2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
What it is: As close as you can get to a luxury minivan. Mercedes calls it a crossover. Call it what you want.
Cool features: A much-needed facelift gives this German people-mover a fresh, aggressive look. Standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive is a boon for spontaneous trips to the mountains. But we're most happy that the BlueTEC turbodiesel V6 is returning with its 400 lb.-ft. of torque and an estimated 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway.
Bottom line: Truly comfortable traveling for six (or seven) never looked so good.