2012 Mercedes R350 BlueTEC Diesel People Mover: Review Roundup

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Shopping for a 2012 clean diesel car and thinking about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC crossover diesel? Here’s a summary of major reviews of the vehicle to help you decide. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom if you have questions, or something to add!

It is the diesel turbo engine of the Mercedes R350 that excites consumers. The 3.0 liter turbodiesel V6 engine generates 210 horsepower and the vehicle has a maximum towing capacity of 3500 lbs. It gets 18 MPG city and 23 MPG highway. MSRP is $53,840.

Kelly Blue Book — 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Review

Kelley Blue Book starts out with a comment on the design of the vehicle:  “It’s definitely not a minivan nor is it really a crossover (even though that’s what Mercedes-Benz calls it). Rather, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class has staked its territory as a no-nonsense rolling monument to practicality.” They like the diesel engine, noting: “the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC is quick enough to keep you from lamenting the diesel engine…. This great engine proves the viability of the right diesel in the right machine.” Continue reading “2012 Mercedes R350 BlueTEC Diesel People Mover: Review Roundup”

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC Diesel: Review Roundup

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Shopping for a 2012 clean diesel SUV and thinking about the Mercedes ML350 BlueTEC? Here’s a summary of major reviews of the vehicle to help you decide. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom if you have questions, or something to add!

The Mercedes-Benz ML350 M-Class SUV has been redesigned for 2012. Under its hood is a redesigned 3.0 liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine that generates 240 horsepower — that’s an increase of 30 horses from the previous model. The redesigned ML350 is about 1-inch longer and half an inch wider than the previous model. Cargo space measures  7 cubic feet more than before. It features 4MATIC all-wheel drive and gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. Base price for the diesel is about $50,490.

Car and Driver – 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-class ML350 BlueTEC

C&D discusses much-needed changes including a repositioning of the turn signal/wiper stalk and the cruise control command. Still, they complained that “you’ll still find yourself flicking at the column-mounted gear selector whenever you desire wipers. It’s annoying.” Continue reading “2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC Diesel: Review Roundup”

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC Diesel SUV: Review Roundup

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Shopping for a 2012 clean diesel SUV and thinking about the Mercedez GL350 in a clean diesel BlueTec model? Here’s a round up of major reviews of the vehicle to help you decide. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom if you have questions, or something to add!

Some may think that the 2012 Mercedes GL 350 BlueTEC Diesel may be getting a little old. After all, the design was unveiled in 2006. Back then, Mercedes specifically designed the vehicle for the American market. Since then, diesel options have become more widely available on the U.S. market, and the result is that Americans are beginning to view a diesel engine is a good alternative to gasoline. The GL350 boasts a 3.0 liter V-6 turbocharged diesel engine. It is the turbocharged aspect that makes the diesel a lot more efficient. The EPA estimates fuel economy to be 17 MPG city/21 MPG highway and Mercedes claims that the vehicle goes from 0 to 60 in 9.4 seconds. MSRP is $61,570. Here is a quick summary of reviews of the GL350 diesel:

Forbes.com – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC Test Drive and Review: A Hug for Diesel

An article published by Forbes points out that “Europeans have long embraced diesel-powered passenger cars. Diesel fuel requires less refining than gasoline. Diesel packs more punch than gas — about 147,000 BTU per gallon for diesel versus 125,000 BTU per gallon for gas. And diesel puts off less CO2, CO and hydrocarbons than gas.” However, it also noted that there are downsides.  “Burning diesel versus gas results in higher levels of nitrogen compounds and soot, both of which can be very harmful to human health. Because of increased demand, diesel has lost its price advantage over gasoline in the past few years.” Still, “clean” diesel and hybrid engines are considered a better alternative than gasoline as far as the environment is concerned. Continue reading “2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC Diesel SUV: Review Roundup”

2011 Mercedes E350 BlueTEC Diesel: Review Roundup

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Mercedes’s E350 BlueTEC attempts to revive diesel cars in America, with the German automaker’s trademark mix of luxury and performance. Let’s break down what’s been said about the E350.

 

MotorTrend – First Test: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Bluetec

MotorTrend says “the E350 Bluetec is not a blast to drive, period,” adding “In fact, the driving experience is actually quite dull.” They say that the motor noise is quite loud, compared to other modern diesels, although the cabin does a good job at dampening the noise. The shifts are quiet, as well.

Regarding performance, MotorTrend says: “Acceleration is lackluster, with the 210-horsepower, 400-pound-foot turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 needing 7.5 seconds to get the 4167-pound sedan to 60 mph and 15.6 seconds to get it through the quarter mile. The brakes… are fairly middle of the road as well, with 60-0 mph requiring 128 feet. Handling? That’s middling too.” Continue reading “2011 Mercedes E350 BlueTEC Diesel: Review Roundup”