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2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

$14,088 — $33,488 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
15-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Diesel engine's torque
  • Highway poise
  • Forward visibility
  • Rich-looking interior

The Bad

  • Feels wider than it is
  • Air suspension's modes could be more distinct
  • Nonlinear brake feel
  • Dated seat-folding design
  • Real leather not standard
2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • New standard safety equipment
  • New On- and Off-Road Package
  • New interior options
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional air suspension

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

In 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 a 518-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8. There's also an available all-wheel-drive diesel variant called the ML350 Bluetec 4Matic.

(Skip to details on the: ML63 AMG)
New for 2013
For 2013, all M-Class models get standard safety equipment like mbrace2 in-car telematics and collision prevention assist. An optional On- and Off-Road Package is new, bringing a two-stage transfer case, longitudinal locking differential and six transmission settings.  On the inside, the driver and passenger seats now have an optional massaging function.

The V-6-powered ML350 is also now available with rear-wheel drive.

Exterior
From the front, the M-Class has a snarly look, and LED daytime running lights are standard. A chrome plate starts just below the radiator grille and extends downward to the front underpinnings. A distinguishing feature of the M-Class has been its flowing C-pillars. To save weight, the hood and fenders are made from lightweight aluminum. Exterior features include:

  • 19-inch wheels standard; 19- and 20-inch AMG-style wheels optional
  • Power liftgate 
  • LED taillights
  • Available running boards
  • Available bi-xenon headlamps with washers
  • Optional tilt-sliding panoramic glass roof

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Vehicle Overview

In 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 a 518-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8. There's also an available all-wheel-drive diesel variant called the ML350 Bluetec 4Matic.

(Skip to details on the: ML63 AMG)
New for 2013
For 2013, all M-Class models get standard safety equipment like mbrace2 in-car telematics and collision prevention assist. An optional On- and Off-Road Package is new, bringing a two-stage transfer case, longitudinal locking differential and six transmission settings.  On the inside, the driver and passenger seats now have an optional massaging function.

The V-6-powered ML350 is also now available with rear-wheel drive.

Exterior
From the front, the M-Class has a snarly look, and LED daytime running lights are standard. A chrome plate starts just below the radiator grille and extends downward to the front underpinnings. A distinguishing feature of the M-Class has been its flowing C-pillars. To save weight, the hood and fenders are made from lightweight aluminum. Exterior features include:

  • 19-inch wheels standard; 19- and 20-inch AMG-style wheels optional
  • Power liftgate 
  • LED taillights
  • Available running boards
  • Available bi-xenon headlamps with washers
  • Optional tilt-sliding panoramic glass roof

Interior
All M-Class models have a color instrument cluster display, and a 7-inch screen is part of Mercedes' Comand system, which controls various functions like audio and phone settings via a control knob near the middle armrest.

Standard entertainment features include Bluetooth audio streaming, a CD/DVD player, and auxiliary and USB inputs. Other interior features include:

  • Available massaging seats for driver and front passenger
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats 
  • Optional premium surround-sound audio system 
  • Optional hard-drive-based navigation system 
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system

Under the Hood
The M-Class' steel suspension features Agility Control adaptive damping. The optional Airmatic self-leveling air suspension includes Sport and Comfort modes. Mechanical features include:

  • 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 302 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque (ML350)
  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel that makes 240 hp and 455 pounds-feet of torque (ML350 Bluetec) 
  • Twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 402 hp and 443 pounds-feet of torque (ML550)
  • Available On- and Off-Road Package 
  • Available all-wheel drive

Safety
The M-Class has nine standard airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver, side curtain airbags and side-impact airbags for both rows of seats. Also standard are Attention Assist driver-drowsiness detection, Collision Prevention Assist, mbrace2, and Pre-Safe, which prepares the cabin for a potential impact or rollover. Optional safety features include:

  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control with automatic braking
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Parking assist with backup camera

ML63 AMG
Buyers looking for power can choose the high-performance ML63 AMG. It's powered by a 518-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that produces 516 pounds-feet of torque. If 518 hp isn't enough, there's an available AMG Performance Package that adds 32 hp for a total of 550 hp. With the package, the claimed zero-to-60-mph time is just 4.6 seconds, and the top speed is 174 mph. The V-8 teams with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and the SUV comes with all-wheel drive.

The ML63 AMG features a leather interior with a black headliner. There's also a flat-bottom AMG Performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, aluminum- and leather-trimmed dashboard, and heated and ventilated front seats.

On the outside, the ML63 AMG gets a much more aggressive front bumper with a larger lower grille shroud, deeper front and rear under-bumper aprons, more pronounced rocker panels, 20-inch wheels and chrome quad exhaust tips. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
36 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

GREAT TORQUE, FAST & DECENT MILEAGE

by LandL from San Francisco, CA on August 11, 2018

This car was purchased for towing my boat and it did a great job! Can tow up to 7,200 lbs, and has 455 ft lbs torque. Good mpg (22/29) for an SUV. Diesel engine is very quiet and some people don't ... Read full review

(5.0)

Needs met, especially comfortable traveling.

by Krackker from Hartford on August 7, 2018

This vehicle is just what I desired. It satisfies my needs when I am traveling. There?s such ease when driving and the gas consumption is ok. I am not so happy with the steps into the vehicle skuffs ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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