The steering's gone electric, but isn't completely numb; it corners neatly, though with less heft and feedback than before. No third-row seat is offered, but the rear seat folds and splits to expand the storage area. Finding a comfortable driving position isn't difficult, even for taller drivers. The dash cap is padded, leaving only the sides of the center console that run along the transmission tunnel covered in tougher stuff. It sounds it, too, noticeably more throaty at full bore, but just as smooth and responsive. It pulls to 60 mph in about 8. The plastics are softer now, and the band's swelled into a more organic shape--wood on some models, metallic plastic on others, with new details formed in and gimballed vents drilled into the span, breaking up the surface.
. It includes 19-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, and Bluetooth connectivity. Tailored and bolstered for long-distance support, the firm chairs offer plenty of room for tall drivers to find a good driving position. Fred did find car color I wanted and I ended up buying it from them. Mercedes quotes a 0-60 mph time of about 6. Top speed's also limited to 130 mph.
The engine is gutsy and vibrant, with a more pleasant sound than before, and it delivers 0-to-60-mph times of 6. Inside, it's less of the same this year. The second-row seats offer up enough knee room and three children will fit across the bench seat. The queasy body motions and pitchiness you find in some other comparable vehicles during abrupt maneuvers is remarkably absent here. New safety features added last year included Attention Assist, which uses cameras to measure drowsy driving--and to suggest a coffee stop when needed. 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 quality of that plastic, and of the interior's styling, improved last year. There's ample room for all passengers, and the front seats are supportive and nicely tailored. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes on all versions--power-actuated on some--and with good visibility all around, it's simple to find an ideal driving position. The wide band of trim across the dash has swelled into a more organic shape, and it's trimmed in wood or a metallic plastic, and studded by gimballed vents for an upscale look. But its four-wheel-drive system adjusts as the various traction systems determine where torque is needed most. I also need 4 new tires so Have the car checked out thoroughly by mechanic. Unfortunately I did not identify the emails the email list showed an individual's name as opposed to the dealership.
Knee room is fine in the second-row seat, and the angular roofline preserves head room, too. Later in the week when I picked up the vehicle, the minor items were fixed, we concluded the transaction and in my opinion the whole process was relatively easy and painless. 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. Mercedes-Benz has been a tech pioneer for quite some time in the automotive industry, combining cutting-edge features with an impeccable luxury finish. 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. It's not light or insubstantial--it is, after all, a Mercedes-Benz--but neither is it as heavy or ponderous behind the wheel as the brand's full-size sedans and trucks. It's an almost old-fashioned look in these days of aerodynamic sleekness even for tall utility vehicles; but don't be fooled: Those square-cut looks hide a comfortable and quiet crossover with good driving manners that's a fine vehicle in which to cover many miles.
On the spec sheet, you'll see standard vinyl upholstery, but leather is an option. Because I didn't know the individual, I thought it was spam and didn't open the messages right away. Another package bundles leather seating with memory seats and ambient lighting. When I finally opened them, I had already made a purchase. 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. It's rated at 28 mpg combined 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway. As for the drivetrains, that's all going to be a matter of personal preferences—assuming smaller, boxy and German is your cup of tea.
A Lane Tracking Package combines safety features including blind-spot monitors and lane-keeping assist, while another Driver Assistance package brings in adaptive cruise control and active blind-spot assist with brake intervention. Paddle controls for the shifter--now relocated to the steering column--are standard. New for the 2014 model year is a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, which boosts fuel-economy ratings almost 50 percent. The ersatz stuff is good enough that only you and your auto-loan underwriter will know the difference. With four people on board, the 23. That's an intentional design statement, even if it's a little reminiscent of older Japanese utility vehicles of yore. With a big advantage in fuel economy, the diesel's the clear choice.
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