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Original MSRP: $50,490 - $59,790
MPG: 20 City / 30 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

Review Last Updated: 7/1/14

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has an excellent reliability rating, and reviewers loved its spacious, first-class interior and powerful engine choices.

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Critics agreed that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350’s V6 engine provides ample power, while E550 models feature a twin-turbocharged V8 that’s stronger still. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard and all-wheel drive is available, depending on the trim. The base E350 gets an EPA-estimated 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is good for a six-cylinder luxury large car. However, the turbodiesel E350 BlueTec gets the best fuel economy in the model lineup, with 21/32 mpg city/highway. Though some rivals may be sportier overall, test drivers wrote that the E-Class provides a better combination of ride comfort and agile handling than many cars in the class. Some reviewers wished the E-Class’ steering was more responsive, but they said its brakes are strong and quick to respond.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available as a convertible, coupe, sedan or wagon. Automotive journalists noted that the E-Class has a quiet cabin that features top-notch materials and elegant styling. Critics said the E-Class’ front seats are comfortable and that it offers more back-seat space than most other luxury large cars. At 15.9 cubic feet, the E-Class’ trunk space is above average for the class. Standard features include a sunroof, leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker sound system and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, satellite radio, an iPod interface, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

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The Audi A6 was fully redesigned for 2012, and the base A6 gets great fuel economy for the class. Reviewers loved the A6’s agile handling, and they agreed that it has one of the highest-quality interiors in the class.

Like the E-Class, the 2012 Infiniti M is available with a powerful V8 engine and all-wheel drive. Critics appreciated the M’s poised handling and wrote that it has a stylish cabin that offers user-friendly tech features.

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