While Mercedes-Benz will always be a quintessentially German automaker, its M-Class SUV has always been an American at heart. To begin with, it’s built in Alabama and has been since it first burst onto the scene as one of the first luxury SUVs. The U.S. of A is also the M’s primary market, as its sizable dimensions and traditionally thirsty engines play much better in Frankfort, Kentucky, than they do back in Frankfurt, Germany.
Regardless of its origins, however, each generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been better than the last. This is especially true of the second generation, which replaced the original model that soldiered on through eight years of subpar reliability and build quality. As such, used shoppers are urged to consider the M-Class from 2006 and later. If you’re interested in a new model, however, the latest, third-generation M-Class is a subtle evolution of the previous one, upping the ante with even more power and features. It’s a solid choice for a midsize luxury SUV, but there are many worthwhile and cheaper competitors in the premium SUV segment. As such, it’s certainly worth a look around before you settle on this Germanic American.