2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What's New for 2013:

  • Standard rear-wheel drive (ML350)
  • Standard Mbrace 2 telematics
  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist technology
  • Standard color instrumentation
  • Standard upholstered dashboard (ML550)
  • Optional massaging front seats
  • Optional On- and Off-Road package

Exterior Features
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a 5-passenger, midsize luxury SUV, sold as the ML350, ML350 BlueTec, ML550, and the performance-oriented ML63 AMG. The ML63 AMG will be covered in a separate review.

Standard equipment for the ML350 model includes LED running lights, LED taillights, stainless steel skid plates, brushed aluminum roof rails, rain-sensing wipers, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior Features
The 2013 M-Class offers an interior with genuine aluminum and wood trim, ambient lighting, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and MB-Tex leatherette upholstery. Dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power heated front seats, power sunroof, and a power rear liftgate are standard, as well as a universal garage door opener, touch-screen information display, and Mbrace telematics with a free 6-month subscription to services. The standard stereo includes Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, CD/DVD changer, HD Radio, weatherband radio, USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, and a memory card reader.

Optional Features
Options for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class are primarily grouped into several packages. The first of these is called the Premium 1 package, which comes with a hard-drive navigation system with a music server, Gracenote database, iPod interface, and satellite radio with real-time traffic and weather reporting. Additionally, this package includes a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory for the driver's settings, reversing camera, and a 115-volt power outlet in the rear seating area.

The Premium 2 package adds an 830-watt premium surround-sound system with 14 speakers, Keyless Go passive entry with push-button ignition, multi-color perimeter lighting, enhanced cabin lighting, illuminated door sill plates, and a rear storage compartment.

Mercedes also offers two packages designed to improve this SUV's performance. The Dynamic Handling package adds an Airmatic air suspension, Adaptive Damping System, Active Curve System, and 20-inch wheels and tires. The On- and Off-Road package, which is new for 2013, includes a 2-stage transfer case, differential lock, and six transmission settings.

Three different safety-related option packages are offered for the M-Class. The Driver Assistance package includes Distronic Plus active cruise control with Pre-Safe Brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Assist. The Tracking package offers simpler versions of Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, and leaves Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake on the factory floor. The Lighting package includes bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, cornering lights, and headlight washers.

Additionally, the 2013 M-Class can be outfitted with extra-cost metallic paint, leather seats, heated rear seats, heated leather or a wood-and-leather steering wheel, and heated and cooled cup holders. The Parktronic with Active Park Assist system provides front and rear park-assist sensors and can identify adequately sized parallel parking spaces and automatically steer the M-Class into the space while the driver operates the foot pedals. A panoramic sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, trailer hitch, and brushed aluminum running boards are also available, and Mercedes dealers can add mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine generating 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,500 rpm and 5,250 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard, driving the ML350's rear wheels. A 4Matic 4-wheel-drive system is optional.

The ML350 BlueTec 4Matic is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 generating 240 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 455 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 2,400 rpm. It also offers a 7-speed automatic and comes standard with 4Matic 4WD.

The ML550 4Matic offers a direct-injection, twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic 4WD are standard on this model.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class are:

  • ML350: 18/23/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • ML350 4Matic: 18/23/20 mpg
  • ML350 BlueTec: 20/28/23 mpg
  • ML550 4Matic: 14/20/16 mpg

Safety
The 2013 M-Class is equipped with a long list of standard safety features. Nine air bags, traction and stability control with Trailer Stability Assist, hill-start assist, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with automatic brake drying and Predictive Brake Priming are included in the base price. Attention Assist is also standard, which is able to detect a drowsy driver and recommend taking a break through visual and audible measures.

The M-Class is also equipped with Pre-Safe and Post-Safe technology. Pre-Safe senses an impending crash and takes protective measures before impact by tightening the seat belts, closing the sunroof and windows, repositioning the front passenger for impact, and properly positioning the head restraints. Post-Safe activates after a collision, cutting fuel supply to the engine, activating the hazard flashers and interior lights, and unlocking the doors after a collision.

Safety-related options include bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination, which swivels the headlights to help see around dark curves at night, and Adaptive Highbeam Assist, which automatically dims the bright lights when oncoming traffic approaches. The optional Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Braking system employs radar units to maintain, automatically brake, and automatically accelerate in traffic, while the Pre-Safe Brake automatically engages the brakes at full power if the system determines that a collision is about to occur.

Two levels of Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist technology are also optional. Active Lane Keeping Assist identifies when the M-Class drifts out of its lane and selectively brakes the wheels to get it back into the intended travel lane, while Active Blind Spot Assist takes corrective measures if the driver ignores warnings that there are vehicles in the adjacent lane. Alternatively, non-active versions of these systems are offered.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2013 Mercedes M-Class. However, the structurally identical 2012 model was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Institute.

What's New for 2013:

  • Standard rear-wheel drive (ML350)
  • Standard Mbrace 2 telematics
  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist technology
  • Standard color instrumentation
  • Standard upholstered dashboard (ML550)
  • Optional massaging front seats
  • Optional On- and Off-Road package

Exterior Features
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a 5-passenger, midsize luxury SUV, sold as the ML350, ML350 BlueTec, ML550, and the performance-oriented ML63 AMG. The ML63 AMG will be covered in a separate review.

Standard equipment for the ML350 model includes LED running lights, LED taillights, stainless steel skid plates, brushed aluminum roof rails, rain-sensing wipers, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior Features
The 2013 M-Class offers an interior with genuine aluminum and wood trim, ambient lighting, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and MB-Tex leatherette upholstery. Dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power heated front seats, power sunroof, and a power rear liftgate are standard, as well as a universal garage door opener, touch-screen information display, and Mbrace telematics with a free 6-month subscription to services. The standard stereo includes Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, CD/DVD changer, HD Radio, weatherband radio, USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, and a memory card reader.

Optional Features
Options for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class are primarily grouped into several packages. The first of these is called the Premium 1 package, which comes with a hard-drive navigation system with a music server, Gracenote database, iPod interface, and satellite radio with real-time traffic and weather reporting. Additionally, this package includes a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory for the driver's settings, reversing camera, and a 115-volt power outlet in the rear seating area.

The Premium 2 package adds an 830-watt premium surround-sound system with 14 speakers, Keyless Go passive entry with push-button ignition, multi-color perimeter lighting, enhanced cabin lighting, illuminated door sill plates, and a rear storage compartment.

Mercedes also offers two packages designed to improve this SUV's performance. The Dynamic Handling package adds an Airmatic air suspension, Adaptive Damping System, Active Curve System, and 20-inch wheels and tires. The On- and Off-Road package, which is new for 2013, includes a 2-stage transfer case, differential lock, and six transmission settings.

Three different safety-related option packages are offered for the M-Class. The Driver Assistance package includes Distronic Plus active cruise control with Pre-Safe Brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Assist. The Tracking package offers simpler versions of Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, and leaves Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake on the factory floor. The Lighting package includes bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, cornering lights, and headlight washers.

Additionally, the 2013 M-Class can be outfitted with extra-cost metallic paint, leather seats, heated rear seats, heated leather or a wood-and-leather steering wheel, and heated and cooled cup holders. The Parktronic with Active Park Assist system provides front and rear park-assist sensors and can identify adequately sized parallel parking spaces and automatically steer the M-Class into the space while the driver operates the foot pedals. A panoramic sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, trailer hitch, and brushed aluminum running boards are also available, and Mercedes dealers can add mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine generating 302 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,500 rpm and 5,250 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard, driving the ML350's rear wheels. A 4Matic 4-wheel-drive system is optional.

The ML350 BlueTec 4Matic is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 generating 240 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 455 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 2,400 rpm. It also offers a 7-speed automatic and comes standard with 4Matic 4WD.

The ML550 4Matic offers a direct-injection, twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic 4WD are standard on this model.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class are:

  • ML350: 18/23/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • ML350 4Matic: 18/23/20 mpg
  • ML350 BlueTec: 20/28/23 mpg
  • ML550 4Matic: 14/20/16 mpg

Safety
The 2013 M-Class is equipped with a long list of standard safety features. Nine air bags, traction and stability control with Trailer Stability Assist, hill-start assist, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with automatic brake drying and Predictive Brake Priming are included in the base price. Attention Assist is also standard, which is able to detect a drowsy driver and recommend taking a break through visual and audible measures.

The M-Class is also equipped with Pre-Safe and Post-Safe technology. Pre-Safe senses an impending crash and takes protective measures before impact by tightening the seat belts, closing the sunroof and windows, repositioning the front passenger for impact, and properly positioning the head restraints. Post-Safe activates after a collision, cutting fuel supply to the engine, activating the hazard flashers and interior lights, and unlocking the doors after a collision.

Safety-related options include bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination, which swivels the headlights to help see around dark curves at night, and Adaptive Highbeam Assist, which automatically dims the bright lights when oncoming traffic approaches. The optional Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Braking system employs radar units to maintain, automatically brake, and automatically accelerate in traffic, while the Pre-Safe Brake automatically engages the brakes at full power if the system determines that a collision is about to occur.

Two levels of Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist technology are also optional. Active Lane Keeping Assist identifies when the M-Class drifts out of its lane and selectively brakes the wheels to get it back into the intended travel lane, while Active Blind Spot Assist takes corrective measures if the driver ignores warnings that there are vehicles in the adjacent lane. Alternatively, non-active versions of these systems are offered.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2013 Mercedes M-Class. However, the structurally identical 2012 model was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Institute.

Available Trims for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name ML350 (RWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 47270.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/23
Name ML350 (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 49770.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/23
Name ML350 BlueTEC (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 51270.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name ML550 (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 58800.00 Engine 4.6L/285 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name ML63 AMG (4MATIC 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 96100.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 13/17
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INTERIOR
  • MB-Tex seat trim
  • 8-way pwr front bucket seats w/pwr driver lumbar
  • Active front head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seat
  • Center console -inc: dual cupholders
  • Velour floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped 4-way tilt/telescopic multi-function steering wheel w/shift paddles
  • Twin-gauge instrument cluster w/4.5" info display -inc: speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer, coolant temp, trip computer
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down
  • SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking
  • SmartKey infrared remote -inc: tailgate open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
  • Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft alarm system w/engine immobilizer
  • Dual-zone auto climate control -inc: charcoal activated dust & pollen filter
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
  • Eucalyptus wood trim
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Night security illumination w/locator lighting
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • MB-Tex wrapped dashboard
  • Burl walnut wood trim
  • Designo leather seat trim
  • 10-way pwr front AMG sport bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar, front seat memory
  • Heated/active ventilated front seats
  • AMG floor mats
  • AMG leather-wrapped pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic multi-function steering wheel w/memory -inc: shift paddles
  • AMG instrument cluster w/RACETIMER -inc: speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer, coolant temp, trip computer
  • KEYLESS-GO
  • 115V pwr outlet
  • Black headliner
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Double dual sun visors -inc: illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Multi-color ambient lighting
EXTERIOR
  • 19" x 8.0" twin 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/50R19 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/sunshade -inc: 1-touch open/close
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Automatic headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Pwr heated mirrors
  • Privacy glass for rear windows
  • Rain-sensing intermittent wipers
  • Rear intermittent wiper w/washer
  • Pwr tailgate
  • P255/50R19 all-season run-flat tires
  • 19" x 8.5" AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • AMG bumpers
  • Brushed aluminum running boards
  • 20" x 9.0" AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P265/45R20 performance tires
  • Roof rails
  • Bi-xenon headlamps -inc: adaptive highbeam assist, active curve illumination, headlamp washing system
  • Pwr folding heated signal mirrors -inc: auto-dimming driver side, mirror memory
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L DOHC DI 24-valve V6 engine
  • Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission w/steering wheel shift paddles
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Stainless steel skid plates
  • AGILITY CONTROL suspension system
  • Independent double wishbone front suspension w/anti-dive geometry
  • Independent 4-arm multi-link rear suspension -inc: anti-squat geometry, alignment control
  • Front/rear stabilizer bar
  • Electro-mechanical rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front & solid rear disc brakes
  • Vehicle tool kit
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • Driver activated off-road driving program
  • 3.0L DOHC 24-valve turbocharged V6 BlueTEC diesel engine
  • 4.6L 32-valve bi-turbo V8 engine
  • Pwr ventilated front/rear disc brakes
  • 5.5L DOHC 32-valve bi-turbo V8 AMG engine -inc: start/stop feature
  • AIRMATIC air suspension w/adaptive damping system (ADS II)
  • AMG high performance pwr front/rear perforated & ventilated disc brakes w/silver calipers
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system (BAS)
    • Adaptive brakes -inc: brake drying, brake hold, pre-charging, hill start assist
    • Electronic stability program (ESP) w/trailer stability assist
    • Electronic traction system (ETS)
    • Roll-over sensors
    • LED daytime running lamps
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Front dual-stage airbags w/adaptive front passenger airbag
    • Driver knee airbag
    • Front passenger occupant classification system
    • Front/rear side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear side-impact air curtains
    • mbrace in-vehicle services -inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification, (6) months Hughes Telematics service
    • PRE-SAFE brake
    • POST-SAFE accident response -inc: auto door unlock, engine/fuel cutoff
    • Collision prevention assist
    • ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness monitor
    • All-position 3-point seat belts -inc: emergency tensioning device, outboard belt force limiters
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • 4-wheel electronic traction system (4ETS)
    • Downhill speed regulation (DSR)
    • Parktronic w/active parking assist
    • Rearview camera
    • Lane keeping assist
    • Blind spot assist
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: AM/FM/Weatherband stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer, 7" display, Bluetooth hands-free communication system, SD card reader, USB port, 8-speaker sound system, speed-sensitive volume, 10-gigabyte hard drive, HD Radio, voice control
    • COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: AM/FM/Weatherband stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer, HD Radio, 7" HD display, Bluetooth hands-free communication system, SD card reader, auxiliary audio input jack, 40-GB hard-drive-based navigation system w/enhanced voice control, SiriusXM satellite radio, iPod/MP3 media interface w/cable, harman/kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, 10-GB Gracenote media database, Zagat Survey restaurant guide

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