2015 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class (ML63 AMG)
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class (ML63 AMG)2015 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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Quick Specs
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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class doesn't crow about off-roading: it's more concerned with things like fuel economy and in the AMG, superhero acceleration.
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The 2015 Acura MDX continues to offer an attractive blend of content, comfort, and entertainment for the entire family–including the driver.
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Though the 2015 Audi Q7 might show a little of its age, there are so few faults here that it's hard not to love this big SUV.
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The 2015 BMW X5 is a handsome, capable, tech-filled vehicle for the shopper who wants a luxury SUV.
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The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an engine for everyone, and a feature list as extensive as those found in luxury sedans.
MSRP From    
$48,300$42,765$48,300$53,900$29,995
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door ML 350FWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door sDrive35iRWD 4-Door Altitude
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57755
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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