By having unibody construction instead of the ladder-frame platform of the previous M-Class, the second-generation M-Class transcends any comparison with its predecessor. Highway ride is as smooth as you'd expect...
from any of the automaker's stately sedans
, with the added benefit of being able to negotiate large rocks (or parking blocks) with exceptional composure. It's this silkiness that makes the SUV's confidence-inspiring cornering ability just that much more impressive. While in a price-is-no-object world we would prefer the V8-powered ML500, the six-cylinder ML350 is also satisfying.