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While Mercedes-Benz will always be a quintessentially German automaker, its M-Class midsize luxury SUV has always been an American at heart. To begin with, it's built in Alabama and has been since it first burst onto the scene as one of the first luxury SUVs. The U.S. of A is also the M's primary market, as its sizable dimensions and mostly thirsty engines play much better in Frankfort, Kentucky, than they do back in Frankfurt, Germany.
Regardless of its origins, however, each generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been better than the last. In reviews, we've been impressed by the M-Class's brisk performance and strong brakes. Handling is confident enough around corners. As always with a Mercedes, however, it's the quality of construction and all-around feeling of solidity that make it stand out.
For the 2016 model year, the M-Class was renamed the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.