's now one of the most lavish cabins in its class. An off-road package, which will allow several different modes for different types of trail driving (or snow), will be available either late in the model year or next year will allow a ground clearance of up to 11.2 inches and a water-fording depth of 23.6 inches. Interesting features of this model are world-best safety technology, quiet cabins, extensive comfortable seating for five adults, Strong, smooth powertrains, plush luxury feel, and good fuel-efficiency among sport utilites

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Arctic White Grey leatherette87,332 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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***ONE OWNER, VERY CLEAN...................2012 MERCEDES ML350 4MATIC ALL WHEEL DRIVE PREMIUM LUXURY SUV, WHITE WITH A LITE GRAY LEATHER INTERIOR, WOOD STEERING WHEEL AND TRIM, NAVIGATION, REAR BACK UP CAMERA, DUAL HEATED POWER SEATS WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT, POWER SUNROOF, POWER TAILGATE, TINTED GLASS, ROOFRACK, DUAL EXHAUST, PREMIUM ALLOY WHEELS, CLEAN CARFAX***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. 30 DAY LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A) Arctic White Almond Beige leatherette84,359 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 BlueTEC
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Original MSRP of $55700.00!!! Gorgeous 1 Owner MD Inspected 2012 Mercedes ML 350 BlueTec Diesel 4Matic AWD SUV with Every Service Record Since New!!! This vehicle is Loaded with Navigation, Heated Leather Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Sunroof, Backup Camera, Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Alloy Wheels, Xenon Headlights, Bluetooth, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Automatic Climate Control, Upgraded 15 Speaker Stereo System and Much Much More!! This vehicle also comes with a Warranty Standard!!!Why pay Carmax or Franchise Dealer Pricing when you can buy directly from the distributor! Member car has a 30 year history of selling preowned vehicles to dealers wholesale, and is now selling directly to the public!Welcome to MemberCar of Rockville! We are a family owned and operated dealership catering to the DMV area and beyond for over 30 years. We offer tremendous value by pricing our vehicles below market value and offering a truly stress-free purchasing environment. We are very transparent in our purchase process, offering the easiest terms available with every vehicle in stock. Having our own extensive Wholesale/Purchase Division allows us to purchase mostly Local, One-Owner, Low Mileage, exceptional vehicles directly from the best sources, (Private Owners) instead of auctions. MemberCar has built our reputation upon successful, long-term relationships with our clients. During that time, we have become one of the areas preeminent providers of carefully selected, Maryland Safety Inspected, low mileage, local vehicles. We offer competitive Finance and Extended Warranty options, and we do accept all trade-ins. Our staff looks forward to the opportunity to earn your business, and we thank YOU for your time and consideration.If you just can't seem to find the time to come to us, we are also more than happy to bring a vehicle to your home or place of business!!! Don't take our word for it, check out what our customers are saying.http://www.cars.com/dealers/193733/membercar/reviews/

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette78,770 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
List:$21,888
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BACKUP CAM, BLUETOOTH, HEATED SEATS, LEATHER, NAVIGATION, SUNROOF, ML 350 4MATIC, 4D Sport Utility, 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V, 7-Speed Automatic, 4MATIC, Black, Black w/Leather Upholstery. Awards: * 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick Black 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 350 4MATIC 4MATIC 7-Speed Automatic 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V See more photos of this vehicle at www.MANASSASIMPORTS.com. Recent Arrival! Reviews: * Engine choices include gas and diesel; comfortable seating; high-quality interior and construction; excellent braking distances. Source: EdmundsWe accept all trade in's no matter what the year or what the payoff is. Plus we can handle all your financing needs from first time buyer, to re-establishing credit and pre-approvals or instant approvals. We use all banks and most credit unions, so this will be you last stop to get your new VA certified used car here at Manassas Imports. We are not responsible for typographical errors, misprints on prices, or equipment. Call 703-368-5390 and ask for a Sales Manager to set your appointment today!

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A) Diamond White Metallic Almond Beige leatherette100,648 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 BlueTEC
List:$21,881
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette76,753 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A) Obsidian Black Metallic Black leatherette92,182 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 BlueTEC
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette85,185 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
List:$21,995
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Iridium Silver Metallic Black Dinamica (SPC) leatherette93,437 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette39,085 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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NEW CAR TRADE IN, LOW MILES, PERFECT CONDITION, ALL WHEEL DRIVE, NAVIGATION, DUAL CLIMATE, BACK UP CAMERA, FACTORY RUNNING BOARDS, HEATED SEATS, KEYLESS ENTRY, PUSH BUTTON START, AND A LOT MORE. GREAT PRICE AND WON'T LAST LONG. Odometer is 42835 miles below market average! Recent Arrival! Black Mercedes-Benz 2012 ML 350 4MATIC� M-Class 7-Speed Automatic 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V 4MATIC� 17/22mpg Call 410.243.7000 to check on the availability of this vehicle. Shop 24/7 @ www.AndersonHonda.net We'll by your vehicle, Even if you don't buy ours -Jeff **Interest Rates starting at .9%, and Financing Available for ALL Credit Types** Awards: * 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Palladium Silver Metallic Black leatherette77,291 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 4MATIC
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2012 ML350 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A) Capri Blue Metallic Almond Beige leather131,932 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz M-ClassML350 BlueTEC
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Features & Specs

ML350 BlueTEC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)ML550 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
MPG221917
Seating555
Transmission7-speed shiftable automatic7-speed shiftable automatic7-speed shiftable automatic
Fueldieselgasgas
Horsepower240 hp @ 3600 rpm302 hp @ 6500 rpm402 hp @ 5000 rpm

Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    G
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    G
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    G
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

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Mercedes is not of the quality it used to be
For the last 35 years I always had at least one Benz in the garage. Currently have a 2007 550s and a 2012 350ML. Bought both new/first owner. 550 s -19,000 miles - Air Condition not working. 350ML - 6,000 Miles - electronics defect: give wrong error messages and no error messages. Now, the ML is at the shop because the engine may have to be replaced. Local dealer in Palm Beach says MBUSA asked them to perform "more tests to identify the problem". (Car is in the shop already 3 days.) Two issues here: (1) MB now sells cars that do not work properly, even after short use. (2) How MBUSA deals with the problem: They make little/no effort to make things right. This is no longer a good make.
This is a Great SUV-It is NOT an E-Class!
Leased this vehicle for my wife. I drive a BMW 550i which I much prefer. I always laugh reading other reviews on here and people complain it isn't sporty. It is an SUV, of course it is not sporty! The ride is phenominal and at 80 mph you can whisper to someone in the backseat. Great fuel economy, my wife only drives around town and gets 21 mpg! Good acceleration, just no low end torque, but come on, it is way fast enough for 99.9% of the people buying it. Fit and finish is amazing, nice materials. One year later, my wife still can't figure out the Navigation, so is it confusing or is it her (hmm). Steering is too light for my tastes. Overall, a great vehicle-it is what it is!
Outstanding Vehicle
Traded in the GLK350 for this ML350. Although the GLK was a great vehicle, the ML affords me more space and is much more comfortable. Can't say enough about this vehicle and recommend it to anyone who wants a comfortable SUV. For those who worry about fuel consumption, averaging 24 MPG in mixed driving and expect to do better. Very quite inside and very classy inside and out. Try it, you'll like it!!
More About This Model

Driving in Montana changes you, and after just a day here, we have no desire to be in anything smaller, lighter or less comfortable than the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350.

Everything about this state is huge, whether you're talking about mountains, glaciers or total square mileage. You'll never really get anywhere unless you're moving quickly, even if that means pounding down an old, twisty two-lane road at 70 mph (the posted limit even on obscure routes like state highway 279).

Midsize luxury crossover SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz M-Class have always been good at carrying your stuff, but nobody expects to make time on back roads. Thanks to more powerful V6 engines and an improved automatic transmission, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 and the diesel ML350 Bluetec hustle quite nicely. It's their improved mileage figures that make them good companions out there, though, as we haven't passed a fuel station for the last 50 miles.

It's Redesigned. Can You Tell?
It still looks like a used bar of designer soap to us, but the M-Class form is now a classic (at Montessori schools everywhere), so Benz is sticking with it for the third generation. Crisp, new sheet metal is stretched over the same 114.8-inch wheelbase as last year's model, although the redesigned SUV's track is over an inch wider. The 2012 ML350 is nearly an inch longer overall (189.1) while its height has come down nearly an inch (70.7).

Really, this midsize crossover didn't need to grow any larger. Although published legroom and cargo capacity have dipped slightly from the second generation, there's still ample knee clearance for 6-footers in the second row and, for the first time ever, you can recline the rear seatbacks. The 36.2-cubic-foot cargo bay is deep for this class, with space enough for two weeks' worth of groceries for a family of four.

It's also deep enough to package a third-row seat, and Mercedes is working on a fold-flat unit, even though the 2006-'11 M-Class didn't have one.

"It's about two years out," Steve Cannon, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA, tells us. The take rate on this optional two-seat bench will be low, he adds, but it will target a vocal minority of owners whose beautiful, talented children are on club soccer teams.

Gasoline V6 Gets Direct Injection
You'll likely be more interested in the upgraded V6 engines on the 2012 M-Class.

Our 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 tester gets the same direct-injected, gasoline 3.5-liter V6 we've sampled in the 2012 C-Class Coupe and sedan. Power ratings don't change on the M-Class, so we're still talking about 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque from 3,500-5,250 rpm. This is on par with the Acura MDX, but still shy of the 300 lb-ft of torque on the BMW X5.

Although smooth, the direct-injected V6 doesn't feel anywhere as potent in the nearly 5,000-pound ML as it does in the C-Class. Its best power comes at higher rpm, and when we step out to pass on Highway 200, we wish for more low-end grunt. Of course, there's a difference in elevation between Montana and Spain (where we drove the 2012 C350), so we'll wait until we test the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 in Southern California before we get any more opinionated. Mercedes predicts a 7.3-second 0-60-mph time, which is over a half-second quicker than the old ML350.

An upgraded seven-speed automatic transmission makes the best of the situation, too, serving up quick downshifts when we need them. It drives all four of the 2012 ML350's wheels through the carryover 4Matic clutch-type all-wheel-drive system (a rear-drive ML350 is coming for the 2013 model year). Gear ratios are the same as last year's, but various friction reduction measures, plus a new torque converter that locks up in every gear, increase efficiency. The final drive is tamer at 3.67 versus 3.90 previously.

With all the improvements, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 earns a respectable 17 city/22 highway mpg EPA rating — a huge leap over the 2011 model's 15/20 rating.

But You Should Get the Diesel
Only 20 percent of Mercedes M-Class buyers bring home the diesel model, and you should count yourself in that minority if you're serious about getting an ML.

With a base price of $51,356, a diesel-powered 2012 ML350 Bluetec, equipped with the same seven-speed automatic and 4Matic system, costs just $1,500 more than our gasoline ML350. It gets to 60 mph in the same 7.3 seconds, says Mercedes, but is expected to earn a 20 city/25 highway mpg rating (versus 18/25 in 2011).

On the road, the diesel has none of the gas V6's high-rpm bravado, but you don't have to wait around for torque. The revised turbocharged and direct-injected 3.0-liter V6 provides an incredible 455 lb-ft from 1,600-2,400 rpm, along with 240 hp at 3,600 rpm. This engine made just 210 hp and 400 lb-ft on the 2011 model; the diesel X5 is rated at 265 hp and 425 lb-ft.

Reductions in internal friction led the way to the power and efficiency gains on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Bluetec. Benz engineers have, for example, ditched the 3.0-liter engine's cast-iron cylinder liners (saving 9.5 pounds) and adopted the same cylinder wall coating process used on AMG engines. Another major contributor is a revamped common-rail injection system, which can inject fuel at higher pressure up to five times during a cycle — allowing the engine to do more with lower fuel volumes.

The 2012 ML350 Bluetec also uses a new, smaller turbocharger. The point here wasn't to increase power, but to hasten response when you floor the throttle.

Where's My V8?
About 8 percent of M-Class buyers still insist on a V8, and those are coming in the first quarter of 2012. The 2012 ML550 will use the new twin-turbocharged direct-injected 4.7-liter V8 engine, and although Mercedes officials don't want to discuss it just yet, the ML63 AMG will almost certainly show up with the 5.5-liter V8, also with twin turbos and direct injection.

"There's still demand for V8s, but it won't last forever," Cannon says, nodding in the direction of tighter fuel economy standards coming mid-decade.

"Over time, we have a turbocharged, direct-injected six-cylinder that we see replacing the V8s, though V8s will remain in the CLS-Class and above."

Don't wait up for an M-Class hybrid, as Mercedes won't be using the technology on the 2011 ML450 Hybrid anymore. Instead, the automaker is working on a parallel hybrid system with a clutch pack as the mediator (à la Hyundai Sonata Hybrid). The E-Class is first in line for hybridization; the ML will get it eventually, but maybe not in this generation.

Subtle Chassis Changes
The basic suspension design hasn't changed on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, as you still have double wishbones in front and a four-link arrangement in back, but some of the particulars have changed.

Ride quality is exceptionally compliant with the standard setup of steel springs and conventional dampers, but the body roll is a bit much on the twisty downhill grades on Highway 200. Should you get out of hand, the latest version of the optional Lane Keeping Assist will aggressively intervene with steering wheel vibration and brake application to nudge you back to your side of the double-yellow, so best to keep a clean line.

New for 2012 is the Dynamic Handling package, which includes air springs, driver-adjustable adaptive dampers and adaptive antiroll bars, along with 20-inch wheels (in lieu of the standard 19s). Select Sport mode and, sure enough, the ML350 takes a much flatter attitude through these corners. However, unless you live in Montana, we can't see dropping $5,150 for this package.

The other big change in the chassis department is a switch to full electric-assist power steering — there's no hydraulic pump anymore. Oftentimes, this is bad news, but EPS is well executed on the M-Class. This is actually a variable-ratio setup, thanks to variable spacing of the gear teeth on the steering rack, and the result is precise steering with a logical build-up in effort as you turn the wheel off center.

Brake hardware is the same as last year, as the ML350 has 13-inch ventilated front discs with two-piston sliding calipers and 12.8-inch solid rear discs with single-piston calipers.

Come November, you'll be able to get an off-road package on both the gasoline ML350 and the ML350 Bluetec. In U.S. specification, it won't include low-range gearing, but will have a multi-terrain system that tailors drivetrain and suspension behavior to selected conditions as on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Not Going to Downsize
Of course, there's no shortage of tech features to add to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 and ML350 Bluetec, including a hard-drive-based navigation system, all-speed adaptive cruise control, a self-parking system and even accessory iPad docking stations for the backseat. No surprise, then, that our ML350 lands well past $60,000.

Among midsize luxury crossover SUVs, the Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350 are far less expensive, and they're both more rational choices if you're a minivan avoider just looking for functionality.

But nobody looks at a Benz for solely rational reasons, and so the ML's chief rival remains the BMW X5. The BMW is quicker with either its gas or diesel six-cylinder, and there's little doubt we'd have more fun chucking it into a corner on Highway 200. However, much like the current E-Class, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 feels greater than the sum of its parts.

This is a refined and comfortable vehicle that's all suited up for family duty, yet every bit as elegant as you'd expect of a vehicle with a big bottom line. Mercedes hopes to sell 36,000 MLs in a full calendar year, and if we lived in Montana we would gladly drive one every day.

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Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Overview

Pre-owned Mercedes-Benz M-Class models are available with a 3.0 L-liter diesel engine or a 3.5 L-liter gas engine or a 4.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 402 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed shiftable automatic.

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Save up to $627 on one of 24 Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $17,995 as of 05/25/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 1.5 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 4MATIC is priced between $18,990 and $24,991 with odometer readings between 39085 and 110409 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 BlueTEC is priced between $17,995 and $23,990 with odometer readings between 48905 and 131932 miles.

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