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Original MSRP: $48,600 - $58,800
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers a satisfying driving experience and luxurious interior. That, along with its excellent reliability and safety ratings, make it one of the best used large luxury sedans you can buy.  

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Redesigned for 2010, reviewers said Mercedes-Benz improved the E-Class’ performance over previous models. When it was new, reviewers praised the E-Class for its balance of power, comfortable ride and sporty handling. The E-Class sedan is available in E350 and E550 trims, which come with V6 and V8 engines, respectively. If you are seeking optimal power, reviewers agreed that the E550 is your best bet.

To compete with sportier cars like the 2010 BMW 5-Series and 2010 Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz retuned the E-Class’ suspension for more athletic handling. Still, most reviewers agreed the E-Class doesn’t quite match the handling abilities of those cars. Rather, the E-Class strikes the balance between a smooth ride and agility. The E350 gets 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is slightly better than average for the class. All-wheel drive models and the E550 get slightly lower estimates.

All E-Class sedans come with a sunroof, power front seats, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system. Optional features were bundled into packages when the E-Class was new, and include a sport-tuned suspension, navigation, a backup camera, heated and ventilated front seats, push-button start, parking sensors and an upgraded stereo. Safety options included adaptive cruise control, as well as blind-spot and lane departure warning systems.

Reviewers felt that the E-Class’ luxurious cabin was nearly unmatched when it was new. With the redesign, the E-Class combines technology and old-world luxury. Reviewers were impressed with the E-Class’ comfortable front and rear seats, giving particular praise to the available multi-contour seats, which offer seemingly infinite levels of adjustment, as well as a massage feature and heating and ventilation. Like BMW’s iDrive, reviewers generally thought the COMAND infotainment system requires some time to master. The E-Class also offers 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the class.  

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 BMW 5-Series is mostly geared toward the driving enthusiast looking for superior performance in a large luxury sedan. While they get comparable fuel economy, the E-Class has a more refined interior, better reliability rating and better safety scores. Still, the 5-Series is worth a look simply for the driving experience.

The 2010 Lexus GS offers satisfying performance and good reliability. The GS earns slightly better fuel economy ratings than the E-Class, but its safety scores aren’t as good. Reviewers generally preferred the E-Class’ interior, but the GS offers just as many drivetrain configurations with V6 or V8 engines, as well as all-wheel drive.

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