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Selected Style 4MATIC 4-Door ML350
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 17 22 $45,561 $48,990
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 BlueTEC 20 27 $46,956 $50,490
4MATIC 4-Door ML550 15 20 $53,559 $57,590
4MATIC 4-Door ML63 AMG 14 18 $88,341 $94,990
FWD 4-Door
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 18 25 $36,537 $39,075
AWD 4-Door 18 24 $37,846 $40,475
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,561
$36,537
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,990
$39,075
Monthly Payment Estimate
$817 / month
$651 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats. A safe luxury-crossover choice for many good reasons, the 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers a serene driving experience and lots of cool tech features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 57.6
Front Leg Room (in) 40.3 43.1
Front Hip Room (in) 58.3 55.6
Second Leg Room (in) 38.4 36.8
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 132.7 100.9
Second Hip Room (in) 58.3 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.5 58.0
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.7
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 71.5 67.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 65.2 63.8
Wheelbase (in) 114.8 107.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 74.2
Track Width, Front (in) 64.7 64.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.2 7.3
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 187.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
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) 36.2 40.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 75.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 71.0 80.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.8 x 0.6 12.2 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 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 27.7 19.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.7 38.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.6 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.6 14.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/50R19 P235/60VR18
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/50R19 P235/60VR18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 7200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1080 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4751 4178
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 273 @ 3500-5250 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 302 @ 6500 270 @ 6200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 18
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 4.40
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 3.30
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.42
Trans Type 7 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD - NA
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz M-Class Lexus RX 350
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.6 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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