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2009 Mercedes-Benz R Class vs. Its Competition

2009 Mercedes-Benz R Class 3.5L

There are no direct comparisons to the 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class.

The Cadillac Escalade, while flashier than the 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class, runs close to parallel in terms of luxury.

The Escalade's passenger accommodations are also top-flight, but now that all R-Class models are V-6 powered, the Escalade easily outmuscles the Benz.

Another alternative is the Audi Q7, which delivers on the luxury end of the R-Class experience, but its rear seats are not as comfortable as the Mercedes-Benz's.

Plus, the Q7 looks like a traditional SUV and has a taller step-in height, a potential issue for older passengers.

The Q7 will soon add a diesel engine to the V-6 and V-8 engines already offered, and Cadillac produces a hybrid version of the Escalade.

The new Lincoln MKT—closely related to the Ford Flex—is perhaps the closest match yet to the R-Class for seating comfort in the second and third rows.

It’s also tremendously well equipped, though the Lincoln doesn’t offer a more fuel-efficient alternative as the others do.

2009 Mercedes-Benz R Class 3.5L2009 Mercedes-Benz R Class
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2008 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.6L Premium Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi Q7
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is unlike any station wagon, minivan, or SUV currently on the market, and with the new BlueTEC model, it can haul six in supreme comfort at 24 mpg.
Supremely spacious and stunning from some angles, the 2010 Lincoln MKT gets truly arresting with its EcoBoost turbo V-6.
The 2009 Escalade Hybrid sacrifices no performance, capability, or luxury, yet it uses a fraction of the fuel.
The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door 3.5L4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD2WD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6L
All-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive2WDAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 DoorStation Wagon4 Door4 Door SUV
AutomaticAutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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