The 2014 M-Class carries over from the 2013 model year with minor color and trim changes. The Sport Styling package, previously available only on the ML550, can now be ordered on the ML350. Also new for 2014 is the option to special order a Splitview screen, which enables the central display to simultaneously reveal a navigation screen to the driver while the passenger watches a movie.
Which ML 550 is the Best?
Of 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class models, the ML350 BlueTEC is our choice. This advanced 50-state-legal clean diesel offers better fuel economy and a smaller carbon footprint than its gasoline-powered counterpart. It also has more torque than a lot of high-performance cars, making it an absolute delight in everyday driving, especially when launching from traffic lights or executing a highway passing maneuver. The ML350 BlueTEC is green, efficient and powerful off-the-line while still offering the luxury and refinement for which the M-Class is well known.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is available in four variants: the ML350, ML350 BlueTEC, ML550 and ML63 AMG.
The base ML350 ($47,790) is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 302 hp. Standard items include cruise control, HD radio, heated front seats, a power lift gate and a 7-speed transmission.
Opt for the ML350 BlueTEC ($51,790) and you'll get a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that churns a modest 240 hp but a thumpy 455 lb-ft of torque. While this diesel version shares much of the same basic equipment as the ML350, Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system -- a $2,500 option on the standard ML350 -- comes standard on the BlueTEC.
The ML550 ($59,450) is motivated by a 402 hp 4.7-liter V8 also mated to a standard 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, and is outfitted with sportier exterior bodywork.
The high-performance ML63 AMG ($97,250) gets you a grunty 5.5-liter twin turbocharged 518-hp V8 and the requisite upgrades to suspension and brakes. Surprisingly, the AMG version is the only M-Class that comes with standard leather seating. Items such as navigation, parking sensors, an upgraded 14-speaker sound system and cooled front seats are also standard on the ML63.
Options include a sport package with AMG body styling and 19-inch wheels for the ML350 ($2,500), a panorama roof ($1,090), a xenon lighting package ($1,390), a premium package with navigation, a 10-gig music register, SiriusXM radio, power folding mirrors and a rearview camera ($3,920). Some a la carte options such as Keyless Go ($650) are optional on all but the ML63 model.
City MPG / Hwy MPG
M-Class 4MATIC 4dr ML 550
$59450 / $55289
8 Cylinder Turbo
14 / 19
7-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz ML 550 a Safe Car?
In addition to its solid construction, the M-Class protects occupants with front, side, head curtain and driver's knee airbags. The front seats have active head restraints to minimize the potential of whiplash in a crash.
Further, the mbrace2 system will alert emergency responders in an accident, and a standard collision-prevention system works to prevent accidents altogether.
Driver-assistance technologies include Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assists and adaptive cruise control. Unfortunately, the ML350 doesn't offer Night View with Pedestrian Detection, a feature available on the brand's top sedans.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earned a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, scoring five stars in frontal and side crash tests, while receiving four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the M-Class a top safety pick rating, bestowing it with the maximum Good rating across five parameters.
2022 Mercedes-Benz ML 550 vs the competition
BMW X5 -- Comparable to the M-Class in price and equipment, the X5 is more of a driver's car with a stronger emphasis on handling dynamics.
Porsche Cayenne -- Offers a more engaging driving experience than the M-Class, whereas the M-Class delivers a plusher ride. The interior of the M-Class is more refined and biased toward comfort, not sportiness.
Acura MDX -- The M-Class has more power and performance, better ride and handling and a higher-quality interior. But Acura's all-wheel-drive system is better than Benz's 4Matic, making the MDX more capable in colder climates. The MDX is also less expensive.
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