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2011 Mercedes R-Class R 350 BLUE TEC

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Review

(3 Stars)  The upscale minivan

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The Mercedes R class has a bit of an identity crisis. It can't decide if it's more of a minivan or a station wagon or a crossover vehicle. It has the overall look of a minivan, though it has regular doors in the rear, rather than the sliders that would be more common in a minivan. Still, Mercedes calls it a crossover. While not as roomy as a minivan, it can still carry 6 or 7 passengers all the while eschewing the standard stigma of what is a minivan. The R class rides on the same platform as the M and GL classes, but has a larger wheelbase than either of them.

The R class comes in two trim levels, the R350 bluetec and the R350. Both come with all-wheel drive and a 7 speed automatic transmission. They both carry 6 people, but can carry 7 with the applicable option. The R350 Bluetec is powered by a 210 Hp 3.0 Liter V-6 Turbo Diesel. The R350 is propelled by a 3.6 liter, 268 HP V-6. The R series can tow 5200 lbs.

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2011 R 350 BLUE TEC Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.0L BlueTEC V 6 DOHC
Diesel fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 18 MPG city, 24 MPG highway, 20 MPG combined and 422 mi. range
Diesel common rail fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 210 hp @ 3,800 rpm; 400 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm

'11 Mercedes R 350 BLUE TEC Reviews

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'11 Mercedes R 350 BLUE TEC Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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DVD Entertainment
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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