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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec 4Matic [w/video]

Proof That There's Still Life Left In The SUV Game It's getting harder and harder to hate SUVs these days. As manufacturers continue to walk down their own personal Green Mile toward stiffer CAFE standards, engineers have been working double-time to come up with creative ways to increase fuel economy without putting drivability or power on the sacrificial altar. As a result, the once-lumbering sport utilities of old have matured into smooth-riding, even-keeled unibody machines with the manners of significantly smaller models. Few vehicles embody that change quite as poignantly as the... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Diesel 3.0L V6
Power:
240 HP / 455 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$51,365 base
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