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Selected Style RWD 4-Door 3.5L
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L 15 20 $43,803 $47,100
4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L BlueTEC 18 24 $45,198 $48,600
4MATIC 4-Door 5.5L 13 18 $51,894 $55,800
4MATIC 4-Door 6.3L AMG 11 15 $83,793 $90,100
RWD 4-Door 3.5L 16 21 $41,478 $44,600
4WD 4-Door
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,478
$41,164
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,600
$47,315
Monthly Payment Estimate
$743 / month
$789 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line It ain’t cheap, but the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class deserves its place atop the luxury SUV echelon. 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
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 18 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 40.0 36.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 40.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 58.3 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.9 57.5
Second Head Room (in) 39.8 40.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 59.8 57.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 41.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 132.7 103.9
Front Hip Room (in) 58.3 55.1
Third Leg Room (in) - NA
Third Hip Room (in) - NA
Third Head Room (in) - NA
Third Shoulder Room (in) - NA
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 74.0
Track Width, Front (in) 64.0 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.3 8.3
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 188.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 71.5 74.6
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.1 62.2
Wheelbase (in) 114.7 109.8
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
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.3 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 0.45 12.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 25.1 23.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.62 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.6 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.9 37.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 4600 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 460 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4632 4871
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 268 @ 6000 263 @ 5400
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V8
Fuel System - TBD - SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 258 @ 2400 - 5000 323 @ 3400
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/213 4.7L/285
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 18
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD - 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 2.04
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD - 2.57
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 3.52
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.40
Trans Type 7 5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4-Door SUV
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz M-Class Lexus GX 470
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Adaptive Variable
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Arm Multilink 4-Link Rigid Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Adaptive Variable
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Double Wishbone,
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
 
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