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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good" front and side
Five stars, front and side impacts
Long list of safety equipment
Kelley Blue Book
standard "hill descent/ascent control
backup camera image doesn't automatically come up on the screen
Safety hasn't changed much with the 2010 edition of the ML-Class, but the SUV has lost its Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Chalk that up to the insurance group's changes to its criteria-and the addition of a roof-crush standard that hasn't been tested yet with the ML-Class.
The M-Class still has a five-star crash rating and a four-star rollover rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Stability control, anti-lock brakes, and traction control are standard, along with front, side, and curtain airbags. PRE-SAFE, a safety system that senses collisions before they happen, is also now a standard feature on M-Class models, as are hill descent and ascent control.
New this year is a standard tire pressure monitoring system, along with POST-SAFE, which unlocks doors and shuts down the fuel and powertrain after an accident.
Safety options include a set of parking sensors and a rearview camera. They're standard on the ML63 AMG, however.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has almost perfect crash-safety ratings and options for the newest must-have safety features.