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2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2013 Audi A6
   
E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Luxury Sedan
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  • E350 Luxury BlueTEC Sedan
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Prices

MSRP $50,490 $42,200  
Invoice $46,956 $39,246
Avg. Paid $32,742 $35,090

U.S. News Scores

Overall 9.0 8.6  
Critics' Rating 9.2 9.1
Performance 8.4 8.2
Interior 8.4 8.3
Operating Cost 7.3 7.5
Safety 10.0 10.0
Reliability 5.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Exceptional reliability rating
  • Lavish interior
  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Spacious rear seat
  • Excellent fuel economy with base engine
  • Gorgeous, well-built interior
 
Cons
  • Not as sporty as some rivals
  • Smaller trunk than rivals

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/213 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 20 City / 30 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Sedan  

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 113.1 114.600  
Length, Overall (in) 191.7 193.900
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.9 73.800
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 57.800

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard  
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4045 3726  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Optional
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional
Keyless Start Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 97.200
Front Head Room (in) 37.9 37.200
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.300
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.8 57.500
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 37.800
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8 37.400
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 56.300
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.9 14.100

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard

Seats

Leather Seats Optional Standard  
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Night Vision Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard  
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Displacement 3.5L/213 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 302 @ 6500 211 @ 4300 - 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 273 @ 3500-5250 258 @ 1500
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Turning diameter 36.2 39.000

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.5 19.800

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.