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Selected Style 4MATIC 4-Door ML350
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 17 22 $45,561 $48,990
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 BlueTEC 20 27 $46,956 $50,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML550 15 20 $53,559 $57,590
4MATIC 4-Door ML63 AMG 14 18 $88,341 $94,990
RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Laredo 17 23 $26,803 $27,195
RWD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $34,724 $36,795
RWD 4-Door Overland 17 23 $37,545 $39,895
RWD 4-Door Overland Summit 17 23 $37,545 $39,895
4WD 4-Door Laredo 16 23 $28,743 $29,195
4WD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $37,059 $39,295
4WD 4-Door Overland 16 23 $40,790 $43,395
4WD 4-Door Overland Summit 16 23 $40,790 $43,395
4WD 4-Door SRT8 12 18 $52,150 $54,670
RWD 4-Door Laredo Altitude 17 23 $26,803 $27,195
4WD 4-Door Laredo Altitude 16 23 $28,743 $29,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,561
$26,803
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,990
$27,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$817 / month
$453 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee only gets better this year with the addition of the SRT8's thundering HEMI V-8.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 38.4 38.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 132.7 105.4
Second Hip Room (in) 58.3 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.5 58.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 39.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 58.0
Front Leg Room (in) 40.3 40.3
Front Hip Room (in) 58.3 57.0
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 76.3
Track Width, Front (in) 64.7 63.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.2 8.6
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 189.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 71.5 69.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 32.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 65.2 64.1
Wheelbase (in) 114.8 114.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 71.0 68.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 41.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 36.2 35.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.3 12.9 x 1.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.8 x 0.6 12.6 x 0.6
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 27.7 24.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.6 3.67
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.6 18.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.7 37.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P255/50R19 P265/50R20
Rear Tire Order Code NA TY8
Front Tire Size P255/50R19 P265/50R20
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA TY8
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBK
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1080 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 7200 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4751 4470
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 20 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 20 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.0 14.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 700
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 160
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 273 @ 3500-5250 260 @ 4800
Engine Order Code NA ERB
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 302 @ 6500 290 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 3.59
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.41
Trans Type 7 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD - NA
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 2.19
Trans Order Code NA DGJ
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz M-Class Jeep Grand Cherokee
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Independent SLA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.6 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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