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2009 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

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The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class matches the X5 in seating and off-road capacity, and to our eyes, it's more handsome than the BMW.

The Cadillac Escalade out-blings all these vehicles and has a smooth powertrain to go with its high price tag and low fuel economy, though a Hybrid edition is coming.

Porsche's Cayenne seats only five and has drab styling, though it handles well.

The Lexus GX 470 is a slightly smaller choice in this group.

The Brit-cool Land Rover Range Rover is another stylish option, though it's also considerably more expensive than the BMW X5.

2009 BMW X52009 BMW X52009 Cadillac Escalade 2009 Cadillac Escalade2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS2009 Porsche Cayenne2008 Land Rover Range Rover HSE2008 Land Rover Range Rover2008 Lexus GX 470 2008 Lexus GX 4702008 Mercedes Benz GL Class 4.6L2008 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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The 2009 BMW X5 is one of the better-handling utility vehicles of any shape, and a newly available diesel makes it even more appealing, but its styling and interior fail to wow.
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Considering the weight of the Escalade’s image and its segment-leading performance, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade is hard to beat.
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The 2009 Porsche Cayenne isn’t as practical as other SUVs its size, but it handles like a Porsche.
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The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover remains the ultimate luxury sport-utility vehicle, a well-heeled performer for those well-heeled enough to own one.
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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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The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
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Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V8Gas V8Diesel V6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
AWD 4-Door 30i2WD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door Manual4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
All-Wheel Drive2WDAll Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door4-Door SUV4 Door
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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