Compare 2008 Ford Expedition EL vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz R Class

2008 Ford Expedition EL
2008 Mercedes-Benz R Class
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2WD 4-Door XLT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door XLT 12 18 $32,203 $34,870
4WD 4-Door XLT 12 16 $34,813 $37,770
2WD 4-Door Eddie Bauer 12 18 $35,940 $39,240
2WD 4-Door Limited 12 18 $37,666 $41,400
4WD 4-Door Eddie Bauer 12 16 $38,535 $42,140
2WD 4-Door King Ranch 12 18 $39,392 $43,340
4WD 4-Door Limited 12 16 $40,247 $44,300
4WD 4-Door King Ranch 12 16 $41,973 $46,240
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4-Door RWD 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door RWD 3.5L 15 20 $39,153 $42,100
4-Door 4MATIC 3.5L 15 19 $41,478 $44,600
4-Door 4MATIC 3.0L CDI 18 24 $42,408 $45,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,203
$39,153
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,870
$42,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$581 / month
$702 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you seek a supremely comfortable people hauler but eschew traditional station wagons, minivans, and SUVs, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class may be for you.
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Fuel Economy
City
12 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
18 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
63.2 - TBD -
Third Leg Room (in)
37.7 32.4
Second Head Room (in)
39.7 40.4
Third Hip Room (in)
51.8 - TBD -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
63.7 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 39.8
Third Head Room (in)
38.0 37.2
Front Hip Room (in)
60.2 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
67.1 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 36.2
Passenger Capacity
8 6
Front Head Room (in)
39.5 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
59.9 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 148
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.7 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.8 75.7
Side Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - -
Overhang, Front (in)
39.2 -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
56.7 - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
35.3 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
221.3 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.7 -
Height, Overall (in)
77.7 65.2
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
34.1 - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
51.1 -
Wheelbase (in)
131 126.6
Track Width, Front (in)
- - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
- 203.0
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
60.2 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
85.5 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
51.4 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
98.3 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
130.8 85.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
28.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
42.6 15.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.5 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
33.5 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Steering
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable ratio pwr rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
NA -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
45.26 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
20 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
43.93 - TBD -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
2305 -
Rear Tire Order Code
T5G NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
2305 -
Front Tire Size
P265/70R17 P255/55R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
654 -
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
T5G NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
2305 -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
654 -
Rear Tire Size
P265/70R17 P255/55R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
654 -
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
600 NA
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
4250 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2948 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3500 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
12200 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2885 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
7625 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4938
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Maximum Alternator Watts
2250 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5000 268 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System
SEFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
365 @ 3750 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
995 NA
Displacement
5.4L/330 3.5L/213
Engine Oil Cooler
NA -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
12 15
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
18 20
Transmission
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - TBD -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive 2-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 - TBD -
Trans Type
6 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Ford Expedition EL Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Body Code
131" WB -
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
34.9 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Independent -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.4 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4250 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3500 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.73 -
Axle Type - Front
Independent -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
34.9 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3500 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4250 -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- 4-Arm Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- Double Wishbone
Frame
Frame Type
Fully Boxed -
Doors
Side Door Type
- TBD - -

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