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2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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4MATIC 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 17 22 $45,561 $48,990
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 27 $46,956 $50,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 15 20 $53,559 $57,590
4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 14 18 $88,341 $94,990
FWD 4-Door
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,561
$36,537
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,990
$39,075
Monthly Payment Estimate
$817 / month
$651 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
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. A safe luxury-crossover choice for many good reasons, the 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers a serene driving experience and lots of cool tech features.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
58.3 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 36.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 100.9
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.0
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 57.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 43.1
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 107.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.3 74.2
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 7.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 187.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.5 67.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.2 63.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
36.2 40.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
71.0 80.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
41.9 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.3 12.9 x - TBD -
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 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
27.7 19.2
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 14.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 38.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 P235/60VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 P235/60VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
1080 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4751 4178
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 3500-5250 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 3.30
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.42
Trans Type
7 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 4.40
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Lexus RX 350
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 4
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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