The Total Car Score of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid ranks near the top of its class. The five-passenger ML450 Hybrid is one of the rarer hybrids on the market, offered in limited quantities and only for two years.
The two-mode hybrid system was developed in a joint venture with BMW, Chrysler and General Motors. Critics say it is effective but expensive to produce (and therefore to buy). Most prefer the diesel option which is cheaper and at least as efficient. The hybrid’s towing capacity is also diminished compared with its conventional counterparts -- although it can still pull a respectable 5,000 pounds.
Otherwise, reviewers like the ML450 Hybrid for the same reasons they like other ML models. They praise the vehicle’s general performance, which balances pleasant on-road dynamics with refinement, comfort and off-road capability. The hybrid's battery pack does not take up any passenger or cargo space. The cachet of the three-pointed star is another plus.
In the final year before a complete redesign, the ML450 Hybrid sees no major changes for 2011 and is not scheduled to return next year.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid is one model in the wider M-Class range of five-seater, midsize premium SUV crossovers.
It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a dual-mode hybrid system with two electric motors. One motor is used for pulling away under electric power, the other for acceleration. Total output is 335 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque, sent to a transmission developed especially for this model that combines eight ratios with a continuously variable setup. The vehicle comes from the factory with M-B's 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
Other standard features include vinyl upholstery, dual-zone climate control, adjustable air suspension, Bluetooth and 17-inch alloy wheels. Options are numerous, including a navigation system, Harmon/Kardon audio, heated seats front and rear, rear DVD entertainment, power liftgate and 19-inch wheels.
Standard safety kit includes side curtain airbags, plus hill descent and hill start assistance. Optional safety features include blind spot assistance, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a rearview camera and front and rear park assist.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid is EPA-rated at 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.
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