Mercedes Benz M-Class Models and M-Class History

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class premiered in the 1998 model year as the German luxury brand's first sport utility sold in the United States manufactured at a newly-built Alabama assembly plant. Although acknowledged as the M-Class, the luxury sport utility vehicle was commonly referred with the ‘ML' moniker including in Mercedes-Benz's familiar alphanumeric naming. Debuting as the ML320 powered by a 3.2-liter V-6 engine, a V-8 equipped ML430 was added for 1999. A high-performance centered 342-horsepower ML55 AMG arrived in 2000 while a manually selectable automatic transmission also appeared the same year. Equipment enhancements followed the M-Class through the first generation such as Hill Descent Control in 2001 and side curtain airbags in 2002. The second generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class debuted for the 2006 model year as a larger seven-passenger capacity vehicle. A diesel-powered ML320 CDI premiered in 2008 alongside a 502-horsepower ML63 AMG. Offered exclusively as an all-wheel drive since its inception, a 2009 refresh of the M-Class included a new rear-wheel drive. The following year, a hybrid gasoline/electric version of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class was added to the lineup but was dropped after 2011. Completely re-engineered in 2012, the sophisticated M-Class featured a new seven-speed automatic transmission as well as technologies such as Agility Control Suspension. After the 2015 model year, Mercedes-Benz adopted a new naming strategy to their vehicle lineup resulting in the M-Class being renamed the GLE-Class.

New and Used M-Class Prices, Mercedes Benz M-Class Model Years and History

Roomy and comfortable for a midsized SUV crossover, the M-Class offers luxuriousness and a smooth ride with plenty storage capacity and towing ability.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 3.7
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.3
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.7

A luxury SUV with seating for five, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a safe and technologically advanced vehicle, making it an ideal family vehicle.
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 3 / 5
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 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
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Unchanged for 2013, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a five passenger luxury SUV available in a diesel variant.
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 3 / 5
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 3 / 5
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 3 / 5
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A five passenger luxury SUV, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is available with a diesel engine that produces 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 3.8
Fuel Economy
 3.2
Interior Comfort
 4.2
Acceleration
 3.5
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 3.5
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 3.5

A luxury SUV, the 2011 M-Class offers a variety of engine selections, making it a versatile SUV that can suit anyone's needs.
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 3 / 5
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 3 / 5
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 3 / 5
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A full-size luxury SUV with seating for five passengers, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is now available as a two-mode hybrid for increased fuel-economy.
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Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 4.5
Acceleration
 4.5
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

With high quality, prestige and safety at its command, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV offers a wide range of engines and comfort for five passengers.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 3.3
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.3
Ride Quality
 4.3
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a full-size luxury SUV with seating for five and a range of engines to choose from, including an economic diesel up to a powerful 6.3L AMG V8.
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 4 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.8
Acceleration
 4.2
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 4.2

A mid-size luxury SUV with seating for five, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers a range of trims which vary from the efficient diesel ML320CDI up to the hot-rod ML63 AMG.
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Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 2.5
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.0
Handling
 3.0
Ride Quality
 3.5
Overall Rating
 3.5

A mid-size luxury SUV with seating for five passengers, the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is in the second year of its new styling and comes standard with AWD.
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Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 3.5
Fuel Economy
 2.5
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 3.8
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.5
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a mid-size luxury SUV that comes very well-equipped and features 4Matic AWD as part of its standard equipment.
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

A mid-size luxury SUV with seating for up to five, the 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has dropped the ML55 AMG from the lineup and is offered as the ML350 and Ml500.
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.0
Handling
 2.5
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 3.0

A mid-size five-passenger SUV, the 2003 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes very well-equipped and is offered with a range of engine choices, from mild to wild.
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 2.7
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.7
Dependability
 4.7
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 3.7
Overall Rating
 4.3

The 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a mid-size SUV that seats five passengers and is available as the 215 hp ML320, 288 hp ML500, and the 342 hp ML55 AMG.
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 3.5
Interior Comfort
 4.5
Acceleration
 4.5
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.5

A mid-size SUV with room for five, the 2001 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes standard with AWD and is available in three trims; the ML320, ML430, and the powerful ML55 AMG.
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 3.5
Fuel Economy
 2.5
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.5
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

A luxury SUV, the 2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes standard with AWD and is available in three well-equipped and capable trims, including a performance AMG version.
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 3.2
Fuel Economy
 2.8
Interior Comfort
 3.8
Acceleration
 3.8
Dependability
 3.8
Handling
 3.8
Ride Quality
 4.2
Overall Rating
 3.2

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Among the Best
5 / 5
Better than Most
4 / 5
About Average
3 / 5
The Rest
2 / 5

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