2011 MercedesBenz R350 BlueTEC

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Mercedes-Benz R 350

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Head-turning quotient: People actually looked and smiled at this one. They tended to ignore or look askance at the predecessor model.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Ride is excellent on good or bad roads. Credit the four-wheel independent, self-leveling suspension (front and rear stabilizer bar, double-wishbone front, multi-link rear). Unloaded acceleration is good from start. It borders on ponderous when the R-350 BlueTEC is loaded. But the R-350 always hits its stride in the long haul, running with gusto loaded or unloaded. Handling is excellent loaded or unloaded.

Body style/layout: The R-350 BlueTEC is a full-size, luxury people and stuff hauler with four side doors and an automatically operated rear hatch. The engine is mounted up front. The R-350 BlueTEC comes standard with all-wheel-drive.

Engine/transmission: The standard R-350 BlueTEC engine is a turbocharged, 24-valve, direct-injection V-6 diesel. It is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that can also be shifted manually.

Capacities: There are seats for seven people. Maximum cargo capacity with middle and rear seats down is 85 cubic feet. Cargo/luggage capacity with middle and rear seats raised is 15.2 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 21.1 gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel (15 parts per million sulfur vs. 500 ppm for traditional diesel fuel). The R-350 BlueTEC can be equipped to pull a trailer weighing 3,500 pounds.

Mercedes-Benz R 350

BlueTEC defined: BlueTEC is the trade name used for Mercedes-Benz’s advanced diesel vehicles. It refers to the urea-based AdBlue chemical used to reduce nitrogen oxides and other pollutants in the exhaust streams of diesel engines.

Mileage: You get 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway – not bad for an all-wheel-drive vehicle with a factory weight of 5,203 pounds.

Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front/solid rear), four-wheel antilock brake protection and electronic braking assistance, electronic stability and traction control, 12 air bags (including side and head bags for middle and rear passengers) and pre-collision safety system (automatically tightens belts and makes other safety adjustments in an imminent crash).

Price: The base price of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-350 BlueTec is $51,740. Dealer’s invoice price on the base model is $48,118. Price as tested is $65,275, including $12,660 in options (onboard navigation, backup camera, multimedia interface capability, rear audio/visual entertainment package, electronic blind spot assistance, electronic parking proximity warning system) and an $875 destination charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $60,767.

Mercedes-Benz R 350
Mercedes-Benz R 350
Mercedes-Benz R 350
Mercedes-Benz R 350
Mercedes-Benz R 350

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