Mercedes-Benz M-Class

BASE PRICE RANGE: $47,365-$93,465
BODY TYPE: Midsize/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: The hybrid uses a 275-hp, 3.5L V-6 and two electric motors, with fuel economy of 21/24 mpg city/highway. The M-Class has a new paint color, Diamond White Metallic, and available new LED daytime running lights. Side mirrors were redesigned; the rearview mirror includes a compass; and blind-spot assist and a rearview camera are available.

BEST BUY: The diesel for the 600-mile cruising range, 7200-lb towing capacity, and unsurpassed highway fuel economy.

SUM UP: Solid SUV ready for a restyle.
RATING: ***


2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Base Engine 3.5L/268-hp DOHC V-6
Optional Engine 3.0L/210-hp t-diesel DOHC V-6; 3.5L DOHC V-6 + elec motors/335-hp; 5.5L/382-hp DOHC V-8; 6.2L/503-hp DOHC V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 7A/8A
0-60 MPH 4.5-8.1 sec
Tow/Payload 4600-7200/1600-1650 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 11-21/15-25 mpg*
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 9
*Estimated