Car of the Week - August 13, 2001

2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430

Mercedes

Popular since birth, this mid-member of the Mercedes M Class offers an authoritative and advanced 4.3-liter V8 that makes 268 horsepower mated to a driver-adaptive five-speed automatic with TouchShift control for manual shifting. New of 2001 is an enhanced full-time four-wheel-drive system with 50/50 torque distribution through the M-Class' front and rear fully independent suspensions. Need to crawl? How about a new downhill traction control system for those step downhill pitches, as well as a new "two-foot" crawling mode that has the same effect as applying the brake while climbing a steep hill, and an active brake booster for quicker response to spinning wheels.

Mercedes

Enhanced safety features abound as well: TeleAid, traction control, stability control, ABS, dual-stage "smart" airbags and 24-hour roadside assistance. When you factor in as well its elegant interior and a terrific 80.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, you know you're driving one of the leaders of the pack in the luxery sports utility field, even without listening to the solid sound of its door closing.

- Editor

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