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Original MSRP: $50,240 - $51,740
MPG: 15 City / 19 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Review

Review Last Updated: 7/27/12

If you can get past the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class’ minivan-style looks, test drivers said it’s a great luxury SUV for families.

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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is basically Mercedes’ version of a minivan. Its sleek, swoopy styling may turn off some buyers who want an SUV that actually looks like an SUV, but if you can get past the R-Class’ looks, test drivers said it’s a great family SUV. Its available diesel engine gets up to 24 mpg on the highway, its third row is roomy and its safety scores are at the top of the class. Test drivers said the R-Class isn’t sporty by any means, but it’s surprisingly car-like to drive for its size, and its ride is comfortable and smooth.

Though the R-Class is a great family SUV, it’s not perfect for everyone. Its reliability score is slightly better than average, but top rivals have better scores. The R-Class comes standard with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, burl walnut wood trim and a sunroof, but that’s not great compared with many rivals that offer more on their base trims. Features like a rearview camera, bi-xenon headlamps and navigation were part of options packages when it was new. If you need an SUV with more off-road and towing capability, or want a minivan alternative that looks a little less like a minivan, then you’ll want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, family drivers looking for luxury should be sure to put the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class on their shopping lists.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you want a three-row SUV with sportier performance, consider the 2011 Acura MDX. The MDX has handling that was praised across the board, and it looks more like a traditional SUV than the R-Class does. The Acura MDX also gets better fuel economy than the gas-powered R-Class.

The 2011 Lincoln MKT might not have the same prestigious luxury badge as the Mercedes-Benz R-Class, but it has a great reliability rating and especially good safety scores. Test drivers loved the MKT’s roomy cabin and smooth ride, and noted that its third row of seats is one of the most spacious in the class. Some reviewers had problems with the MKT’s MyLincoln Touch infotainment controls, but otherwise, it’s a great choice in its class.

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