Used Car: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class impressed reviewers with its luxurious interior, comfortable ride and ample power from its broad range of engines, and it has an excellent reliability rating.
Reviewers wrote that the base 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350’s V6 engine provides ample power. They added that the E350 BlueTec, which has a turbodiesel V6, feels very strong on the highway, and the V8-powered E550 and E63 AMG models offer stunning acceleration. A hybrid model is also available. The E-Class comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. The base 2013 E350 gets an EPA-estimated 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is above average for a six-cylinder luxury car. The E350 BlueTec gets 22/32 and the E400 Hybrid gets 24/30, which are good fuel economy ratings for the class. Though auto writers noted that several rivals, including the 2013 BMW 5-Series, offer a livelier driving experience, many wrote that the E-Class’ combination of handling composure and ride comfort is second to none. Some reviewers felt that the E-Class’ steering could be more responsive, but they appreciated its powerful brakes.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon body styles. According to automotive journalists, they all feature elegant interiors with first-rate materials. Critics said that the E-Class’ capacious front seats offer long-distance comfort. They added that the sedan's rear seats are quite roomy, and most reviewers were impressed with the E-Class’ 15.9-cubic-foot-trunk. The E-Class wagon has 57.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. Standard features in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan include a sunroof, Bluetooth, a driver drowsiness monitor and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, which is operated via a 7-inch display and a console-mounted control knob. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, a panoramic moonroof, a rearview camera, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, night vision with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a power trunk lid, an iPod interface, satellite radio and a rear-seat entertainment system. Though it took test drivers some time to learn how to use the COMAND system, they still thought it was easier to use than the systems in Audi and BMW vehicles.
Other Cars to Consider
Test drivers wrote that the 2013 Audi A6 has sportier handling than the E-Class but is still quite comfortable. The base A6 also gets better gas mileage than any E-Class, including the hybrid.
Most auto writers agreed that the 2013 Lexus GS offers agile handling and a comfortable ride. Like the E-Class, the GS has a superb reliability rating for the class.