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2011 BMW X5 2011 Mercedes Benz M-Class 2011 Lexus GX
     
AWD 4dr SUV
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  • AWD 4dr SUV
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  • AWD 4dr SUV
ML350 RWD SUV
  • ML350 RWD SUV
  • ML350 SUV
  • ML350 BlueTEC SUV
  • ML450 Hybrid SUV
  • ML550 SUV
  • ML63 AMG
4WD 4dr
  • 4WD 4dr
  • 4WD 4dr Premium

Prices

MSRP $46,300 $46,490 $53,045
Invoice $42,595 $43,236 $47,209
Avg. Paid $31,721 $27,229 $36,773

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.7 8.1 8.3
Critics' Rating 7.8 8.7 7.8
Performance 8.4 7.9 7.4
Interior 7.9 8.0 8.2
Operating Cost 7.0 6.9 7.3
Safety 9.4 9.4 N/A
Reliability 3.0 3.5 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Great handling
  • Good safety scores
  • Above-average fuel economy from diesel model
  • Very quick M model
  • Mercedes-Benz brand prestige
  • Upscale interior
  • Fantastic for off-roading
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • Attractive, high-quality interior
Cons
  • Low reliability rating
  • Poor fuel economy in non-diesel models
  • Tiny third-row seats
  • Powerful engines are gas-guzzlers
  • Not many standard features
  • Poor on-road handling
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cramped third row

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas I6 3.0L/182 Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V8 4.6L/- TBD -
MPG 16 City / 23 Hwy 16 City / 20 Hwy 15 City / 20 Hwy

Exterior

Body

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

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 115.5 114.7 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 191.2 188.2 189.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.1 76.3 74.2
Height, Overall (in) 69.9 71.5 72.6

Doors & Windows

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

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4960 4632 5305

Tires & Wheels

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

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Start Optional Standard
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Power Liftgate Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional Optional
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 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 102.4 132.7 141.4
Front Head Room (in) 36.6 39.9 38.0
Front Leg Room (in) 40.0 42.2 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 60.0 59.8 55.4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.3 56.5
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 39.8 40.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36.6 40.0 34.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.0 59.8 57.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.3 55.2
Third Leg Room (in) 29.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 61.8 72.4 91.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 21.9 29.4 46.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 11.6

Entertainment

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Leather Seats Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Additional Rear Seat Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Standard
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Standard 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
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 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
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard
All Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I6 Gas V6 Gas V8
Displacement 3.0L/182 3.5L/213 4.6L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 300 @ 5800 268 @ 6000 301 @ 5500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 300 @ 1200-5000 258 @ 2400 - 5000 329 @ 3500
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 42.0 37.9 38.0

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 16 15
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 20 20
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 25.1 23.0

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Double Wishbone w/stabilizer bar Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Integral 4-Arm multilink w/stabilizer bar 4-Link Rigid Axle
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard