The 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
is referred to as a six- to seven-passenger luxury wagon, minivan, or crossover. It lacks a two-slider/two-door design, and instead has a four-door configuration and three rows of seats. Equipped with either the 3.0-liter V-6 diesel churning out 210 horsepower/400 pound-feet of torque or the 3.5-liter V-6 delivering 268 horsepower, the Mercedes R-Class comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The Mercedes R-Class has the handling of a car but the utility of an SUV, with 5200 pounds of towing capability. The 85.0 cubic-feet cargo space is behind the first row of seats. The R-Class is equipped with probably the best safety equipment available, and its ratings show it. EPA- rated fuel economy is in the 15 mpg city / 19 mpg highway range, but improves with the diesel.
New for 2011
For 2011, the Mercedes R-Class received a makeover, giving it more of a crossover look with a rugged-looking grille; a restyled hood, fenders, and side mirrors; new headlights; and LED taillights. The interior now has new wood trim, new seat stitching, a 3-D instrument cluster, and "saddle" head restraints, while daytime running lights and blind spot assist are now options. The five-spoke 19-inch wheels are a brand-new design.
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 3.5L V-6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Body Style: Minivan
Trims: R350 Wagon, R350 BlueTEC Wagon
On the Outside
While the R-Class is often called a crossover or a wagon, it looks like a minivan and is probably the coolest-looking minivan on the market, with sleek lines and modern Mercedes styling.
From the Inside
The Mercedes R-Class is blessed with the most attractive, luxurious minivan cabin in the class, with bird's eye maple and leather. Heated seats and steering wheel, rear-seat entertainment, and a panorama sunroof are options.
With the 3.5-liter equipped trim level, the Mercedes R-Class will move from zero to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds. The diesel is a bit slower, getting to 60 mph about a half second later. However, the diesel's torque makes it feel quicker than it is, and fuel efficiency is greater than the base trim. On the down side, it doesn't have the driving dynamics of a Mercedes sedan, the suspension is soft, and the steering is a bit numb.
Standard safety equipment on the Mercedes R-Class includes driver and front passenger front airbags, second- and third-row side impact airbags, and three-row window curtain bags. Also standard are traction control, stability control, rollover sensor, and ABS with brake assist.
R350 4Matic: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway
R350 BlueTEC 4Matic: 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway
- Stylish design
- Luxurious cabin
- Quiet diesel with good fuel economy
- 85 cubic feet of gear space
- High price tag
- Lack of optional V-8 engine
One of the classiest and most expensive minivans ever
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