THE BAD 8 SUPERSIZE – Part VIII

MERCEDES-BENZ R-CLASS
Before I mock anybody whose weight has ballooned rapidly, I am reminded that thyroid issues – sometimes genetic trademarks – can do nasty things to a body. One mustn’t always blame so-and-so’s comfort food. 
Alas, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class has no thyroid and thus, no thryroid issues. It’s just plain fat. Prepare yourself for the scales: R-Class curb weights start at 4,940 pounds and rise to at least 5,092. Forgiveness may be found for excess German girth – the GL-Class certainly deserves it – but this undefinable crossover/van/wagon should be much closer to 4K than 5K. 
R-Class fuel economy can be as poor as 15mpg in the city, says the EPA. Ride and handling are far from anything worth writing home about. Despite what may at first glance appear to be van proportions, a lack of sliding doors permits no van practicality. 
Besides, the R-Class is ugly. Awfully, terribly, woefully ugly.
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Alternatives: Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Honda Odyssey, Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon, Winnebago
Necessary Incentivizing To Switch To The Good 12 Supersize: $27,421 off the MSRP
Anything Else? Find me the purpose of the R-Class and by the 2010 Bad 8 Supersize, that purpose will probably be enough to shed this awful disaward from its reputation.