2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. Its Competition

2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class 5.5L

The Volkswagen Touareg sits high, feels thick and sturdy, and seats five adults.

The Infiniti FX has aggressive styling and a V-8 option to match.

The Lexus GX 470 has good off-road capability but a dowdy exterior shape.

The BMW X5 is the Mercedes-Benz M-Class's closest competitor—in fact, just the state of Georgia separates the Mercedes factory in Alabama from the BMW factory in South Carolina.

The X5 offers a third-row seat, but it has more sedate styling and lacks the performance character of BMW’s cars.

2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class 5.5L2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door V6 Angular Front Exterior View2008 Volkswagen Touareg
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Quick Specs
It ain’t cheap, but the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class deserves its place atop the luxury SUV echelon.
The 2009 Infiniti FX offers a truly distinctive shape and sportscarlike acceleration. If you need to haul plywood or lots of kids, though, look elsewhere.
The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
11 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
RWD 4-Door 3.5LRWD 4-Door4-Door V6
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. 2009 INFINITI FX2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. 2008 Volkswagen Touareg