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2011 Mercedes-Benz R Class - Review

 
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BASE
INVOICE
$46,537
BASE
MSRP
$50,240
Quick Take
If you can look beyond the ambiguous shape of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class, you'll find it a near-perfect vehicle for the family road trip—especially with the strong, economical BlueTEC diesel engine. Read more »
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major portions of the interior, such as the dashboard and consoles, continue unchanged from the 2010 model

AutoWeek »

the designers' goal was to downplay the minivan aspect

Automobile Magazine »

From the side, the new nose does wonders for the overall profile of the vehicle.

Autoblog »

swaps round headlamps for more expressively shaped alternatives

Kelley Blue Book »

Brawnier looking than its predecessor

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$50,240 $51,740
MSRP $50,240
INVOICE $46,537 Browse used listings in your area
4MATIC 4-Door R350
Gas Mileage 15 mpg City/19 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 3.5L
EPA Class 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 6
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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The Basics:

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class is one of the best luxury people-movers on the market, yet its chameleon-like qualities and not-quite-minivan, not-quite-SUV styling haven't made a lot of friends. Despite the road-trip kudos, the R-Class's ambiguity has gotten in the way of success. With a silhouette that lands somewhere between a tall wagon, an SUV, and yes, a minivan, plus a very people-oriented interior with space to sprawl, the R-Class should be a sales success, especially in the suburbs—it isn't.

That's all due to change this year, when the R-Class gets a modest refresh that sharpens up the appearance and takes it slightly more in the direction of a utility vehicle. With interior upgrades and new color combinations, it feels more luxurious yet remains as spacious and versatile.

The R-Class's top rivals are likely the Lincoln MKT and Buick Enclave—vehicles that offer three rows of seating with a good dose of comfort. However, the 2011 R-Class provides something those vehicles don't: In addition to the base 3.5-liter V-6, a 210-hp, 3.2-liter turbo-diesel V-6 is available in the R350 BlueTEC, enabling mid-20s fuel-economy figures on the highway.

Though primarily a wagon in purpose, the R-Class offers a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system for all-weather performance, along with a smooth ride, a hefty, solid driving feel, and a lavish interior with some of the latest infotainment systems. Families looking for a long-distance luxury hauler that eats up the highway miles won't be disappointed.

Likes:

  • Smart, spacious seating
  • Sharpened styling
  • Creamy ride that's not too floaty
  • Torquey, fuel-efficient diesel model

Dislikes:

  • Complicated seat-folding arrangement
  • Long rear doors a handicap in parking lots
  • Balky COMAND screen interface
  • Ambiguous shape
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