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For 2012 the biggest change to the R-Class is the R350 4MATIC's new V6 engine. This 3.5-liter V6 makes 302 horsepower, 34 more than last year's gasoline-fueled V6. Other new standards include LED daytime running lights and Mercedes' COMAND personalization system for sound system, navigation and more.
New standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a tire-pressure monitoring system that shows individual tire pressure. Diesel-powered R-Class models feature new chrome trim, while its gasoline counterpart is fitted with 19-inch AMG alloy wheels and privacy glass. Seven-passenger seating is now a stand-alone option.
The new R320 BlueTEC diesel replaces last year's CDI model and will be available for purchase in all 50 states. Additional changes for 2009 include making the PRE-SAFE preventative occupant safety system and a power sunroof standard on all models. New options include a class II trailer hitch and upgraded audio with available SIRIUS Real-Time Traffic and Voice Control.
By Rich on Saturday, December 17, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,800overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Stylish if you like it. Top notch comfort."
Cons: "expensive if it breaks"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Mercedes R350 styling is not for everyone but the handling aspect of this large wagon crossover is surprisingly good. Decent turning radius (although not like an ML), good braking and an extremely smooth ride. Gas mileage is another surprise @ 17 city and 23 highway as long as your under 75 mph. To do that you'll have to use cruise. You can carry lots of "stuff" and the air suspension in the rear will make up for it or you can carry six adults in the three rows of captains buckets in comfort. Good power from the 3.5 liter six w/ the seven speed trans which will learn your driving style. Expensive to fix at the dealership, find a good experienced local shop. Don't be intimidated by the brand, it's a vehicle with lots of value."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By carefree on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "driving experience, passenger amenities"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This is the third MB and the second R. The first R was a 2006 and I traded it in on a new Volvo XC70 as soon as the warranty on the R was up. Usual first model year glitches on the 2006 R and just not worth the annoyance and expense. I soon realized how different the R is from other crossovers. I kept the Volvo XC70 for approximately 6 months then switched to a 2010 R. The level of refinement, driving agility, and passenger comfort are the best features of this vehicle. That having been said my wife has a seven year old E class that has only been to the service center once for anything other then normal maintenance. The R on the other hand is in about every two months. I did purchase the extended warranty which will pay for itself based on past experience. Ultimately, I think buyers are fooling themselves if they expect the repair bills for a $60K car to be comparable to a $30K (insert other American/Japanese brand here) but they will find a higher level of reliability in the other brand. They only produce around 3K R's in Alabama each year and I firmly believe that is the difference between the R and the E. One is built in Alabama and the other is still built in Stuttgart Germany. My next car will be another R but I go in with my eyes open regarding the cost of ownership."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Mommaroxon on Sunday, September 25, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "ultra view roof, comfortable seating, ease of getting in and out of back"
Cons: "cost of ownership, gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I have had this car for about a year and a half. I purchased an extended 5-year warranty. The car really gets not-so-great gas mileage. The seating is very comfortable, although I miss the extra 1-2 seats from previous and competitor models. The paddle switches on this model is on the steering wheel and I find myself hitting them in error and knocking the gears down while driving (very scary). The newer models have remedied this by placing the paddle shift in a more overt spot. I do love the gear shift though. I agree whole-heartedly with the other review that Mercedes idea of customer service is you pay and we'll fix. The cost of ownership is the main reason why I'm now looking to trade in my long-awaiting "ideal" car. This car has been in the shop numerous times from the get-go, and now is needing a $650 service to keep it going and full covered by the very expensive warranty I've bought extra. Would consider Cadillac, GMC, Toyota before I'd pay for German engineering and cost!"
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful