When you compair the R Class to other cross-overs, mini-vans, etc in the market its true value and style is MB best kept secret. As a new owner of a 2007 R350 (escaped the 2 year major depreciation) and having just driven a vacation trip to Florida for 20 hours with two kids and a fully loaded R350, we could not ask for a better touring vehicle. The ride was comfortable, quiet (minus kids) and achieved 24mpg. It proved itself worthy by handling a very heary rain storm without any stability issues (this thing is a tank). As this is our first R-Class we were concerned about the storage area for travel (wife does not pack lite) and we were very surprised by the amount of room remained after packing everything, I was adding kids toys and scooters just for the fun of it and had room to spare. I don't know what other vehicle we could have purchased with the comfort, security, and achieve 24mpg. The style is in the eye of the beholder but at least it doesn't look like a mini-van, we enjoy the styling as its different than most. For us it is a great purchase. We also own a C-Class.