2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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26 reviews
Available Price Range $7,020-$15,464 Trims2 Combined MPG 16-18 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat impaired side-rear visibility
  • Grabby transmission when slowing to halt
  • Small navigation screen
  • Radio and navigation controls

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2006
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Standard 4WD
  • Enlarged dimensions
  • New unibody platform


Our Expert Reviews

Mercedes-Benz caught the world's luxury automakers flat-footed when the ML320 first appeared on the scene in 1997. The vaunted Mercedes selling a passenger truck? Unheard of!The M-Class, arguably the first luxury sport utility behind Range Rover, was an immediate hit, kicking off a whole range of midsize SUVs with high-end appeal.But success was fleeting when the M-Class racked up a dismal... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 26 reviews

Terrible car from such a prestigous company

by car enthusiast from L.A. California on May 14, 2009

bought car used with 12,000 miles on it. have had nothing but problems since. the car lacks the fit and finish of other benzes. rattles left and right. speaker system makes noises even when off. has h... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mercedes-Benz M-Class Base

Head Restraints and Seats

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mercedes-Benz M-Class Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mercedes-Benz M-Class Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mercedes-Benz M-Class Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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