Mercedes ML550: Faster and Better

The new 2008 ML550's new 5.5 liter V8 engine, great looks and lithe performance explain why this big SUV is still a big seller

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Serious speed, roomy interior, optional adaptive damping system

The Bad: High price, mediocre fuel economy, no third-row seats

The Bottom Line: Porsche-style speed with Mercedes luxury and convenience

Up Front

One of the oddities of the car market is how well big SUVs are selling, despite the rise in gasoline prices. And among the hottest right now is one of the most expensive: the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Last year, U.S. sales of the M-Class rose 7.1% to 33,879—and then soared 37.7% to 3,237 in January.

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