2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. Its Competition

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

The 2010 M-Class has our favorite blend of dynamic style and performance, but it's tough to overlook the Infiniti FX50 for drama at first sight and behind the wheel.

It's quick and sexy in a way the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne simply aren'tl those kissing cousins appear dowdy, but their five-seat cabins feel sturdy and they're great off-roaders-plus, the Cayenne Turbo comes with scalding amounts of thrust.

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.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee won't satisfy anyone seeking status or richly rendered build quality, but its throbbing HEMI-powered SRT8 edition will lay a scorching stripe down any street-or trail.

2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Angular Front Exterior View2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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Though it's far from cheap, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns our kudos with hip styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains.
The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
Unless your routine involves off-roading or extremely difficult conditions, the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee only serves to show that modern crossover vehicles are better choices for most families.
Despite some issues with practicality, the 2010 Porsche Cayenne is a luxurious and supremely capable performer.
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Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Diesel I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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RWD 4-Door ML 350AWD 4-Door 35dRWD 4-Door LaredoAWD 4-Door Manual
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door SUV
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
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