The M-Class is a great example of how German finesse can be combined with American muscle to create something that is both powerful and beautiful. This is one of the original luxury SUVs introduced in North America, which is also its biggest market.
Built in Alabama, the M-Class has improved itself over the course of each new model year. The second-generation in particular has been a model of improvement, after it replaced the first generation that was notorious for its poor build quality and reliability.
The current generation does not differ drastically from the previous version, but it does continue the evolution of the SUV with the addition of new features and enhanced power. Here is a closer look at one of the top picks among midsized luxury SUVs.
New For 2013
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class now comes with a rear-drive ML350. This year also marks the introduction of the following new standard equipment:
- Collision Prevention Assist
- Mbrace2 telematics system
- Color display screen
- Upholstered dashboard
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class also comes with some new optional equipment, including like the following:
- Multi-contour front passenger and driver seats with massage functionality
- Comfort headrests
- Two-stage transfer case
- Driver selectable transmission settings
- Longitudinal differential lock
Despite the fact that the M-Class is smallest among Mercedes-Benz’s line of midsize SUVs, its sculpted exterior makes it appear large and menacing. The vehicle comes with a chrome trim around the side and body-colored bumpers, along with standard daytime running lights.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes with a power lift gate, and can be fitted with roof rails, a roof spoiler, tinted glass, an electric glass sunroof, and underbody protection for the engine and fuel tank.
Interior & Cargo
Up front, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has clear and easy-to-read gauges. Most of the controls are marked well and placed intuitively, but it can take a little time to get used to the overall layout. The navigation system combines touch-screen functions with dash-mounted controls and a knob on the console. Understanding this system’s various functions can take some time.
There are also some door-mounted switches, but they are easy to use for anyone familiar with the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns the distinction of being the first vehicle in the marque to get the new turn-signal stalk-and-cruise control.
As can be expected from a Mercedes-Benz, the M-Class’s interiors have an upscale feel. The standard wood trim and high-quality materials used inside add to the overall luxury appeal. The leather upholstery further enhances the appearance of the vehicle, as does the satin-chrome trim and the contrast stitch detailing.
The ML63 version of the M-Class has a more sporty feeling inside when compared to other models of the SUV. The unvarnished wood trim is a little unorthodox, but it is sure to appeal to most people. The only dull points inside the vehicle may be the glossy smooth panels and the optional piano-black trim.
The front seats of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class are roomy and comfortable with generous headroom and legroom. The power-adjustable steering wheel can make it easier for the driver to get comfortable.
Even though the M-Class is a little taller than the competition, entry and exit remains solid. The rear passengers also enjoy a good amount of legroom, headroom, and foot space. Visibility is good in all directions thanks to the retractable rear-seat headrests.
The cargo bay behind the rear seat is tall and offers lots of space. The spare tire has been thoughtfully kept in an under-floor storage space, freeing up maximum space in the cargo bay. If for some reason the cargo bay seems too small, the rear seat can be folded down fully for increased storage space.
Interior storage space in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is just about average, although the two large cup holders on the center console do stand out.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes with the full range of federally-mandated and commonly-added safety features. Apart from the standard safety features, the vehicle also comes with a driver fatigue alert system, seat-belt tensioners with pre-collision system, and rear side and front airbags.
The M63 AMG comes with additional safety features like lane-departure warning, a blind-spot alert, a rearview camera, and rear- and front-obstacle detection. These features come as options on the ML550 and ML350.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is available with four engine options. The ML350 and ML350 4MATIC come with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 302 horsepower (hp). The ML550 is fitted with a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 402 hp. The ML63 AMG is fitted with a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that delivers 518 hp.
All versions of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle offers plenty of smooth power irrespective of the engine. The ML63 engine with AMG Development Package delivers up to 550 hp, and features remarkable acceleration and top speeds. However, the difference between the AMG Development Package and the standard ML63 is not substantial.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
- BMW X5
- Audi Q7
- Cadillac Escalade