2014 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class (ML350 BlueTEC)
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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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Quick Specs
8.6
For active families who need to tow a boat or occasionally head off-pavement–but don't need a third row–the 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML is an excellence vehicle choice.
8.4
The 2014 Acura MDX is more focused than ever on its mission of keeping the entire family comfortable, content, and entertained—and yes, that still includes the driver.
8.6
There's much to love about the 2014 Audi Q7 and few if any failings; it does everything a three-row crossover vehicle should do, with great elegance and sophistication—and skips the faux-rugged nonsense.
8.4
The 2014 BMW X5 lightens up its look and its act with a warmer cabin, lots of techno handling tricks, and standout safety gear.
8.4
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee adds great turbodiesel fuel economy to a resume already blushing with talent.
7.8
While the 2014 Lexus RX may not be over-the-top luxurious, it's a plush, lavish crossover that delivers the right premium impression.
MSRP From     
$47,790$42,290$47,700$52,800$29,495$39,760
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door ML 350FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusRWD 4-Door sDrive35iRWD 4-Door LaredoFWD 4-Door
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
577555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD