Compare 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 2013 Lexus RX 350

2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class
2013 Lexus RX 350
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RWD 4-Door ML 350
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML 350 18 23 $43,961 $47,270
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 18 23 $46,286 $49,770
4MATIC 4-Door ML 350 BlueTEC 20 28 $47,681 $51,270
4MATIC 4-Door ML 550 14 20 $54,684 $58,800
4MATIC 4-Door ML 63 AMG 13 17 $89,373 $96,100
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FWD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 18 25 $37,083 $39,660
AWD 4-Door 18 24 $38,392 $41,060
AWD 4-Door F Sport 18 26 $44,274 $47,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$43,961
$37,083
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$47,270
$39,660
Monthly Payment Estimate
$788 / month
$661 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks. The 2013 Lexus RX is plush and premium, and it delivers on that luxury impression, but it's not the over-the-top lavish expression some might seek.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
58.3 54.500
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 57.900
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.700
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 57.500
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 43.100
Front Hip Room (in)
58.3 55.500
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 36.800
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.000
Passenger Volume (ft³)
132.7 99.700
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 64.200
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 7.300
Length, Overall (in)
189.1 187.800
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.7 67.700
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.2 63.800
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 107.900
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
84.3 74.200
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.3 80.300
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
41.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.2 40.000
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
75.0 - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 0.6 12.200 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.3 12.900 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
27.7 19.200
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 14.800
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 38.800
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.6 2.790
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A 40.000
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Front Tire Size
P255/50R19 P235/60R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Rear Tire Size
P255/50R19 P235/60R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 525
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4652 4178
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 6500 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
273 @ 3500 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA N/A
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 25
Transmission
Trans Type
7 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.713
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 4.148
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 1.900
Trans Order Code
NA N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.67 4.398
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.000
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.608
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 3.300
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.420
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Lexus RX 350
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 4 (2012)
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.1 8.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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