The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was ahead of its time, the first SUV from a full-on luxury brand.
Since then, the competition has caught up, and there are now a lot of models that follow in that pioneering path.
The Lexus RX stands alone as a purely on-road competitor, with excellent comfort in a tall wagon form.
The BMW X5 drives and handles well, but ride quality doesn't always feel quite up to snuff.
The Audi Q7 is handsome, large and offers a third row of seats.
The Acura MDX was redesigned for 2014, and continues to offer excellent driving dynamics and a versatile and spacious interior.
Finally, there's the Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs less than the M-Class, but makes very few sacrifices behind the wheel.
The M-Class keeps the edge on active safety features against most of the competition, though.
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|2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE ClassBrowse Used Listings||2016 Acura MDXBrowse Used Listings||2016 BMW X5Browse Used Listings||2016 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Regular Unleaded V-6|
|Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD|
|RWD 4-Door GLE 350||FWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door sDrive35i||RWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. 2016 Acura MDX||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. 2016 BMW X5||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class vs. 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee|