The instrument panel is identical to before, while the dashboard now offers two-tone color combinations. There are 85 generous feet of cargo space when you fold down all of the back seats. A yellow triangle blinks in your exterior mirrors to warn you that someone's in the blind spots alongside the car. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. The paddle shifters are a nice to have when you want to hold a gear, say in traffic or on a hill.
If it had sliding rear doors, it would be one of the best minivans on the market. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class goes on sale in August, at prices that haven't been announced. Or the rear-view camera or power front seats with memory a unique fan-shaped 3-choice control sits on the left side of the lower seat cushion. The R350 looks like a minivan at first glance, with its long, inclined windshield and capacious shape, but it's not. Shifting on a twisty mountain road will be a little irksome as the system is a bit too slow to respond. Sure, big guys might not be comfortable way back there, but we know of a few sedans that have very similar rear seat dimensions. I took my R350 on a Sunday Drive with the Mercedes-Benz Owners Club.
InstalledOptionsFilter selectedInstalledOptionIdList, installedOptionIdToLabelMap, possiblyDroppedOptionsMap ; installedOptionsFilter. It picks up well from a stoplight, but the gasoline car is still faster in both revving and performance. The R-Class is a segment buster, but not in the traditional sense. I was impressed with the power of both V-6s, and how their unique characteristics will appeal to different types of people. . Although this is a minor quibble, especially considering the R's pedestrian role, it's one that needs to be mentioned. The R hugs the road well for a large, tall car.
If you're shopping luxury crossovers, make sure you take a good look at Mercedes-Benz's reworked R Class before you sign anythingyou won't be the first person to be surprised. Handling, though, is direct and natural for the driver. I earned a commendable 24. If you put on your turn signal when there's someone there it blinks much more vigorously. From the driver's seat, The R350 feels like a tall E Class sedanand that's good. But in hairpins, at residential speeds, the steering wouldn't come back to center.
Other little changes, such as larger exterior mirror housings and a new lower rear fascia make it a formal reintroduction of the car. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. It was as if the front wheels had no self-centering force. The Diesel fuel smell is virtually nonexistent at the pump and you can barely hear the engine. We're not too bothered by this, because the R-Class is clearly not a sports car. My tester featured a sensuous wood and leather steering wheel and the panoramic sunroof, which boasts a two-part retractable sunshade and covers nearly the entire roof.
A 6-passenger vehicle with an optional 7-passenger configuration, the R350 can also be had in two engine configurations. The Bluetec engine is all about cruising. Regardless, we're glad to see Mercedes continue to produce a vehicle that's strong on function and heavy on form. From the windshield forward it's all new, including the hood, fenders, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper. This releases ammonia, which breaks down up to 80 percent of the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water in the downstream catalytic converter. But it doesn't, so it ends up being a large crossover, although this does not prevent it from being a totally usable and capable people hauler. NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter.
DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. True, it can hold six people in great comfort especially in the front and middle rows , and even seven if you order the three-passenger second-row seat. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. While crossovers' popularity is booming, the Mercedes-Benz entry has floundered. However, the R350 comes well equipped with the usual things you expect, and you can add lots more.
SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557258333272 ; listingsSearchManager. We're saddened to learn that the V-8-equipped R500, available in European markets, won't be sold here. These high-tech electronic features prepare your car for a crash if the system senses one is coming. The R350 is no sports car, and on the narrow winding Napa and Sonoma area roads, my son David got a brief touch of motion sickness. Diesels have better fuel economy than gasoline models.
TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. Mercedes-Benz has studied safety for generations, and this latest car features a wide range of active and passive safety features. Nor will there be a rear-drive version of any R350. The middle row seats are positioned ideally for full-size adults, and they fold forward for easy 3rd row access. Although one said with a chuckle that it looked like a hearse, overall folks were impressed by the spaciousness and obvious utility of the car, and thought that the new nose was an improvement.