A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a mid-size luxury SUV that combines utility and comfort to make the perfect every day vehicle. It can handle almost any terrain with its all-wheel drive model. Drivers and passengers will experience a quiet and comfortable ride no matter what the weather outside is like.

Key Features

The M-Class ML350, which is the standard model, comes with a 3.5 liter V6 engine that offers 302 hp at 6,500 rpm. The fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. A seven speed automatic transmission, power lift gate, power sunroof, dual climate control, and eight way heated front seats come standard on this vehicle.

Changes for 2012

For 2012, the M-Class received a sleeker design and a bigger exterior. Inside the vehicle, the interior was upgraded along with its technology features. The V6 and V8 engines are more powerful for 2012, yet more fuel efficient than past models.

What We Like

The power tailgate is a great feature, especially when your hands are full of kids or groceries. With just the push of a button, the gate opens and closes. Another nice feature is the folding rear seats that make extra room for cargo.

What Concerns Us

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class seats five people, so if you need something bigger you may need to look at the Audi Q7, Infiniti JX, or the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. The steering is a little light at low speeds and overall not very communicative.

Available Models

The ML550 comes with a 4.6 liter twin turbocharged V8 with 402 hp with a fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The ML63 is a little bigger with a 5.5 liter V8 with 518 hp at 5,250 rpm. It offers a fuel economy of 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class was recalled due to the accessory floor mats may get stuck to the gas pedal due to the fact that they do not conform to the contour of the vehicle.

Common Issues

Consumer complaints include the service is expensive, problems with driver’s seat, bad gas mileage, malfunctioning command system, stalls, Bluetooth malfunction, no front windshield heater, lack of legroom in the back, electronic defects, voice navigation not working properly, losing power, and the backup camera is hard to see through.

Mercedes M-Class 2012 Interior


Next Step

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Pre-purchase Car Inspection. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Pre-purchase Car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(4,969)

Rating Summary
4,638
179
36
38
78
4,638
179
36
38
78

Chris

22 years of experience
2086 reviews
Chris
22 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 L4-2.4L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Irvine, California
Very pleased with the communication. Had a late appt book but Chris called and was able to come much earlier to do a Pre Purchase inspection. He called right after to verbally share the inspection report and it was consistent to what he stated on the online report. Overall great experience. Very professional and satisfied with the service we asked for. Thank you!
Audi RS5 Sportback - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Menifee, California
Good communication before and after appointment. Called shortly after the appt and talked through his review. Much appreciated.

Miguel

21 years of experience
203 reviews
Miguel
21 years of experience
Mini Cooper L4-2.0L Turbo - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Teterboro, New Jersey
I booked a pre-purchase inspection through YourMechanic.com and Miguel Medina did the inspection. Miguel was very thorough and professional and answered all of my specific questions promptly and completely. I am completely satisfied with Miguel's service and advice and with the YourMechanic.com service.
Infiniti G35 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Totowa, New Jersey
Miguel is professional he arrived to the appointment early and did a through inspection of the vehicle we are interested in purchasing.

Victor

35 years of experience
192 reviews
Victor
35 years of experience
Ford Fiesta L4-1.6L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Victor showed up right on time. He was very polite and very knowledgeable. Excellent first time experience using yourmechanic.com.

Chris

18 years of experience
447 reviews
Chris
18 years of experience
Toyota Camry L4-2.4L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Richardson, Texas
Very, very thorough and reliable! I feel much safer knowing that a true professional with tremendous attention to detail gave my car a pre-purchase inspection that brought to my awareness all sorts of issues I would never have otherwise addressed. You won't believe how many things you'll realize you need to fix! I'll most definitely have Chris have my other cars looked at as well.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

How to Purchase an Austin Healey
The Austin Healey is a small British roadster that has a very large following among collectors. The cars are made up of just a handful of parts, and are a great choice for those just venturing into the world of...
A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Scion xB
If If you want an SUV because of the spacious interior, the 2012 Scion xB is a great choice. It’s easily one of the most affordable on the market. Key Features The four-cylinder power on the 2012 Scion xB may...
When is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Vehicle?
Timing your purchase can help you save money when buying a new car. The best time of year to buy a car is usually towards the end of the year.

Related questions

My EPS light came on and then the indicator that my hybrid battery is low came on. Car lost power and won't start. Prius v

Hello, thank you for writing in. The main problem which needs your focus is the charging issue. The EPS light for your electronic power steering is being caused due to the lack of power available. This is also why it...

What does the Antilock Brake (ABS) indicator mean on the dash?

Your car is equipped with an antilock brake system (ABS) that works with your regular brakes to provide better control in certain driving situations. You’ll notice that the ABS light on the dash of your car comes on from time...

How do I use the automatic climate control defroster?

The defroster helps increase your visibility when the windshield has become foggy or frosty. To turn on the defroster, press the Defrost Level button.

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com