Mercedes Mmm Class

Bigger, faster, more stylish and aerodynamic, the Mercedes-Benz ML500 is one gorgeous SUV

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Beautiful styling; better reliability; more fun to drive

The Bad: Gets lousy gas mileage; no third row; gear shifter takes getting used to

The Bottom Line: Mercedes nails it with the ML500 but poor fuel economy hurts sales

Slide Show > >When Mercedes introduced its first SUV, the M Class, in 1997, many people were disappointed. Even though it debuted with some impressive technological achievements, such as stability control and side airbags, there were problems with initial quality. It was boxy. It didn't feel enough like a luxury vehicle, let alone a Mercedes. But it became the third-best-selling Mercedes model in North America, after the C Class and the E Class.

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