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2012 Mercedes R-Class R 350

2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Review

(0 Stars)  As close as it gets to a luxury minivan.

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Overview
Slow sales have forced Mercedes-Benz to keep its R-class offerings simple, so the all-wheel-drive crossover is available with a choice of just two V-6 engines: one gas and one diesel. We prefer the diesel because it provides acceleration comparable to that of the gasoline engine with dramatically reduced fuel consumption. Significantly redesigned for 2011, the R-class was given more-SUV-like styling, which goes a long way toward making this Mercedes look less like a minivan. Under the skin, though, the R-class is as close as it gets to a luxury minivan. We mean that with the utmost respect, as the R is a spacious, functional, comfortable people mover. The big R-class is almost fifteen inches longer than the M-class on which it's based and flirts with a 5000-pound curb weight, but it provides a more usable third row than most SUVs. Options include a three-zone climate system; seating for seven (six-person seating is standard); a rear-seat entertainment system; and a 115-volt, household-type plug. The R might not fit into a predefined category, but if you're looking for full-size-SUV cargo space combined with refined road manners, diesel fuel economy, and a healthy helping of creature comforts, you're looking for an R-class.

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2012 R 350 Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 380 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 302 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 273 ft lb of torque @ 3,500 rpm

'12 Mercedes R 350 Standard Equipment

  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
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Privacy Glass
  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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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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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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Memory 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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Memory 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
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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