Traded in an 8 year old Odyssey and I believe this car is worth twice the $. Diesel engine is amazing, both for its frugality and drivability, coupled with the 7 speed trans it make the vehicle drive and perform flawlessly. The most comfortable car I've ridden in/driven so far. Reminds me most of the 80/90's S-Class cars that were very solid and were very comfortable for hours and hours of driving. Softer seats than in the 08 E class. Not sure if this model will make it. No one seems to buy them. Much nicer than an SUV. Materials are 1st Rate.
Whisper Quiet, Great mileage for 2 1/2 ton car (28 highway) Diesel Engine, Comfort, All Wheel Drive, Keyless Go, Side Mirrors fold. Ingress/Egress.
COMAND should be easier to use. iPod function/interface isn't great. Third row seats don't disappear into floor like Honda Should come with a cargo net.
Replaced GL450 (which I loved)with R350. Never realized driving would be so much fun. Mileage not great but 19 in town and 24 on the road with the second tankful! Handles very much like my wife's S500 and is just as comfortable and secure on the road. Without question it's the best; most reliable, nicest appointed and well engineered Mercedes I've had.
Bluetooth, voice activated navigation, phone and radio, comfort, room, handling, appearance...too good to list all that I like.
Please, please, please MBUSA allow default between "C" and "S" to be the last selected as it was in prior year models!!! I don't like having to select "S" each time I get in the car even though the mileage is better in "C".