2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Review

As family-haulers go, the Mercedes-Benz R350 Bluetec is a nice rig — perhaps too nice for the sippy-cup-and-Cheerios gang. Even though the R350 doesn't fit nicely into a defined category such as minivan, SUV or crossover, it's nonetheless a practical car for the high-earning, minivan-averse family.

The R350 caters to families with its roomy cabin, compliant ride and available convenience features, but it sacrifices some utility in the name of style.

I tested the diesel-powered R350 Bluetec, and a gas V-6 engine is also offered. The diesel version starts at $51,740, but options made the as-tested price balloon to around $67,000. The R-Class' price range overlaps two of Mercedes' SUVs: the five-seat M-Class and the seven-seat GL-Class. The R-Class is available with seating for six or seven. To see a side-by-side comparison of these three models, click here.

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Turn signals
1 High-beam headlamps 2 Right turn signal 3 High-beam flasher 4 Left turn signal - To indicate briefly: press the combination switch briefly to the pressure point in the direction of arrow 2 ...

Transporting the vehicle
The towing eyes or trailer tow hitch can be used to pull the vehicle onto a trailer or transporter if you wish to transport it. ► Turn the SmartKey to position 2 in the ignition lock. ...

Replacing the rear window wiper blade
Removing the wiper blade WARNING The wiper arm could be set in motion and injure you if the wiper is switched on. Remove the key from the ignition lock before replacing the wiper blade. - R ...