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The R-Class had, and has, of a limousine look, a consequence of its status and high price.

In and 2006, Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz two very similar vehicles the Pacifica and the Mercedes R-Class. The six-passenger people movers three rows of individual and, for lack of a better they were dubbed wagons.

At the time, the two companies part of DaimlerChrysler, a mixed marriage that has since through a nasty divorce, Chrysler now wedded to Fiat of

Yet despite their kinship at the Mercedes did not want its R-Class about in the same breath as the Officials insisted that the had nothing in common with its life Chrysler cousin.

If didn’t convince the skeptics perhaps they will The Pacifica, the victim of poor has gone to that great in the sky. But the R-Class, also the of buyer apathy, soldiers on and gets a face lift for

Sales of the R-Class totaled in the recession year of 2009, from 7,733 the year In 2010, it is on a pace to improve Except for the expensive military-style it is the slowest selling of the Mercedes classified as trucks.


Engine . V6 diesel, 211 horsepower. Transmission . automatic with manual-shift and all-wheel drive. Overall . 16 feet 11 inches.

EPA passenger/cargo . 147/16 cubic feet. . 5,148 pounds. EPA city/highway consumption . 18/24 miles per Base price, including charge (2010) . $51,675.

Base dealer cost . $48,119. Price as tested . $63,705. (Comments or suggestions? Frank Aukofer at driveways6(at) by Scripps Howard News For more columns, go to

How to for the tepid response? Perhaps the like the Pacifica, reminded too much of minivans. Their of nearly 17 feet long put them in that category, they came with swing-open side doors of sliders.

But the R-Class had, and more of a limousine look, a of its luxury-vehicle status and high It’s as classy as any Mercedes and can six adults in comfort, though so in the third row.

Curiously, it takes on more of a minivan in the 2011 model because can specify seven-passenger seating, a center seat in the second

Five years after it was introduced as a sport wagon, the designation for R-Class types is which refers to vehicles straddle the divide between and sport utility vehicles. not intended for off-road duty, the comes standard with drive, which Mercedes 4Matic.

If the new R-Class looks it’s because the entire end, from the windshield has been re-designed. The hood is and wider, the face more and the visually striking daytime lights use light-emitting diodes.

there are nine R-Class sold in different markets the world, only two make it to the States: the R-350 4Matic, a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine, and the R-350 BlueTec with a 211-horsepower, 3-liter diesel engine.

They are in their performance characteristics; in except for slightly different engine sounds, anyone be hard-pressed to discern which was under the hood. The Mercedes starts instantly, has no discernible odor (except at the service fuel pump) and is nearly as off the line.

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Zero to 60 mile an hour times for both are between and nine seconds, with the several tenths of a second according to Mercedes specifications. But the because of its stronger torque, quicker from rest.

The big is fuel consumption. The diesel has a government rating of 18/24 to the gallon compared to the gasoline 14/19 rating.

On both the and gasoline versions, the standard system consists of independent hardware in front and an air suspension in back.

That works for the gasoline model but results in a ride on the diesel because it harder-riding run-flat tires to space for a reservoir for urea-based The fluid is part of the system lowers diesel pollutants and the R-diesel to meet stringent standards in all 50 states. If you’re the diesel R-350 you should check out the optional full air system with its adaptive and better ride comfort.

Routine handling is competent. The tracks cleanly on the freeways and little lean in the corners. But more than two-and-one tons of heft and that foot length, it’s not to out-hustle sports sedans.

many Mercedes-Benzes, the R-Class has a steering feel. The interior is with seats that are — some might say — but supportive over distances. Second row seats are as good as those up front.

The third row can accommodate adults, their knees come up high. Getting back takes some agility.

space behind the third row is — 16 cubic feet, or what you’d find in a mid-size car. However, you can get up to 85 feet of space if you fold the and third rows.

A deficiency in the interior is the power shade for the which looks like and allows too much sunlight to Sun shades should shade.

or suggestions? Contact Frank at driveways6(at) Distributed by Scripps News Service. For more go to

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