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2011 Audi Q7 2011 Lexus GX 2011 Mercedes Benz M-Class
     
quattro 4dr 3.0T Premium
  • quattro 4dr 3.0T Premium
  • quattro 4dr 3.0T Premium Plus
  • quattro 4dr 3.0L TDI Premium
  • quattro 4dr 3.0L TDI Premium Plus
  • quattro 4dr 3.0L TDI Prestige
  • quattro 4dr 3.0T S line
4WD 4dr
  • 4WD 4dr
  • 4WD 4dr Premium
ML350 RWD SUV
  • ML350 RWD SUV
  • ML350 SUV
  • ML350 BlueTEC SUV
  • ML450 Hybrid SUV
  • ML550 SUV
  • ML63 AMG

Prices

MSRP $46,250 $53,045 $46,490
Invoice $43,013 $47,209 $43,236
Avg. Paid $33,082 $36,773 $27,229

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.4 8.3 8.1
Critics' Rating 8.4 7.8 8.7
Performance 7.6 7.4 7.9
Interior 7.2 8.2 8.0
Operating Cost 7.1 7.3 6.9
Safety 9.4 N/A 9.4
Reliability 2.0 5.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Great safety scores
  • Sleek looks
  • Fantastic for off-roading
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • Attractive, high-quality interior
  • Mercedes-Benz brand prestige
  • Upscale interior
Cons
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Cramped third row
  • Mediocre fuel economy
  • Rivals offer better reliability ratings
  • Poor on-road handling
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cramped third row
  • Powerful engines are gas-guzzlers
  • Not many standard features

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.0L/183 Gas V8 4.6L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 15 City / 20 Hwy 16 City / 20 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door SUV 4-Door SUV 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 118.2 109.8 114.7
Length, Overall (in) 200.3 189.2 188.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.1 74.2 76.3
Height, Overall (in) 68.4 72.6 71.5

Doors & Windows

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

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5192 5305 4632

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 Standard Standard
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 Standard Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard 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 Optional Standard
Keyless Start Standard Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Standard Optional Optional
Power Liftgate Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard 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 Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Optional
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 7 7 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 133.2 141.4 132.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.0 39.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.7 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 55.4 59.8
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 56.5 58.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 40.2 39.8
Second Leg Room (in) 37.1 34.1 40.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.1 57.3 59.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.2 58.3
Third Leg Room (in) 29.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 72.5 91.9 72.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 42.0 46.7 29.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 10.9 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 Optional Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Optional
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Standard Optional
Entertainment System 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 Standard Optional

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Leather Seats Standard Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Additional Rear Seat Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard Standard Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Optional
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 Optional 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 Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard
All Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V8 Gas V6
Displacement 3.0L/183 4.6L/- TBD - 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 272 @ 4750 301 @ 5500 268 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 295 @ 2250 329 @ 3500 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Transmission Automatic w/manual shift Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 39.4 38.0 37.9

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 15 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 20 20
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.4 23.0 25.1

Suspension

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