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The 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class offers superior levels of safety gear, but for some versions, the crash-test ratings aren’t quite perfect.
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a nest of headrests impairs the rearward view
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all R-Class models are outfitted with stability control
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Good," frontal; "acceptable," side; "good," rear
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While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn’t tested the R-Class, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has, and the results weren’t as good as anticipated. The R-Class got a "good" rating for frontal impact from the IIHS, but its "acceptable" rating for side impact—indicating a higher chance of bodily injury—wasn’t impressive in a class nearly full of vehicles that achieved nothing but top ratings. The R-Class did, however, see a "good" rating in the IIHS’s seat-based rear-impact test. One note: Mercedes has made some running changes, and 2009 models manufactured after September 2008 were retested for a rating of "good."

That aside, all the top safety equipment is in the R-Class. Edmunds says that all Mercedes-Benz R-Class models are "outfitted with stability control with a rollover sensor, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, side-impact airbags for front and second-row passengers, and side curtain airbags for all three rows." Cars.com reports several standard active Mercedes-Benz R-Class safety devices, including "side curtain airbags protect occupants in all three rows of seats, and door-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants."

According to Edmunds, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class' "steeply raked windshield affords excellent sight lines." However, Cars.com expresses some concern over Mercedes-Benz R-Class visibility issues: "a nest of headrests impairs the rearward view, which is otherwise OK and helped by ample mirrors...reflections are evident in the steep windshield, but they're not too distracting."

Conclusion

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class offers superior levels of safety gear, but for some versions, the crash-test ratings aren’t quite perfect.

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