2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Overview
2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is the middle child of Mercedes’ more conventional SUV offerings, fitting in between the smaller GLK-Class and the larger GL-Class. It competes with other midsize luxury SUVs like the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.
The M-Class adds new features for 2013, including mbrace2 telematics and collision prevention, which can detect impending collisions and helps to slow the vehicle. Also new is an On- and Off-Road package which brings a two-stage transfer case, adjustable transmission settings, and a locking diff.
Styling is sharp on the 2013 M-Class, with plenty of angles and inlets which give it a busy, aggressive look from the front. It’s an overall look that trends more towards racy than rugged. The hood and fenders are made from lightweight aluminum, and the C-pillars angle sharply towards the back of the SUV which gives second row passengers even more window space. 19-inch wheels and a power liftgate are standard.
Mercedes splits the M-Class models up by what you find under the hood. The base model is the ML350 which has a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 273 pounds-feet of torque, and comes in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Next is the efficient ML350 Bluetec that comes with a 240-hp, 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 making 455 pounds-feet of torque and gets 28 mpg on the highway. The ML550 gets even more power with a 402-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 under the hood that makes 443 pound-feet of torque. Topping the M-Class is the high-performance ML63 AMG and its 518-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that produces 516 pounds-feet of torque. All M-Class models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard on all models minus the ML350.
Inside, the 2013 M-Class features a luxurious cabin designed to enhance passenger comfort on journeys short and long. A 7-inch LCD display in the center console is used to control the audio and phone settings, either by touch or with a small knob found between the front seats near the armrest. Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary/USB inputs, and HD Radio are standard, as are heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control for added comfort. Other interior options include massaging seats for driver and front passenger, heated rear seats, premium surround-sound audio system, hard-drive-based navigation system, and rear-seat entertainment system.
Mercedes’ focus on safety extends to the M-Class which offers nine standard airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver, side curtain airbags and side-impact airbags for both rows of seats. Some of the latest safety technology also comes standard, such as Attention Assist driver-drowsiness detection, Collision Prevention Assist, mbrace2, and Pre-Safe, which prepares the cabin for a potential impact or rollover. Even more safety technology is optional, such as lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot warning system, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, front and rear parking sensors, and parking assist with backup camera.