Mercedes ML320

Mercedes ML320

When the Mercedes-Benz M-Class debuted, it was supposed to be known as the M 350 (or whatever numbers designated the engine size). However, BMW objected to the use of the M followed by numbers — it was too close to its vaunted M range. This forced Mercedes-Benz to change it to the ML 350. The confusion was, and is, that it’s listed as the M-Class and not ML-Class. In an effort to clear up the confusion and streamline its SUV naming structure.

The ML’s cabin is second to none and, in the tester’s case, it arrived loaded to the nines. The list of amenities counted power everything including a panoramic roof, very comfortable heated front buckets and the ability to tailor the driving position to a tee. One much appreciated touch was the heated/cooled cup holder  — it kept my morning Joe toasty long after it would have normally cooled off.

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