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2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 Lexus RX 350 2009 Lincoln MKX
     
ML350 SUV
  • ML350 SUV
  • ML320 BlueTEC SUV
  • ML550 SUV
FWD 4dr
  • FWD 4dr
  • AWD 4dr
FWD 4dr
  • FWD 4dr
  • AWD 4dr

Prices

MSRP $47,100 $37,700 $37,845
Invoice $43,803 $33,742 $34,871
Avg. Paid $19,771 $20,788 $15,543

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 9.0 8.3
Critics' Rating 8.7 9.3 7.8
Performance 7.8 8.5 7.5
Interior 8.0 8.6 8.0
Operating Cost 6.7 7.4 7.6
Safety 9.4 9.4 9.2
Reliability 3.0 5.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Available diesel engine
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Especially nice interior
  • Above-average safety scores
  • Luxurious, comfortable, quiet interior
  • Smooth ride and car-like handling
  • Fantastic reliability rating
  • Great safety score
  • Decent power
  • Attractive looks
  • Great safety and reliability ratings
  • Impressive list of standard features
Cons
  • No third row
  • Tech features can be confusing
  • Not as fun to drive as others
  • Cheap-feeling interior materials
  • Drives like the less expensive Ford Edge

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain 4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.5L/211 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 15 City / 20 Hwy 18 City / 23 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 4-Door SUV 4 Door SUV

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 114.7 106.9 111.2
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 186.2 186.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 72.6 75.8
Height, Overall (in) 71.5 66.1 67.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Dual Moonroof Optional
Sun/Moon Roof Standard Optional Optional
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Optional Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Standard Optional
Running Boards Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4705 3870 4210

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Optional Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional Standard
Power Liftgate Optional Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 132.7 102.5 108.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 39.3 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.5 40.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.9 57.9 58.9
Front Hip Room (in) 58.3 55.6 54.8
Second Head Room (in) 39.8 38.6 39.3
Second Leg Room (in) 40.0 36.4 39.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 59.8 57.1 58.8
Second Hip Room (in) 58.3 55.1 56.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 72.4 84.7 68.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 29.4 38.3 32.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Optional Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Optional Optional
Entertainment System Optional Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Standard
Cooled Passenger Seat Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Optional Standard
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard Standard
Seat Memory Optional Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Four Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.5L/211 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 268 @ 6000 270 @ 6200 265 @ 6250
Torque (Net @ RPM) 258 @ 2400 - 5000 251 @ 4700 250 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 37.9 37.4 38.6

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 18 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 23 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 25.1 19.2 19.0

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional
Air Suspension Optional Optional
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Arm Multilink MacPherson Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) SLA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
5-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard