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2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2009 Lexus RX 350 2009 BMW X5
     
ML350 SUV
  • ML350 SUV
  • ML320 BlueTEC SUV
  • ML550 SUV
FWD 4dr
  • FWD 4dr
  • AWD 4dr
AWD 4dr SUV
  • AWD 4dr SUV
  • AWD 4dr SUV

Prices

MSRP $47,100 $37,700 $47,500
Invoice $43,803 $33,742 $43,700
Avg. Paid $19,771 $20,788 $22,246

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 9.0 7.1
Critics' Rating 8.7 9.3 7.3
Performance 7.8 8.5 8.2
Interior 8.0 8.6 8.1
Operating Cost 6.7 7.4 6.8
Safety 9.4 9.4 9.2
Reliability 3.0 5.0 2.0

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
  • Great performance
  • Well-made interior
  • Fuel-efficient available diesel engine
Cons
  • No third row
  • Tech features can be confusing
  • Not as fun to drive as others
  • Few standard features
  • Nearly-unusable third row of seats
  • Confusing iDrive interface
  • Poor reliability rating

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain 4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.5L/211 Gas I6 3.0L/183
MPG 15 City / 20 Hwy 18 City / 23 Hwy 15 City / 21 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 4-Door SUV 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 114.7 106.9 115.5
Length, Overall (in) 188.2 186.2 191.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 72.6 76.1
Height, Overall (in) 71.5 66.1 69.9

Doors & Windows

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

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4705 3870 4916

Tires & Wheels

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

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional Optional
Power Liftgate Optional Standard Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional Standard Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard Optional
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 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 39.3 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.5 40.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.9 57.9 60.0
Front Hip Room (in) 58.3 55.6 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 39.8 38.6 39.0
Second Leg Room (in) 40.0 36.4 36.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 59.8 57.1 58.0
Second Hip Room (in) 58.3 55.1 - TBD -
Third Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 72.4 84.7 61.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 29.4 38.3 21.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Additional Rear Seat Optional
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Cooled Passenger Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Optional Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard Optional
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
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Optional

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Four Wheel Drive Standard
All Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas I6
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.5L/211 3.0L/183
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 268 @ 6000 270 @ 6200 260 @ 6600
Torque (Net @ RPM) 258 @ 2400 - 5000 251 @ 4700 225 @ 2750
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 37.9 37.4 42.0

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 18 15
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 23 21
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 25.1 19.2 22.5

Suspension

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

Transmission

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