The Mercedes R350 could be considered either a minivan, an SUV, or a station wagon. This is a super crossover model. Mercedes does like to call it a SUV but that might be stretching it. It does have a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 268 horsepower and 258 lb/ft of torque. A seven speed automatic transmission comes standard, and fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway. This is fairly poor fuel economy, but what more do you expect. The interior has the luxurious feel typical of a Mercedes. As a crossover/SUV/station wagon, it also seems to account well for the influx of children that might be entering and exiting the vehicle. Reviewers seem to love the spaciousness and safety of this vehicle, and are quoted as saying they feel their children are safe, and everybody is comfortable. They applaud the smooth, quiet ride which is nice when the baby in the back is sleeping.
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Benz created this model given that they were experiencing intense pressure from Infiniti and Lexus, which led to adding more features and options as to set the 350 apart from the rest and to justify the higher price. Now, whether or not it was justified is another story. The 350 was even to feature air suspension as an option, but Mercedes was still perfecting the technology and chose to launch air-suspension in the next generation S-Class. This turned out to be a good move, as otherwise buyers would have been waiting for some time. The W220 S-Class superseded the 350 series S-Class in 1999 after an eight-year production run, and by the C215 CL-Class in 2000. This super crossover seems to be a great family mobile, and hopefully, Mercedes- Benz can come out with some other popular family mobiles in the future. Learn more about the crossover vehicle the Mercedes-Benz R 350 and receive car shipping estimates using our online rate calculator.<< Back to Vehicle Index