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2009 Mercedes-Benz R Class vs. Its Competition

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2009 Mercedes-Benz R Class 3.5L
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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.

2009 Mercedes-Benz R Class 3.5L2009 Mercedes-Benz R Class2010 Lincoln MKT2010 Lincoln MKT2009 Cadillac Escalade 2009 Cadillac Escalade2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q7
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The 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is unlike any station wagon, minivan, or SUV currently on the market, and with the new BlueTEC model, it can haul six in supreme comfort at 24 mpg.
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Supremely spacious and stunning from some angles, the 2010 Lincoln MKT gets truly arresting with its EcoBoost turbo V-6.
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Considering the weight of the Escalade’s image and its segment-leading performance, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade is hard to beat.
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The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
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Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD2WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L
All-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive2WDAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 DoorStation Wagon4 Door4 Door SUV
AutomaticAutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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