There are no direct comparisons to the 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class.
The Cadillac Escalade, while flashier than the 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class, runs close to parallel in terms of luxury.
The Escalade's passenger accommodations are also top-flight, but now that all R-Class models are V-6 powered, the Escalade easily outmuscles the Benz.
Another alternative is the Audi Q7, which delivers on the luxury end of the R-Class experience, but its rear seats are not as comfortable as the Mercedes-Benz's.
Plus, the Q7 looks like a traditional SUV and has a taller step-in height, a potential issue for older passengers.
The Q7 will soon add a diesel engine to the V-6 and V-8 engines already offered, and Cadillac produces a hybrid version of the Escalade.
The new Lincoln MKT—closely related to the Ford Flex—is perhaps the closest match yet to the R-Class for seating comfort in the second and third rows.
It’s also tremendously well equipped, though the Lincoln doesn’t offer a more fuel-efficient alternative as the others do.
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|2009 Mercedes-Benz R ClassBrowse Used Listings||2010 Lincoln MKTBrowse Used Listings||2009 Cadillac EscaladeBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L||4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD||2WD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.6L|
|All-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||2WD||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Station Wagon||4 Door||4 Door SUV|
|Automatic||Automatic||HD Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|