Which SUV to buy? 2010 Buick Enclave, 2009 Lexus RX 350 or 2008 Mercedes ML 350? Have $40K budget.?


I need help in deciding which SUV to buy. I have been considering three SUVs that fit my budget. 1. 2008 Mercedes ML 350 with leather, Nav and Sunroof. No rear entertainment system. 2. 2010 Buick Enclave CXL. Fully loaded. Leather, Nav, Rear entertaainment, power sunroof, 7 seats, etc. 3. 2009 Lexus RX 350 with Leather, Sunroof.
All of three cars are around $40K. Lexus and Mercedes have 20K miles.
Please help ASAP.

Enclave – 100K powertrain warranty will give you peace of mind, and it was far more room than the other two. Better looking too – IMHO.

Also consider a new Pilot with all the bells and whistles – easily under 40K.

With all the quality issues and recalls Toyota is going through that is the Lexus is the LAST choice. German engineering is almost as good as American so it is safe to get either the Buick or the Mercedes. The Buick and the Lexus are both rated 4 out of 5 stars. But the Buick will be more reliable and have better resale value than the constantly recalled Lexus. To be honest Lexus is a brand that’s kind of lost their way and is trying to make inroads with the younger crowd with limited success. I think in a few years Lexus is going to be going out of business or absorbed by a larger company and rebranded. I would go with the Buick. Because it’s going to be the best value for your money. But if you want Ultra Luxury you can’t beat the Mercedes or Cadillac.

The Enclave will be a great vehicle, but the Lexus would be a close 2nd. I’ve been in both, and the quality of materials in the Lexus is better and the resale will be higher. Still, the Buick will have a great warranty and looks better than either of them. The Buick is also bigger on the inside than either of them–and not just by a small margin.

The Buick may have a 100,000 mile warranty, but what happens after 100,000 miles. You can always trust a Lexus being that it is made by Toyota, and they aren’t in major financial trouble like Chevy. And unless you are talkin diesels germans cannot make a engine to save their life, so you can take Mercedes off the list.

I would go with the Lexus. It sets a standard in quality and will you give you long trouble free service. The MB is nice but the service at a MB dealership is very expensive. As to the GM product, the company did not go bankrupt because they were making great vehicles, they may be doing better now, but it takes more than a huge advertising budget to build quality vehicles.

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