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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
'Good,' frontal, side, rear, and roof strength; Top Safety Pick
we sometimes found the "Lane Keeping Assist" safety option a little too active in nudging us back into our lane when we strayed across the center line
on offer is Mercedes' Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control system, which will help brake the ML to a stop in panic situations as well as maintain proper distance to leading vehicles
Mercedes-Benz has a longstanding reputation for active and passive safety that goes well past requirements and expectations, and the new 2012 M Class is no exception.
It's not all that surprising that the M Class gets top 'good' ratings in all crash-test categories from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), along with the group's Top Safety Pick nod.
What makes the M Class special among rivals is its active and passive safety. Its available Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control is one of the most sophisticated and unobtrusive systems on any vehicle—capable of coming to a full stop with traffic and restarting, and potentially reducing fatigue. Pre-Safe, Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Assist (all optional) help keep you out of accidents.
For those times when you are yawning (and perhaps weaving) a little too much, Mercedes-Benz has that covered, too. Attention Assist, which takes tabs on driving style to help identify the signs of drowsy driving—triggering a coffee-cup icon and some warning beeps—is now a standard feature on all M Class models.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class lives up to the luxury brand's decades-long reputation for occupant safety that goes above and beyond.