BASE PRICE RANGE: $48,600-$50,100*
WHAT'S NEW: Limited changes. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the R320 BlueTEC is now the R350. Besides a new name, the BlueTEC gains, as standard, chrome trim, blue-tinted glass, and darkened tail lenses. The R350 4Matic gets 19-in. wheels, privacy glass, and the darker tail lenses. As with other M-Bs, all models get a new leather steering wheel.
BEST BUY: While the R350 BlueTEC costs some $1500 more, its better fuel economy and greater low-end grunt make it the perfect team hauler.
SUM UP: FOR THE MINIVAN PHOBIC.
| 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class |
| Base engine || 3.5L/268-hp DOHC V-6 |
| Optional engine || 3.0L/210-hp t-diesel DOHC V-6 |
| Drivetrain || Front engine, AWD, 7A |
| 0-60 mph || 8.0-8.6 sec |
| Seats/foldaway || 6-7/none |
| EPA city/hwy fuel econ || 15-18/19-24 mpg |
| Basic warranty || 4 yrs/50,000 miles |
| Safety || ABS: S; Trac: S; Stab: S; Airbags: 8 |
| Estimated * |