(4.3) 3 reviews
MSRP: $13,405$29,501
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 18-20
Engine: 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 6-7
2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Our Take on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Our Take

After being updated for 2011, the R-Class receives mostly minor changes for 2012. Its three rows of seats accommodate six occupants, but an optional second-row bench can take the place of two captain's chairs, increasing the count to seven. Though Mercedes has bulkier SUVs, the R-Class cros... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Mileage with gas engine
  • Vinyl upholstery is standard
  • Many basic features are options

Notable Features

  • Updated last year
  • Seats six or seven
  • Gas or diesel engines
  • Standard all-wheel drive


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in January 2011 about the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R350 Bluetec. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. As family-haulers go, the Mercedes-Benz R350 Bluetec is a nice rig — perhaps too nice for the sippy-cup-and-Cheerios ga... Read full review for the 2012 Mercedes Benz R Class

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 3 reviews

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I love this car!

by Kmd1984 from on April 8, 2017

I have been looking to get one of these for a while now. Since they have been discontinued 2012, they are somewhat hard to find. Especially if you want a 2012 one. Anyhow, I believe this car looks sli... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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