The 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class has better safety protection than it did even last year. A new POST-SAFE system disables electrical and fuel systems after an accident, while PRE-SAFE tightens seatbelts in advance of an accident.
All R-Class crossovers have anti-lock brakes; traction and stability control; four-wheel drive; dual front, side, and curtain airbags that cover the third seating row; and tire pressure monitors. A radar-based cruise control system, parking sensors, and a rearview camera are options.
The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) gives the R-Class "good" ratings for front and side impact protection; NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has not tested the R-Class.
Cars.com: "side curtain airbags protect occupants in all three rows of seats"
Edmunds: "steeply raked windshield affords excellent sight lines"
Cars.com: "a nest of headrests impairs the rearward view, which is otherwise OK and helped by ample mirrors"
Cars.com: "reflections are evident in the steep windshield, but they're not too distracting"