2010 Mercedes-Benz R Class vs. Its Competition

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

With the arrival of the Lincoln MKT, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class finally has some direct competition.

We prefer the MKT's looks, though the huge grille is divisive and its handling isn't as settled.

The MKT's turbocharged V-6 option gives it a rush of power the R-Class can't quite match, and its dashing interior exudes Sinatra-era style.

If you're shopping utility at this price point, it wouldn't hurt to look at the less roomy, but much sexier Audi Q7.

It too can be had with a diesel engine and all-wheel drive, and it's a lot easier on the eyes, if not the wallet.

Still not enough flash for your dollar? We suggest the Cadillac Escalade, either the short-body version or the mammoth ESV edition.

It's trucky and handles even less happily than the R-Class, and it's not as easy to get to the third-row seats, but it steers better and its throbbing, thirsty V-8 strikes some hot-sounding muscle car notes.

2010 Mercedes-Benz R Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Angular Front Exterior View2010 Mercedes-Benz R Class
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2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid 2WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2010 Cadillac Escalade
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Quick Specs
You wanted a Mercedes minivan? The 2010 R-Class crossover is as close as you'll get, down to the driving feel.
The 2010 Audi Q7 tames the SUV bad-boy image with subtler looks, diesel fuel economy, and good on-road performance.
The 2010 Escalade Hybrid provides performance, functionality, and luxury, but uses far less fuel.
Supremely spacious and stunning from some angles, the 2010 Lincoln MKT gets truly arresting with its EcoBoost turbo V-6.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door R 350quattro 4-Door 3.6L Premium2WD 4-Door Base4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD
All-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door SUV4 DoorStation Wagon
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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