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2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Sport Utility

4MATIC 4dr 3.5L

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Sport Utility

The Mercedes-Benz 2009 M-Class is on-road friendly and a good family hauler, with improved ride and handling, while still maintaining its off-road ability. The ML320 BlueTEC is clean enough to be sold in all 50 states while still being notably fuel-frugal as well as luxurious. The ML550 adds more luxury and power, and the ML63 AMG leads the pack in exclusivity.

What's new for 2009?

The M-Class gets a number of exterior design updates for the 2009 model year, including a variety of revised wheels, new larger 3-louver grille (with large rectangular air inlet on ML63 AMG models), new side mirrors, new roof rails, and redesigned headlights and taillights utilizing the latest in projector beam and LED technology.

Model Strengths

  • Comfortable ride and seating
  • off-road ability
  • fuel-efficiency (ML320 BlueTEC)
  • acceleration (ML550 and ML63).

Model Review

The family of Mercedes-Benz ML models, together referred to as the M-Class, cover a range of duties from family-hauling and cargo-hauling errands to moderate off-roading--all in comfort and luxury.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class in order to give you an expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com's SUV experts researched available road tests on the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class to produce this conclusive review and to help you find the truth where other reviews might differ.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport-utility vehicle has gained a number of minor appearance changes that give it a slightly more sophisticated overall style. At the fore of the vehicle, the restyling begins at the front bumper incorporating new headlights with a distinctive brow that trims the top of a larger, lower grille bearing three silver ribs. Angular air intakes, widely set fog lights, and chrome trim are also new features of the ML's redesigned front end. In back, the M-Class receives a stainless-steel skid plate that wraps around dual exhausts and a recontoured rear bumper with recessed reflectors.

The 3.5-liter gas V-6 produces 268 horsepower and gets fuel economy of 15 mpg city, 20 highway. Next up is the 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML550, which wears some of the AMG model's body add-ons. A 5.5-liter V-8 grants it 382 hp, and a seven-speed automatic ushers out the power urgently and smoothly. This version can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, or faster than some two-door sports cars--but it gets 13/18 mpg. At the top of the ladder, the 503-horsepower Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG remains unchanged, with unapologetic 11/14 mpg fuel economy and supercar performance cloaked in its handsome, neatly detailed body.

Under the hood of the new 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320, the German manufacturer's BlueTEC clean diesel engine replaces the old ML320 CDI engine. The BlueTEC engine, in conjunction with the new AdBlue exhaust treatment system, meets emission standards in all 50 states, and gets 20 to 30 percent better fuel economy than its gas-powered counterparts, while producing 210 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. It can run upward of 600 miles on a tank, securely devouring interstate at impressive rates in virtually any weather. The diesel feels just as strong as the V-6 in most cases, while also being the best choice out of all the engines for towing.

On-road handling is the opposite of what you might expect: The steering is communicative, the ride is pretty well-controlled for a capable off-roader, and braking is good. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes equipped with full-time four-wheel drive and three mechanical differentials, which keep the ML planted on light off-roading, and even some of the hard-core stuff the Jeep crowds crow about. It helps that the ML550 sits on 255/55R-19 tires and wears big 13.8-inch front brakes and 13.0-inch rear vented discs. It can tow 7,200 pounds.

The front- and backseats have good headroom, and even in back, there's plenty of adult-sized space. There is no third-row seat option; that's the job of the larger GL-Class ute. In overall size and room, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is more than competitive with the likes of Ford's Explorer, Jeep's Grand Cherokee, and their ilk. Its wheelbase is 114.7 inches and overall length is 188.5 inches. With the rear seats folded down, cargo volume is 72.4 cubic feet and 29.4 cubic feet with the seats upright.

Stability control, anti-lock brakes, and traction control are standard, along with front, side, and curtain airbags. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a NHTSA five-star crash rating and a four-star rollover rating. PRE-SAFE, a safety system that senses collisions before they happen, is also now a standard feature on M-Class models.

For 2009, the COMAND screen-driven interface is all-new, featuring a larger 6.5-inch display screen with a standard in-dash, six-disc CD/DVD changer and a Bluetooth interface. The COMAND screen can display maps and directions for the optional GPS navigation system stored on the larger hard drive. The navigation system is now set up for Sirius traffic info and Zagat restaurant ratings. An optional 610-watt digital Harman Kardon Logic7 audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch screens, wireless headphones, and an integrated DVD player with dual-source capability are also available on 2009 M-Class models. For the driver, there's four-stage power lumbar support and a new four-spoke steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles.


The Bottom Line:

It ain't cheap, but the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class deserves its place atop the luxury SUV echelon.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles

Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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