The three-row R-Class has a comfortable and quiet ride, with secure handling. A 3.5-liter V6 and a turbodiesel are the only engines. The seven-speed automatic sometimes hesitates to downshift. There is room for six or seven passengers, cabin access is very easy, and the interior is flexible, but the long rear doors are awkward in tight parking spaces. The third-row seats are tight. Fit and finish is excellent, but some controls are confusing. IIHS crash-test results are excellent.
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