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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML550


Capable Luxury SUV

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML550

In short: A smart, stylish and versatile all-wheel-drive SUV.

Mercedes-Benz ML550 Review

This V8-powered luxury SUV may look pretty; however, behind its stylish sheet metal and high-tech accoutrements is a high-performance, off-road-ready automobile. Boasting 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, the Mercedes-Benz ML550 shoots from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds — faster than many cars half its weight.

An interior view of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML550

The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive and a 4-wheel electronic traction system allow the ML550 to traverse the rough stuff with ease, while Mercedes' Agility Control suspension system provides an ideal blend of refinement and responsiveness. No matter how far off the beaten path you may roam, though, finding your way back home is easy with the COMAND infotainment system with 80GB hard-drive navigation.

A three-quarter rear view of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML550

Set the soundtrack to your adventures with Bluetooth audio streaming and the specially-engineered harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround-sound system.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile corrosion warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance program

Base Price: $57,590 / As tested: $78,355

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 4.6-liter V8 engine
Horsepower: 402 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque:443 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,750 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,984 lbs
Wheelbase: 114.8 in
Length/Width/Height:189.1/84.3/70.7 in
Turning circle: 38.7 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with adaptive braking technology; ABS; brake assist
Suspension: independent double wishbone front; independent 4-link rear; agility control

Traction: electronic stability program; 4-wheel electronic traction system

0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
15 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

dual-stage front airbags; driver knee airbag; front and rear side airbags; front and rear window curtain airbags

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