Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2008 Lexus GX 470

2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2008 Lexus GX 470
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4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L 15 20 $40,920 $44,000
4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI 18 24 $41,850 $45,000
4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 18 $49,058 $52,750
4MATIC 4-Door 6.3L AMG 11 14 $80,910 $87,000
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 14 18 $41,164 $47,315
Pricing
Invoice Price
$40,920
$41,164
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,000
$47,315
Monthly Payment Estimate
$733 / month
$789 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag. The 2008 Lexus GX 470 brings off-road credentials to the Lexus brand, but its skimpy rear-seat room and sluggish performance tarnish the image.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 18 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107 103.9
Second Leg Room (in)
40.0 36.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 57.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 40.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.8
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.1 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
114.7 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 74.0
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.3
Length, Overall (in)
188.5 188.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.5 74.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.4 49.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
72.4 77.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 13.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
25.1 23.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 37.4
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 265/65HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 265/65HR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - 265/65HR17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7200 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4705 4871
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/213 4.7L/285
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6000 263 @ 5400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V8
Fuel System
SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2400 - 5000 323 @ 3400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 14
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 18
Transmission
Trans Type
7 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.04
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - 2.57
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.52
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.40
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Lexus GX 470
Body Style
4 Door 4-Door SUV
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone,
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Adaptive Variable
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Arm Multi-link 4-Link Rigid Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Adaptive Variable

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