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2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

At a Glance

Pricing $52,690 - $53,840
Drive Types AWD
Engines 3.0l V6 T D, 3.5l V6
Transmissions A7
Fuel Economy 16-18 (city), 21-23 (highway)

Overview Information

The R-Class sits somewhere between a traditional station wagon and a traditional mini-van on the automotive spectrum. It's basically the same size as a minivan only giving up a couple inches of overall height in comparison. Three rows of seating on the inside provide comfortable seating for adults in the first two rows, while still leaving room for a decent 3rd row seat and some cargo storage in back. Large rear doors provide access to the second and third rows but their large size makes them harder to work in tight parking spaces than sliding doors. Mercedes has made a number of adjustments to the R-Class since its introduction in 2006. The base R350 is powered by a 3.5l V6 engine and includes all-wheel-drive. Mileage on the R350 is 16/21 which is poor compared to the E-Class Wagon. Selecting the optional diesel model the R350 Bluetec improves mileage to 18/23. The R350 is priced from $53,000 and does not offer leather upholstery.

What Changed:

The R350 gains a new direct injection V6 rated at 302-bhp, 273 lb-ft of torque.

Official Word:

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350 4MATIC features an all-new 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 engine (302 horsepower, 273 lb.-ft. of torque) coupled with a more fuel efficient seven speed automatic transmission. Thanks to this new powertrain the R350 4MATIC now gets significantly better fuel economy (16 city / 21 highway) while producing more power - an impressive feat, considering that increasing either power or fuel economy usually decreases the other. The R-Class is also available with a fuel-sipping BlueTEC...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
R-Class R350 4MATIC 3.5l V6 (302-bhp) A7 AWD 16/21/18 $52,690
R-Class R350 BlueTEC 3.0l V6 T D (210-bhp) A7 AWD 18/23/20 $53,840