The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was ahead of its time when it launched back in 1998, but the market has caught up since then.
While the competition continues to focus on interior appointments, technology and comfort, most of these vehicles still maintain some level of off-road ability.
The Lexus RX stands alone as a purely on-road competitor, with excellent comfort in a tall wagon form.
The BMW X5 drives and handles well, but ride quality doesn't always feel quite up to snuff.
The Audi Q7 is handsome, large and offers a third row of seats.
The Acura MDX has been redesigned for 2014, and continues to offer excellent driving dynamics and a versatile and spacious interior.
Finally, there's the Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs less than the M-Class, but makes very few sacrifices behind the wheel.
The M-Class keeps the edge on active safety features against most of the competition, though.
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