The Mercedes-Benz R-Class isn't an easy vehicle to compare, since it's essentially marketed as a luxury limousine.
In that niche, you might also look at the Lincoln MKT, the brashly styled cousin of the also brash Ford Flex.
Its seven-passenger interior is handsome and commodious, and its seats are easy to fold and configure for people and cargo--plus there's a turbo version available.
The Buick Enclave is another seven-seat alternative, but its engine feels a little short of breath compared to its rivals, and its third-row seat is a little more difficult for adults to clamber into.
A German alternative is the Audi Q7; it's styled sleekly, and offers a diesel version, but its third-row seat is less spacious than the R-Class or the Lincoln.
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|2012 Mercedes-Benz R ClassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2012 Buick EnclaveBrowse Used Listings||2012 Lincoln MKTBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Supercharged Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD|
|4MATIC 4-Door R 350||quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus||FWD 4-Door Base||4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD|
|All-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Wagon||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift|