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)

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.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
R-Class R350 4MATIC 3.5l V6 (302-bhp) A7 AWD $52,690
R-Class R350 BlueTEC 3.0l V6 T D (210-bhp) A7 AWD $53,840