2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. Its Competition

2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class 5.5L

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

The Infiniti FX has aggressive styling and a V-8 option to match.

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

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 it has more sedate styling and lacks the performance character of BMW’s cars.

2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class 5.5L2009 Mercedes-Benz M ClassBrowse Used Listings2009 Infiniti FX2009 INFINITI FXBrowse Used Listings2008 Lexus GX 470 2008 Lexus GX 470Browse Used Listings2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door V6 Angular Front Exterior View2008 Volkswagen TouaregBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.6
It ain’t cheap, but the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class deserves its place atop the luxury SUV echelon.
8.6
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.
7.4
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.
7.6
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   
$44,600N/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   
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
RWD 4-Door 3.5LN/A4WD 4-Door4-Door V6
Drivetrain   
Rear 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
Detailed Spec Comparison
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