2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class  RealSafeCars91Safety Rating

#2 of 2013 SUVs

#2 of all 2013 vehicles

The M-Class, part of Mercedes-Benz's lineup since 1998, is a large SUV with seating up to 5. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class packs some potency, exceeding the average horsepower for its class. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a score of 91, implying a 0.028% chance of driver death (2.5% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.025%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.3%.

We estimate that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0275% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.1445%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0275% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.1445% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is 42% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is 33% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 8%.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

10056Cadillac CTSINFINITI JXLincoln MKXAcura ZDXBMW X3Acura MDXVolkswagen TouaregM.-B. M-ClassAudi Q7BMW X5Volvo XC90Lexus RXComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 56 to 100. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is safer than the 2013 Cadillac CTS, the 2013 INFINITI JX, the 2013 Lincoln MKX, the 2013 Acura ZDX, the 2013 BMW X3, the 2013 Acura MDX, the 2013 Lexus RX, and the 2013 Volvo XC90. It is about as safe as the 2013 Audi Q7 and the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg.

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