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2009 BMW 7-Series vs. Its Competition

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The BMW 7-Series has long duked it out with the Mercedes S-Class for Germany's top honors.

The current S-Class is less visually appealing than this new Bimmer, though the S-Class does come in AMG-gone-wild editions.

The Audi A8 is an aluminum-framed car with more conservative looks but a surprisingly nimble feel; it's offered in short- and long-wheelbase versions, as are the Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS.

The Lexus LS 460 also gets a long-wheelbase hybrid companion, the LS 600h.

2009 BMW 7-Series2009 BMW 7-Series2009 Audi A8 2009 Audi A82009 Lexus LS 460 2009 Lexus LS 4602009 Mercedes Benz S Class 5.5L V8 RWD2009 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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A less radical shape does wonders for the 2009 BMW 7-Series' appeal, though the dense layers of electronics require some patience and practice.
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The 2009 Audi A8 and A8 L are nimble, refined luxury sedans that still stand out from the crowd.
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For those who want top technology and comforts without attracting undue attention, the 2009 Lexus 460 is a good choice.
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The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the best vehicles in the world—but you’ll pay for it.
MSRP From   
$80,300Browse Used Listings$74,050Browse Used Listings$63,825Browse Used Listings$89,350Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Twin-Turbocharged Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 750i4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan 5.5L V8 RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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