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2008 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. Its Competition

 
2008 Mercedes-Benz ML550
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The BMW X5 is the Mercedes-Benz M-Class's closest competitor--in fact, just the state of Georgia separates the Mercedes factory in Alabama from the BMW factory in South Carolina.

The X5 offers a third-row seat, but more sedate styling.

The Lexus GX 470 has good off-road capability but a dowdy exterior shape.

The Infiniti FX is brand-new, and its aggressive styling gets a V-8 option to match.

The Volkswagen Touareg sits high, feels thick and sturdy, and has seats for five adults.

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The 2008 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an appealing SUV with good road manners and a lofty price tag.
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The 2009 Infiniti FX offers a truly distinctive shape and sportscarlike acceleration. If you need to haul plywood or lots of kids, though, look elsewhere.
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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 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
MSRP From   
$44,000N/A$47,315$39,300
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6N/AGas V8Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5LN/A4WD 4-Door4-Door V6
Drivetrain   
4-Wheel DriveN/A4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5N/A55
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 DoorN/A4-Door SUV4 Door
Transmission   
AutomaticN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
 
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