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2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, The 2011 model year brings a restyle that gives the R-Class more crossover-like looks. There’s a more rugged-looking grille, restyled hood, fenders, side mirrors, new headlights, and LED taillights. Inside, there is new wood trim, new seat stitching, a 3-D instrument cluster, and “saddle” head restraints. Daytime running lights and blind spot assist are now available. The five-spoke 19-inch wheels are a new design.

Mercedes R-Class has the same platform as the M and GL Class, yet it has a body/wheelbase that is longer. The Mercedes R-Class sports three rows of seats and it can seat six to seven passengers, depending on the equipment one chooses. The Mercedes R-Class has one of two engine options, the 3.0-Liter V-6 diesel-operated with urea after treatment churning out 210 horsepower/400 foot-pounds of torque or the 3.5-Liter V-6 delivering 268 horsepower. Whether the consumer chooses the gas or diesel, all of the Mercedes R-Class engines are married to a seven-speed auto tranny. The Mercedes R-Class also has AWD and 17-inch wheels.

The Mercedes R-Class has carlike handling and the utility of an SUV. The cargo space is equal to 85.0 cubic-feet behind the first row of seats. It can tow 5200 pounds, but the engine is taxed. The Mercedes R-Class doesn’t drive like a luxury sedan, but its ride is adequate. The Mercedes R-Class may bewilder the consumer; the vehicle is identified as a crossover, yet it lacks a two-slider/two-door design. Instead, the R-Class has a four-door configuration.

One look at the R-Class, and the first thought is “minivan.” That aside, this is probably the coolest-looking minivan on the market, with sleek lines and modern Mercedes styling. It’s half an inch longer than a Town & Country.

There is no other minivan cabin as attractive or as luxurious as the R-Class. Bird’s eye maple and leather, and the availability of heated seats and steering wheel, rear-seat entertainment, and a panorama sunroof add even more panache.

Mercedes estimates that with the 3.5-liter equipped model will move to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds, with the diesel getting there about a half second later. While the diesel’s a bit slower, its big torque number makes it feel quicker than it is, and it’s much more fuel efficient than the base model. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the driving dynamics of a Mercedes sedan, and the suspension is soft. There also isn’t enough steering feel.

Driver and front passenger front airbags are standard, along with second- and third-row side impact airbags and three-row window curtain bags. Traction control, stability control, rollover sensor, and ABS with brake assist are all standard.

Bodystyles: Minivan
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic
Models: R350 4Matic, R350 BlueTEC 4Matic

EPA Fuel Economy
R350 4Matic: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway
R350 BlueTEC 4Matic: 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway

Price : $50,240 – $51,740

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