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The luxury SUV market has become one of the most competitive in the U.S. While you have the traditional American powerhouses, like Jeep and Ford, building more utilitarian SUVs, you also have the automotive industry’s top luxury brands, like Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Porshe squaring off for a whole different piece of the pie.

The 2012 Mercedes Benz M-Class goes head to head with rivals like the BMW X6, Lincoln MKT, and Audi Q7. The M-Class stands out and “impresses reviewers with its attractive exterior, powerful, yet fuel-efficient V6 engines and more standard features,” according to U.S. News.

Exterior & Interior Upgrades

The updated 2012 Mercedes Benz M-Class is not a complete overhaul on the 2011 model, according to U.S. News. It does, however, feature some new visual elements, including integrated LED daytime running lights, new chrome treatment trims, and a front bumper skid plate, according to Auto Blog. The M-Class blows away the BMW X6 with what it offers standard: comfortable soft full-grain leather seats, a high resolution color screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, a navigation system, and USB and Aux jacks.

Performance & Efficiency

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class surpasses luxury SUV competitors like 2012’s Lincoln MKT BMW X6 in terms of fuel efficiency, according to U.S. News.

Notably, the M-Class is not the top ranked car in its class according to U.S. News’ compilation of critics’ reviews. It actually falls all the way to ninth. Japanese luxury manufacturers Acura, Lexus, and Infinity still see their 2011 models sit top of the list, so it’s unsure whether their 2012 iterations will be as dominant. But what is certain is that reviewers seem to believe there is better value in cars like the Acura MDX or more power in the Land Rover LR4.

If you’re a true Mercedes buff, these rivals may not even be up for consideration. But if you’re shopping for a new luxury SUV, rather than a new Mercedes, it may be worth having a look around.

Before you make up your mind about a new M-Class, a new SUV, or any new vehicle, make sure to see how much it will cost to insure. Get multiple auto insurance quotes before you buy auto insurance online to make sure you’re getting the best deal on both your car and insurance.
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