(4.4) 19 reviews
MSRP: $16,741$35,417
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 16-23
Engine: 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Our Take on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Our Take

Entering its third generation, Mercedes-Benz's midsize five-seat M-Class SUV gets more powerful engines and new interior and exterior styling. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Land Rover LR4 and BMW X5.Mercedes also markets the ML63 AMG, a high-performance version of the M-Class powered by ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Feels wider than it is
  • Air suspension's modes could be more distinct
  • Nonlinear brake feel
  • Dated seat-folding design
  • Real leather not standard

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Improved Comand interface
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Standard AWD
  • Optional air suspension

4 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.