Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranks 1 out of 15 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 30 published reviews and test drives of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Balanced performance, an ultra-luxurious interior and great safety and reliability ratings make the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a top choice among luxury cars.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available with a myriad of engines choices, and test drivers say that even the base V6 provides plenty of power. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard. The EPA says that the base E350 sedan gets 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Still, less powerful rivals like the BMW 528i earn better ratings. While many reviewers write that the E-Class doesn’t offer the sportiest handling in the class, they also say that few cars can match its combination of composed handling and a comfortable ride.
The Mercedese-Benz E-Class is the 2013 Best Luxury Full Size Car for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
Test drivers praise the E-Class for its clean and elegant interior styling, noting that the cabin is exceptionally-constructed with high-quality materials. Whether you choose a sedan, Coupe or Cabriolet (convertible), reviewers say that the E-Class features comfortable and supportive front seats that offer ample head- and legroom. The E-Class sedan also features a spacious and comfortable back seat, though some auto writers note that there’s less space in Coupe and Cabriolet models. The E-Class’ COMAND infotainment system is generally considered easier to use than the systems in Audi and BMW vehicles, though one test driver says that COMAND still takes some time to master. The 2013 E-Class comes standard with a sunroof and a stereo that features Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a six-disc CD changer, HD Radio and a 7-inch display. Options and features available on higher trims include a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power trunk lid, a power rear sunshade, navigation, an iPod interface, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system.
- "Year after year, the Mercedes Benz E-Class exemplifies excellence, regularly ranking at the top of our midsize luxury car list. It's a benchmark for refined ride quality, confident handling, meticulous craftsmanship, clever innovation and sophisticated comfort." -- Edmunds
- "Be it the hybrid or the diesel or the high-performance AMG, you won't find a more complete luxury car model line than is provided by the 2013 E-Class." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC is comfortable and fast, with a nice Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system. Which on a long commute from Chicago to Schaumburg is our idea of pathetic fun." -- Chicago Tribune
- "Though base prices look attractive, costly option packages quickly inflate the bottom line." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say that the Audi A7 has a beautiful interior that’s built with premium materials, and they love its powerful supercharged V6 engine. Additionally, the A7 offers more cargo space and standard all-wheel drive.
The Infiniti M comes with more standard features than the E-Class, and test drivers say that its tech features are easy to use. While some critics write that the M’s ride is a little firm, they love its powerful engine choices and athletic handling.
Details: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan seats five and comes with rear-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is also available in Coupe and Cabriolet (convertible) body styles, and as the E-Class Wagon. A number of trims are available, which range from the base E350 sedan to the high-performance E63 AMG. Each trim provides engine upgrades and adds to the E-Class’ list of standard features. For 2013, the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet gain standard heated front seats, and all-wheel drive is now available on the E350 Coupe. Mercedes has also introduced the 2013 E400 Hybrid, which is reviewed separately. Aside from these updates, the E-Class lineup is basically unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010 through the current model year.
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