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2007 Mercedes R-Class R350


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Base MSRP: $43,000Model Code: W164Transmission: AutomaticDoors: 5


DoorMax Power: 268hp





Available Options
AudioCD Changer with Voice Recognition – $900Disc autochanger glove box and 6 Hands-free cellular phone Voice activating system includes phone Audio system with Disc Autochanger and six-disc remote changer [P01] P1 Package
ConvenienceDVD Navigation – $1,650Navigational systems : information type: full map and voice and touch screen controls DVD and color Display screen front DVD/VCD [864] Rear Seat Entertainment PackageParktronic – $760Parking distance sensors front and rear and radar
PaintMetallic Paint – $700Metallic paintStandard Paint – $0Gloss paint [A] Metallic Paint
SeatsHeated Front Seats – $700Heated driver and passenger seat2nd Row Center Console – $400Rear seat center armrest integral box Rear seats cup holders fixed [864] Rear Seat Entertainment Package
SteeringWood/Leather Steering Wheel – $540Wood & leather steering wheel [318] Trim Package
Wheels18″ Wheels – $900Front and rear alloy wheels with 18 inch rim diam and 8.0 inch rim width Front and rear all seasons tires with 255 mm tire width, 55% tire profile and H tire rating [322] Exterior Appearance Package And [321] AMG Sport Package


Standard Features
ExteriorBody ExteriorBody side moldingTrunk/hatch spoilerChrome/bright trim on bumpersBumpersBody color front and rear bumpersPaintBlack paint
InteriorConvenience12v power outlet: front and 1 , 12v power outlet: rear and 2 , 12v power outlet: cargo and 1Remote control remote trunk/hatch releaseCruise controlFront seats cigar lighterFront and rear ashtrayDelayed/fade courtesy lightsFront and rear reading lightsIlluminated entry systemCargo area lightIlluminated driver and passenger vanity mirrorAutomatic door closingGarage door openerComing home deviceInterior TrimLuxury trim alloy look on gearknob, wood & leather on doors and wood/woodgrain on dashboardFloor covering: carpet in load areaFloor matsSeatsVinyl seat upholstery with additional vinylFront seat center armrestRear seat center armrestBucket electrically adjustable driver seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, four adjustments and tilt adjustment , bucket passenger seatTwo symmetrical bucket front facing reclining rear seats with zero adjustmentsBucket front facing symmetrical third row seats with two seat capacity that fold flat to floorStorageLockable glove compartmentDoor pockets/bins for driver seat, passenger seat and rear seatsFront seat back storageFront seats cup holders fixed , rear seats cup holders pop out , 3rd row seats cup holders fixedFull dashboard console , full floor console with covered storage boxVentilationVentilation system with recirculation setting and micro filterPassenger seat secondary ventilation controlsAir conditioning with climate control and rear outlet 2
ElectronicsAudioEight speaker(s)Element antennaManufacturer’s own audio system with AM/FM and CD player CD player reads MP3Steering wheel mounted remote audio controlsAudio anti-theft protection: codeInstrumentationDashboardService interval indicatorAutomatic drive indicator on dashboardTachometerOil pressure warning lightExternal temperatureDoor ajar warningLow fuel level warningLow washer fluid level warningClockComputer with average fuel consumption and range for remaining fuelCompassLow tire pressure indicatorLightsProjector beam lens halogen bulb headlightsHeadlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensorRear fog lightsDay time running lightsDoor entry light


Safety


VisibilityRear view mirrorDriver and passenger power heated body color door mirrors indicator lightsFixed rear window with defogger and intermittentTinted glass on cabin, rear and sideWindshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensorFront and rear power windows with two one-touchSafetyAll three rows roof airbagDriver front airbag with multi-stage deployment , passenger front airbag with occupant sensors and multi-stage deploymentFront and rear side airbagTwo height adjustable active head restraints on front seats , two height adjustable head restraints on rear seats , two height adjustable head restraints on 3rd row seatsHeight adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side and passenger side with pre-tensioners3-point reel third row seat belts on driver side and passenger side


Warranty and Fixed Charges


Charges Fixed delivery charges: 775WarrantyFull car warranty: duration (months): 48 or distance (miles): 50,000Powertrain warranty: duration (months): 48 or distance (miles): 50,000Anticorrosion warranty: duration (months): 48 or distance (miles): 50,000Road-side assistance warranty: duration (months): unlimited or distance (miles): unlimited


Technical Specifications
VersionTrim level: R350Five-door Minivan body style W164Seating: six seats
Engine3,498 cc 3.5 liters V 6 front engine with 92.9 mm bore, 86 mm stroke, 10.5 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinderEmission control level FED


Engine Performance


Power: 200 kW , 268 HP SAE @ 6,000 rpm; 258 ft lb , 350 Nm @ 2,400 rpmFuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 21 and EPA city (mpg): 16
TransmissionFull-time 4×4-wheel drive3.9:1 axle ratioElectronic traction control via ABS & engine managementAutomatic 7-speed transmission with mode select, lock-up, electronic control, manual mode, shift lever on steering wheel, 4.38:1 first gear ratio, 2.86:1 second gear ratio, 1.92:1 third gear ratio, 1.37:1 fourth gear ratio, 1:1 fifth gear ratio, 0.82:1 sixth gear ratio and 3.42:1 reverse gear ratio automatic with manual mode and 0.73Stability control
WheelsFront and rear all seasons tires with 235 mm tire width, 65% tire profile, H tire rating and black sidewallFront and rear alloy wheels with 17 inch rim diam and 7.5 inch rim widthInflatable steel rim internal spare wheel


Brakes


Four disc brakes including two ventilated discsFour-wheel ABSElectronic brake distributionBrake assist system
Steering Leather covered multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustmentPower steering FuelMulti-point injection fuel systemPremium unleaded fuel 9121.1 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank
WeightsWeights: gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) 6,305, curb weight (lbs) 4,829 and max payload (lbs) 1,635


Dimensions


External dimensions: overall length (inches): 203, overall width (inches): 75.7, overall height (inches): 65.4, ground clearance (inches): 5.8, wheelbase (inches): 126.6, front track (inches): 65.5, rear track (inches): 65.3 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 40.7Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 39.8, rear headroom (inches): 40.4, front leg room (inches): 39.8, rear leg room (inches): 36.2, front shoulder room (inches): 60.3 and rear shoulder room (inches): 59.6Cargo capacity: rear seat down (cu ft): 85, all seats in place (cu ft): 15.3, all seats removed (cu ft): 85 and third row seats removed (cu ft): 42.2Cargo area dimensions: length (inches): 19.4, front width (inches): 44.5 and width between arches (inches): 44.5


2007 Mercedes Benz R Class Reviews
IntroductionWhat exactly is the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class? If you fall in step with Mercedes’ marketing pitch, you’d be inclined to think it’s a “sports tourer,” a vehicle that busts market segment types by combining the best qualities of a car, SUV and minivan. People of a more skeptical nature might just declare, “Isn’t it just an oversized station wagon?” No matter what you believe, however, there’s no denying that the R-Class is an intriguing vehicle that represents a luxurious and powerful form of family transport. The R-Class debuted last year as an all-new vehicle. Mercedes-Benz derived inspiration from its 2002 Vision GST (“Grand Sports Tourer”) concept vehicle, and much of the R’s underlying hardware is related to the current M-Class. When you first see it in person, you might be surprised by its size. The R-Class, which is available as the R350, the R500 and, as new additions for 2007, the R320 CDI and R63 AMG, is big. At 203 inches long, an R-Class extends past an E-Class wagon by a foot. Fortunately, that size does translate into plenty of room inside. This Benz features three rows of two-passenger seating. The second-row captain’s chairs are quite comfortable and even the third row is suitable for adults as long as trip durations are moderate. For access, there are two traditional rear doors. Though the doors open wide and avoid the minivan-like styling inherent in sliding rear doors, they are quite long and heavy. The former can pose a problem in tight parking lots, while small children seated in back can have difficultly dealing with the latter. Still, the positives far outweigh the negatives for Mercedes’ “sports tourer.” It’s roomy, stylish and can be packed with just about all of Benz’s latest techno toys. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive to provide extra traction in times of inclement weather. For those wanting a versatile luxury vehicle that deftly sidesteps the perceived stigma of a minivan (or an SUV, for that matter), the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class makes a lot of sense.
Body Styles, Trim Levels and OptionsThe 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is a large luxury wagon that provides seating for six passengers. There are four trim levels available: R350, R320 CDI, R500 and R63 AMG. The R350 and R320 CDI are equipped similarly and come standard with 17-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, real maple wood trim, a power driver seat, the COMAND interface and a CD player with an auxiliary input jack. Stepping up to the R500 provides 18-inch wheels and heated front seats. The flagship R63 AMG features special interior and exterior styling details, a sport-tuned air suspension, 20-inch wheels, stronger brakes, sport seats and much of the additional equipment detailed below as standard. Options for the lower three trim levels are mostly grouped in large (and expensive) packages. Exterior or mechanical upgrades include a Panorama sunroof, power rear quarter windows, a power rear liftgate, park assist sensors, an adjustable air suspension, adaptive xenon HID headlights and an AMG Sport styling package with 19-inch wheels. Inside, you can further equip the R-Class with leather upholstery, rear seat heaters, a power passenger seat, driver-seat memory and tri-zone climate control. Satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, the TeleAid emergency call system, a navigation system with a rearview camera, a rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control and remote entry/start are also available.
Powertrains and PerformanceEach trim level has a distinct engine. The R350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The R320 CDI is diesel-powered. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged engine is capable of 215 hp and a stout 398 lb-ft of torque and, like most diesels, provides impressive fuel mileage (21/28 mpg) and range. Buyers should be aware, however, that the R320 CDI is not for sale in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York or Vermont due to stricter diesel emissions standards. The remaining trims come equipped with V8 engines. The 5.0-liter V8 in the R500 is capable of 302 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. For the R63 AMG, Mercedes installs a monstrous 6.3-liter V8 that makes 503 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes says the R63 can hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds — as quick or quicker than a Porsche Cayman S. All models are fitted with a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.


Safety
Interior Design and Special FeaturesThe 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class wagon’s interior is plush and smart in design. Gauges are well placed and controls are mostly intuitive. The vehicle comfortably seats six; even the two rearmost seats are pretty comfortable for adults. Mercedes has made third-row access easy by expanding the length of the rear doors and putting both second-row seats on spring-loaded hinges. They jump out of the way with the flick of a lever, and snap back into place just as easily. With the second- and third-row seats lowered, the R-Class can hold 85 cubic feet of cargo.


Driving Impressions


With the standard suspension, body motion is adequately controlled, but opting for Mercedes’ Airmatic air suspension system ensures just the right damping for all situations. This is no sports car, but for what it is, Mercedes engineers did themselves proud. The seven-speed transmission has a lot to do with the vehicle’s impressive performance; although we think it could downshift a little quicker, it’s geared perfectly and clicks off swift upshifts when the driver has his foot down. The 3.5-liter V6 lacks punch off the line but pulls respectably once up and running; the diesel V6 has the opposite problem, as it has plenty of grunt down low but gets a little breathless at highway speeds. The R500 is a solid (but pricier) compromise between the two, while the R63 AMG earns the top prize for “most demented” minivan.
What’s NewTwo new trim levels, the R320 CDI and the R63 AMG, are available this year. The R320 CDI has a diesel-fueled engine for enhanced fuel economy, while the R63 AMG is modified for high performance and comes equipped with a 503-horsepower V8.
ProWide range of engine choices, seating for six, functions much like a luxury minivan but without the associated mommy-mobile stigma.


More 2007 R Class Reviews
The Mercedes-Benz R-Class was created for buyers seeking the driving characteristics of a good luxury sedan with more space and functionality. Mercedes calls the R a grand sport tourer, but in essence it’s a luxurious minivan.


For 2007, the R-Class line expands with two new models. The diesel-powered R320 CDI eliminates just about everything bad associated with old-technology diesels except the outstanding fuel economy. The R63 AMG is powered by a hand-assembled 503-horsepower V8, with other mechanical enhancements that make it the undisputed hot rod of minivans (if the R-Class is indeed a minivan). Yet the best news of all applies to the price. Perhaps due to slower-than-anticipated sales, Mercedes has lowered the sticker on other R-Class models roughly $5,000, without a significant reduction in standard equipment.
The R-Class has four conventional swing-out doors and a top-hinged, one-piece tailgate, like a station wagon. It has full-time electronically controlled all-wheel drive like many upscale SUVs, and it has three rows of seats, like the typical minivan. The R-Class is also quite large, though a good-looking wedge shape and sweeping lines help disguise its considerable size.
This grand sport tourer is longer than many full-sized, truck-based SUVs. Its doors are among the longest on any vehicle, and they open to expose a spacious interior that comfortably accommodates six adults in nice, supportive seats.
Whatever the R-Class is, we like it. Each of the four models accelerate, corner and ride like big luxury sedans, with the all-weather security of standard all-wheel drive and impressive flexibility for people and cargo hauling. All offer the passenger-friendly accoutrements of a mainstream minivan, including an abundance of cup holders and interior lighting and an optional DVD entertainment system. And all come loaded with passive safety features designed to protect occupants in the event of an accident.


Model Lineup
What’s New for 2007: Two new, very different models. The R320 CDI ($44,000) is equipped identically to the base R350, except that it’s powered by a high-tech, 3.2-liter diesel V6 with 216 horsepower and a substantial improvement in mileage. The R63 AMG ($87,400) is a hot rod for large families. It’s equipped with a 503-hp, 6.2-liter V8 hand built by a single technician at Mercedes’ AMG racing subsidiary, other mechanical enhancements and a long list of ultra-luxury features. The retail price of existing R-Class models was reduced nearly $5,000.
So the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is now available in four models. Each is distinguished primarily by its engine, and all are equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive and load-leveling rear suspension.
The R350 ($43,000) is powered by 268-hp, 3.5-liter gasoline V6. Standard equipment includes leather seating, birds-eye maple trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, folding second- and third-row bucket seats, rain-sensing wipers, multi-function control buttons on the steering wheel, an eight-speaker stereo with AM/FM/WB/CD, an integrated garage door opener and lots of cup holders.
The R500 ($50,500) has a 302-hp V8 engine. It also adds a six-disc CD changer, heated front seats, burl walnut trim, three memory buttons for seats, mirrors and steering column, TeleAid emergency communication, additional chrome exterior trim, tinted front and side glass, speed-sensitive steering and 18-inch wheels with 255/50 tires. Options include turning bi-xenon headlights ($900), Keyless Go automatic starting ($1,100), Airmatic suspension ($1,400), and three-zone automatic climate control ($1050). The Premium package ($4,225) includes the Panorama sun roof, with a five-and-a-half-foot glass section in two panels, the rear-seat DVD entertainment package, navigation system, a power tailgate, and TeleAid. The AMG Sport package ($4,500) includes Mercedes’ Airmatic air suspension, and it delivers the look and feel of the R63 AMG without the crazy powerful engine. Safety features include multi-stage front airbags and both side-impact and head-protection curtain airbags for all seats. Active safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Mercedes newest electronic stability program (ESP). A tire-pressure monitor comes standard.


Walkaround


What’s new for 2007: The R63 AMG stands out for its more athletic appearance. Its 20-inch rims are the most obvious indicator, but the R63 also sports aggressive front and rear aprons, a unique grille and deeply sculpted AMG side skirts. The new R320 looks identical to the R350, except for small CDI badges that indicate its diesel engine. The Mercedes-Benz R-Class is a big machine. It’s 14 inches longer than Mercedes’ M-Class sport-utility vehicles and longer than the full-size Cadillac Escalade SUV, but lower to the ground than both, making it easier to step inside. The rear side doors are very, very long. That makes getting into and out of the second- and third-row seats easier, but it can cause problems in tight parking areas. With curb weight for the V8 exceeding 4900 pounds, the R-Class is heavier than some full-size SUVs.
Expansive size pays dividends in abundant space inside the R-Class, as fully 65 percent of its volume is interior space. The typical sedan has a much lower ratio. Mercedes stylists have also done a good job disguising the R-Class’s functional intent with a swoopy, appealing design.
In many respects the R-Class is striking, and handsome. Its hood rises sharply into a large, steeply angled windshield, and sweeping front-to-rear lines tend to minimize its bulk and create some visual excitement. Sculpted front fenders flow back from multi-element headlamps, and an aggressive grille adds character. The bodywork also makes the R-Class a fairly slippery vehicle. Its 0.31 drag coefficient is lower than some sedans, and that helps minimize interior noise as air streams over the body surfaces. Four wheel packages are available, ranging from 17 to 20 inches in diameter, intended to add either a touch of elegance or a bit or racy style.


Interior Features
What’s New for 2007: The R63 AMG model has heavily bolstered sport seats in front, upholstered with Nappa leather and an Alcantara insert across the shoulder bolsters. The R63 also features a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, unique instruments with AMG graphics and stainless-steel pedals with rubber studs. In function and versatility, the R-Class interior is very much like that in a good minivan (whether Mercedes appreciates that label or not). In design and finish, it’s very much a Mercedes-Benz. The R seats six in three rows of two, as opposed to seven in many minivans. Each seat is individually adjustable, and all will accommodate a fairly tall adult in comfort. Materials used throughout are generally luxury grade, and all R-Class models come with wood trim. The driver’s seating position replicates that in a minivan’s: high enough that a big SUV won’t completely obscure forward sight lines, but not off-road high. The six-cylinder models have a manually adjusted steering column, while the wheel in V8s tilts and telescopes with power assist. Glass in the R-Class is expansive, allowing excellent visibility in all directions. It also makes for a bright, airy ambience, whether the interior is trimmed in light or dark colors. The R-Class instrument panel is as luxurious in style, execution and materials as that in Mercedes’ mid-size E-Class sedan. There’s more chrome decoration than you’ll find in most other Mercedes. The dash design is different than that in the M-Class SUV (the R’s sister model), with an extra step along its length, but the gauge cluster, center-stack display and switch clusters are identical. The second pair of seats slides fore or aft six inches, increasing legroom for passengers in the second or third row as needed. Mercedes says there can be as much as 40 inches of space between the first two rows, and 30 inches between the second and third. All the rear seat backs recline, just like those in front. The second row has three sets of air vents, one in the rear console, the floor and the side pillars, and its own fan. Optional three-zone climate control allows separate temperature adjustment in back.
The R-Class is loaded with conveniences you wouldn’t find in Mercedes’ big S-Class sedan 10 years ago. Every seat has a cup holder, an armrest, air vent and its own light. There are actually more cupholders than seats, and a built-in bottle opener. Entertainment choices abound. The optional dual-screen DVD system mounts LED screens behind the front headrests, and each will display a different input (a movie and video game, for example). The standard stereo has an MP3 jack and plays tracks from an MP3 player using the player’s controls. The optional iPod connector will let you put your Apple iPod in the glovebox and play it through the stereo, using steering wheel controls to select tracks from the iPod menu, which is displayed on the dash.
The rear seats fold, individually and in fairly simple fashion, to create a flat load floor. Cargo capacity ranges from 15.2 cubic feet behind the third row to an impressive 85 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The maximum is less than a long wheelbase Chrysler Town & Country, with its slick stow-in-floor seats, but more than some full-size SUVs. Mercedes says cargo lengths approaching nine feet can be accommodated inside.


Driving Impressions
What’s New for 2007: Two engines. The 216-hp 3.2-liter diesel V6 in the new R320 CDI is state of the art, and as clean as the gasoline engines in other R-Class models. The high-performance 6.2-liter V8 in the R63 AMG delivers the torque of a large V8 and the free-breathing, high-revving character of a sports car engine, with racing style features such as dry sump lubrication. Get behind the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz R-Class and the minivan comparisons lose some of their weight. While the R is most like a minivan in its layout and interior flexibility (and maybe its appearance), it drives more like some big luxury sedans, and it’s livelier than most minivans.
Don’t get the wrong idea. This is not a sports sedan. But when it comes to handling, the R-Class will do just about anything the driver demands, and more, without losing its composure.
Put another way, the R-Class is much better to drive fast than the typical minivan, and very stable at speeds well beyond the legal limit. This vehicle can carry six people down the autobahn at 120 miles an hour while five of those people sip lattes. It’s steady and buttoned down in all circumstances, and ready for a dash down a twisty road at fairly high speeds, without putting anyone inside on edge. Its front seats are more heavily bolstered than those in most minivans or SUVs. They keep occupants snugly in place, without being uncomfortable.
The R-Class is nice and quiet, too, without the booming sounds that seem to float around the back portion of some minivans. At highway speeds, there’s less wind noise than you’ll hear in many other vehicles this size. The quiet environment means less fatigue for the driver on long trips, and easy conversation for all occupants, whether there are two or six.
There is one exception to the solitude, to be sure. Especially with the 19-inch wheel option, the tires feel hard and stiff when they slam across pavement joints, and they crack Loud! It’s not really degradation in ride quality, and it’s an increasingly common occurrence on big luxury vehicles, as rims get bigger and tire sidewalls shorter. It’s just a little out of character with the rest of the R-Class dynamics. The 17- and 18-inch wheels are going to offer the quieter ride.
The V6-powered models are more than adequate for most driving, chauffeuring, and touring duties. There’s power in reserve for safe, anxiety-free passing on two lane roads. We’d choose the diesel-powered R320 CDI, assuming diesel fuel was readily available within our appointed rounds. Acceleration times to 60 mph are nearly identical for the R320 and gasoline-powered R350, yet the diesel is noticeably quicker to say, 40 mph, or immediately after the transmission downshifts when you pull out to pass, thanks to it’s considerably higher torque rating. Yet for all intents and purposes, the diesel is as smooth and quiet (and odor-free) as the gas V6. It also delivers a real-world fuel economy improvement off as much as 30 percent, and it has much greater range on a tank of fuel. That said, the V8-powered R500 is even more satisfying to drive. Just step on the gas and go. The R500 has more grunt than any family hauler needs, and gets itself around anything dawdling in its path without breaking a sweat. Also, the V8 is a bit smoother than either of the V6s. Another thing we like about the R-Class is its seven-speed automatic transmission: In addition to extra gears, its control program works better than that on the Mercedes automatics of yore. This one doesn’t slack off when you need it most, kicking down to a lower gear fast, sometimes three gears at once, if you slam the accelerator that hard. Even the operating system works great. The gear selector is an easy-to-reach short stalk on the right side of the steering column, with simple up-down movement for reverse and drive. Alternate shift buttons, which allow selection of a specific gear, are located on the back of the steering wheel hub, right where fingers wrap around the spokes. The touch-shift manual mode works nicely, and it will hold a gear at high rpm without shifting up. There’s more than enough braking capability to stop the hefty R-Class right now, and the pedal feel is very good compared to some other Mercedes models. Mercedes left its electronic brake-by-wire system off this model, which is just fine by us, and the pedal works in steady, linear fashion, so the driver can easily modulate the brakes and stop smoothly nearly every time.
The all-wheel-drive system works in the background whether you’re on pavement, dirt, snow or ice, and keeps the car planted and pointed properly. It’s engineered in such a way as to keep entry and exit height nice and low, not like a typical SUV, and it adds an element of confidence and security in sloppy conditions.


Summary
Mercedes calls its R-Class a grand sport tourer. We’d call it a minivan, without a hint of disparagement. The R-Class is stylish and luxurious, with plenty of function. In seats six adults more comfortably than almost any vehicle on the market, with plenty of entertainment options for those inside, and it easily converts to carry a lot of stuff rather than people. It’s more satisfying to drive than most other minivans, and it can accelerate faster than some luxury sedans. All-wheel drive makes it great for the wintry conditions, and it will easily fit in most garages.


Model Line Overview
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Model lineup: Mercedes-Benz R350 ($43,000); R320 diesel ($44,000); R500 ($50,500); R63 AMG ($87,400)Engines: 268-hp 3.5-liter V6; 216-hp 3.2-liter diesel V6; 302-hp 5.0-liter V8; 503-hp 6.2-liter V8Transmissions: 7-speed automaticSafety equipment (standard): dual-stage front airbags, front, middle and rear side-impact airbags, full-cabin curtain-style head protection airbags; electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with EBD, tire pressure monitorSafety equipment (optional): Parktronic parking aidBasic warranty: 4 years/50,000 milesAssembled in: Vance, Alabama
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Specifications As Tested
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Model tested (MSRP): Mercedes-Benz R500 ($50,500)Standard equipment: dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, burl-walnut trim, power windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control, eight-speaker stereo with AM/FM/WB/CD, COMAND LCD information display and control system, rain-sensing wipers, multi-function steering wheel controls, eight-way power seats, folding second- and third-row bucket seats, integrated garage door opener; load-leveling rear suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and tiresOptions as tested (MSRP): DVD-based navigation system ($1,650); Keyless Go starting ($1,100)Destination charge: ($775)Gas guzzler tax: N/APrice as tested (MSRP): $54,020Layout: all-wheel driveEngine: 5.0-liter overhead cam 24-valve V8Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 302 @ 5600Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 339 @ 2700Transmission: 7-speed automaticEPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 14/19 mpgWheelbase: 126.6 in.Length/width/height: 203.0/77.5/65.2 in.Track, f/r: 65.5/65.3 in.Turning circle: 40.7 ft.Seating capacity: 6Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.8/60.3/39.8 in.Head/hip/leg room, m: 40.4/59.6/36.2 in.Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.2/52.8/32.4 in.Cargo volume: 85 cu. ft.Payload: N/ATowing capacity: N/ASuspension, f: independent, double wishbone, coil springsSuspension, r: independent, four-link, coil springsGround clearance: 5.8 in.Curb weight: 4917 lbs.Tires: P255/55R18Brakes, f/r: vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBDFuel capacity: 21.1 gal.
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