2010 Mercedes-Benz R Class vs. Its Competition

2010 Mercedes-Benz R Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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Quick Specs
8.2
You wanted a Mercedes minivan? The 2010 R-Class crossover is as close as you'll get, down to the driving feel.
8.8
The 2010 Audi Q7 tames the SUV bad-boy image with subtler looks, diesel fuel economy, and good on-road performance.
8.6
The 2010 Cadillac Escalade is big, brawny, and very thirsty; yet with segment-leading performance and unrivaled style, the Escalade is hard to beat.
9.0
Supremely spacious and stunning from some angles, the 2010 Lincoln MKT gets truly arresting with its EcoBoost turbo V-6.
MSRP From   
$49,300$46,900$62,495$44,200
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door R 350quattro 4-Door 3.6L Prestige2WD 4-Door Base4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD
Drivetrain   
All-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
6777
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door SUV4 DoorStation Wagon
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic