The 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 crossover SUV has two models depending on which kind of engine you want. Both are powerful and suitable for various driving conditions. A lot of reviews say that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 with 3.0liter BlueTEC engine is more favorable than the R350 with the 4MATIC engine, since the former offers far better fuel economy. It is interior quality that the Mercedes-Benz is known for, and of course the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 is no exception. It is particularly positively regarded in many reviews as most crossover SUVs on the market right now cannot compete with the comfortable and spacious interiors of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350. Featured in the R350's interiors are high-tech systems that aim to provide entertainment.
Other crossover SUVs that compete with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 right now are the 2012 Lincoln MKT and 2012 Porsche Cayenne. Based on our review, although both the Lincoln MKT and Porsche Cayenne give a better performance, the R-Class R350's reliability, interior design and features, and long list of safety features are superior to the competitors. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 is, however, an expensive beast. At almost $10,000 more than the Lincoln MKT, currently priced at $44,300 for the base model, it's not a cheap upgrade. The R350 also costs more than $5,000 compared to the 2012 Porsche Cayenne. Additional packages that you may one to acquire for your base model SUV still adds up in your total bill which is true for all the car models we have mentioned. Reviews also point out that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350's is somewhat ugly compared to the competition, more reminiscent of a minivan than a sporty crossover.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 BlueTEC can run 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 4MATIC, on the other hand, only runs 16 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway. Both versions are superior to the Porsche Cayenne, which only gets 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway based on our reviews. The Lincoln MKT is better than the R350 4MATIC in terms of fuel economy however, running 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. As a result, what advantages the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 does hold over the competition seem negligible. Based on our reviews, the three cars are on a similar level which makes the Mercedes-Benz R-Class a tougher sell.