Pros: Quiet, comfortable, torque rich, upscale.

Cons: Expensive!

Priced at $53,000.00 and some change this Mercedes truck is rated at 255 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque (available from 1400 rpm), the X350d should go from zero to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds, which makes a world of difference compared with the X250d’s estimated 10-second trot. And while the most powerful of the four-bangers tops out at 108 mph, the six-cylinder X-class can reach 127 mph before it hits the speed governor, says Benz. Fuel economy, as measured in the latest, somewhat more realistic European test cycle, is pegged at 25 mpg.

  • permanent all-wheel-drive system
  • an electronically controlled center differential
  • a locking rear differential
  • low-range transfer case