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Rating 63/100 Background In the premium midsize crossover sport-utility segment there are a couple of athletic entries that feel as if they could give a sport sedan a run for the money on a deserted, curvy road. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is not among them. But for the greater majority of people shopping for a …

Rating 72/100 Background Remember a certain defunct American brand that promised "driving excitement"? Well, Pontiac’s old tagline wouldn’t work so well for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Unless you opt for the exclusive ML63 AMG version of this five-passenger midsize crossover SUV, the ML simply doesn’t feel very athletic or graceful when going around turns, and …

Rating 62/100 Background The redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a perfect example of subtle evolution. When you’ve got something good going, why make radical changes? As such, the newest Mercedes M-Class, despite having all-new sheet metal, is instantly recognizable as the brand’s popular midsize SUV. Styling is cleaned up a bit, as the grille returns …

Rating 68/100 Background Few luxury-brand automakers offer such a wide range of crossover SUVs as Mercedes-Benz. Walking into a Benz showroom and looking at crossovers is akin to selecting a gallon of milk at the supermarket; in both cases, you’ll encounter more alternatives than you’d likely imagined. Similar to 2-percent milk, the M-Class has long …

Rating 67/100 Background Believe it or not, Mercedes-Benz offers more crossovers and SUVs than any other luxury automaker. The M-Class got the ball rolling more than a decade ago, and now in its second generation it represents a middle ground for Mercedes shoppers searching for more utility and an elevated drive height. If the GLK …

Rating 53/100 Background Mercedes introduced its first luxury SUV, the ML, nearly a decade ago. Now in its second generation, the model now known as the M-Class has evolved from a truck-based body-on-frame SUV to a carlike, easy-to-handle utility vehicle. After various suspension revisions, safety improvements and equipment upgrades over the years, the M-Class emerges …

Rating 70/100 Background With so many premium-badged luxury SUVs available now, it’s easy to forget that just 10 years ago Mercedes-Benz was one of the first with its M-Class. The original, truck-based (body-on-frame) M-Class was a strong seller for the brand, despite a number of early build quality issues related to its new U.S.-based production. …

Rating 77/100 Background In the late 1990s, Mercedes-Benz was one of the first automakers to recognize America’s desire for a luxury-themed SUV. The original ML, while truckish in nature and plagued by early quality problems, was a solid sales success. Last year, Mercedes introduced the second-generation M-Class, and in almost all aspects it’s a better …

The last thing you want is to spend money on a luxury SUV for it to encounter recurring problems due to design or part malfunctions. If your SUV is creating problems which prevent you from using it to its maximize purpose, then it can dwindle your confidence in that vehicle. That said, how can you …

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2016 BMW X6

Rating 67/100 Background You could put together a pretty good argument that the BMW X6 is the car that killed the "U" in SUV. Once upon a time, all sport-utility vehicles were boxy-looking and were meant for hauling people and cargo. But the X6, which is now in its second generation after last year’s full …

Rating 63/100 Background What’s in a name? When it comes to the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, the answer is, "quite a lot." That’s because this replacement for the previous M-Class midsize SUV gets much more than a simple name change. While much is related and indeed identical to the M-Class, the GLE gets a wealth …

Rating 83/100 Background For a minute there, it looked as if the 2015 Porsche Cayenne might get lost in the shuffle. With the debut of the compact Porsche Macan crossover SUV earlier this year, the Cayenne suddenly wasn’t the hottest SUV under Porsche’s roof. But it seems the Cayenne’s designers couldn’t just stand idly by …