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.
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|2010 Mercedes-Benz M ClassBrowse Used Listings||2011 BMW X5Browse Used Listings||2010 Jeep Grand CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2010 Porsche CayenneBrowse Used Listings|
|11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Diesel I6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|RWD 4-Door ML 350||AWD 4-Door 35d||RWD 4-Door Laredo||AWD 4-Door Manual|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door SUV|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. 2011 BMW X5||2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee||2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. 2010 Porsche Cayenne|