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Selected Style RWD 4-Door ML350
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML350 16 20 $43,236 $46,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 15 20 $45,561 $48,990
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 BlueTEC 18 25 $46,956 $50,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML450 Hybrid 20 24 $51,885 $55,790
4MATIC 4-Door ML550 13 18 $53,559 $57,590
4MATIC 4-Door ML63 AMG 11 15 $86,109 $92,590
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $42,273 $44,450
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $45,933 $48,300
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,354 $54,000
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $45,601 $47,950
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,261 $51,800
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,683 $57,500
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $57,598 $60,565
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,236
$42,273
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,490
$44,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$775 / month
$741 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns respect with neat styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains. The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 58.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.8 59.8
Second Head Room (in) 39.8 38.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 59.8 56.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 41.4
Front Hip Room (in) 58.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 40.0 34.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 132.7 101.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 64.0 64.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.3 7.9
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 188.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 71.5 68.2
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.1 65.7
Wheelbase (in) 114.7 113.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 76.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 72.4 70.9
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) 41.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 29.4 32.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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 0.5 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.3 13.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 25.1 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.6 12.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.9 39.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.6 2.63
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/50R19 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size Compact 195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/50R19 255/55R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 1155
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 7700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4632 4711
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 220
Engine
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.6L/195
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 268 @ 6000 280 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System - TBD - EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 258 @ 2400 - 5000 265 @ 3000-4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.86
Trans Type 7 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 2.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.44
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.85
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.82
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz M-Class Volkswagen Touareg
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Arm multilink w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 2 3
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.0 9.8
 
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