With the arrival of the Lincoln MKT, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class finally has some direct competition.
We prefer the MKT's looks, though the huge grille is divisive and its handling isn't as settled.
The MKT's turbocharged V-6 option gives it a rush of power the R-Class can't quite match, and its dashing interior exudes Sinatra-era style.
If you're shopping utility at this price point, it wouldn't hurt to look at the less roomy, but much sexier Audi Q7.
It too can be had with a diesel engine and all-wheel drive, and it's a lot easier on the eyes, if not the wallet.
Still not enough flash for your dollar? We suggest the Cadillac Escalade, either the short-body version or the mammoth ESV edition.
It's trucky and handles even less happily than the R-Class, and it's not as easy to get to the third-row seats, but it steers better and its throbbing, thirsty V-8 strikes some hot-sounding muscle car notes.
|2010 Mercedes-Benz R Class||2010 Audi Q7||2010 Cadillac Escalade||2010 Lincoln MKT|
|$49,300Browse Used Listings||$46,900Browse Used Listings||$62,495Browse Used Listings||$44,200Browse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V8||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4MATIC 4-Door R350||quattro 4-Door 3.6L Prestige||2WD 4-Door Base||4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD|
|All-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door||Station Wagon|