We'll update this rating and this page as soon as those figures are available. Coupled to the carried-over seven-speed automatic, which gets paddle controls and a shifter on the steering column instead of the console, the new V-6 feels gutsy and vibrant. With a new turbodiesel 2. This is simply my opinion based on driving the car and it is completely unfiltered. No third-row seat is offered, but the rear seat folds and splits to expand the storage area. It can go into downtown easily and also off the beaten path once in a while without a problem.
The suspension is tuned to be taut but well damped; it doesn't allow much body motion, but soaks up most roughness while the cabin stays tight and quiet. That depends entirely on what you are using it for and what you expect to get out of your money. Top speed's also limited to 130 mph. The queasy body motions and pitchiness you find in some other comparable vehicles during abrupt maneuvers is remarkably absent here. It earns excellent crash-test scores from the agency reporting thus far, and this year, it's been refreshed with a slew of new features that improve its standing in the crossover class. With four people on board, the 23.
The dash cap is padded, leaving only the sides of the center console that run along the transmission tunnel covered in tougher stuff. Almost every backup camera does this. Finding a comfortable driving position isn't difficult, even for taller drivers. One last pet peeve I have is that the car can be a little loud on the highway. We've driven both versions overseas, prior to their U. At night it looks very nice.
Gas mileage is unreleased as of yet, but a couple of miles per gallon on either cycle isn't out of the question. There's much to decide, if you're narrowing down your crossover choices to something boxy and German. The seat adjustments sit on the door panel, a design aspect that I personally love about Mercedes and it makes adjusting the seats easy and simple. On the spec sheet, you'll see standard vinyl upholstery, but leather is an option. It seems to be just right. Interior room is ample for passengers, and the front seats are supportive and nicely tailored. As far as gauge clusters go this one is top notch.
Mercedes quotes a 0-60 mph time of about 6. We expect that to change in the 2013 model year, for two reasons--those reasons being a new V-6, and a new turbodiesel four. Tailored and bolstered for long-distance support, the firm chairs offer plenty of room for tall drivers to find a good driving position. The road manners haven't changed much at all, despite the switch to electric steering. Some might call this nitpicking though. They're all about egg-shaped smoothness and unruffled curves. The layout of the cabin puts everything at your fingertips mostly utilizing the center console control knob which is easily reached by the driver and passenger alike.
Steering the car is sharp and crisp as well, with lots of nice feedback, something I was surprised by, to say the least. The quality of that plastic, and of the interior's styling, has gotten better for 2013. There is a tendency for used car shoppers to see steep discounts on luxury cars and assume it means they are cheap to own, but the truth is that they are so heavily depreciated because of the cost of ownership. This is likely due to it sharing the C-Class sedan chassis, but the responsiveness of the steering makes the car very nice to handle. The car is beautiful with the optional headlight upgrade, it really should have been standard equipment. The second-row seats offer up enough knee room and three children will fit across the bench seat.
It sounds it, too, noticeably more throaty at full bore, but just as smooth and responsive. Mercedes-Benz has been a tech pioneer for quite some time in the automotive industry, combining cutting-edge features with an impeccable luxury finish. It includes 19-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, and Bluetooth connectivity. The wood inlays in the dash are very nice but unfortunately, age has caused some blemishes which would indicate that the woodgrain the car might not have been the highest of quality, but it still looks sharp. Official numbers haven't been released yet but we expect a healthy increase in fuel economy. One thing about this car is that it looks good. The door shuts firmly without rattle, the steering wheel feels nice, the push button start is large and the cabin feels spacious without seeming over the top.
The steering's gone electric, but hasn't gone completely numb; it corners neatly, though with less heft and feedback than before. But its four-wheel-drive system adjusts as the various traction systems determine where torque is needed most. New this year on all models is mbrace2, the Mercedes connectivity suite that puts mobile apps in touch with the vehicle--so that Yelp, Google search, and Facebook are a voice command or fingertip touch away. The ersatz stuff is good enough that only you and your auto-loan underwriter will know the difference. .
Probably fine for kids and the occasional back seat passengers, but definitely not suited for two adults making a road trip. Mercedes-Benz is known for producing beautiful cars and this model certainly has aged gracefully. Almost, that is, except its traditionalist body. It always catches me off guard how agile the car feels despite it being high off the ground and top-heavy. The gauges and controls still are remarkably straightforward, but the vaguely retro tone that lingered through the cabin is gone, replaced by something much more contemporary. I was able to fit an entire toolbox from Home Depot in the back as well as a full sized dresser.