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2013 BMW 5-Series 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
     
Sedan
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  • Wagon
  • Wagon
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E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Sport Sedan
  • E350 Luxury BlueTEC Sedan
  • E350 Sport BlueTEC Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • E550 4MATIC Sport Sedan
E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Luxury Sedan
  • E350 Sport Sedan
  • E350 Coupe
  • E350 BlueTEC Luxury Sedan
  • E350 BlueTEC Sport Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Coupe
  • E400 Sport Sedan
  • E350 4MATIC Luxury Wagon
  • E350 4MATIC Sport Wagon
  • E550 Coupe
  • E350 Cabriolet
  • E550 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • E550 Cabriolet
  • E63 AMG Sedan
  • E63 AMG Wagon

Prices

MSRP $47,800 $50,490 $51,000
Invoice $43,975 $46,956 $47,430
Avg. Paid N/A $32,742 $38,192

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 9.0 8.8
Critics' Rating 8.2 9.2 9.1
Performance 8.3 8.4 8.4
Interior 7.8 8.4 8.3
Safety 9.6 10.0 10.0
Reliability 3.5 5.0 4.5
Operating Cost N/A 7.3 7.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Functional, upscale cabin
  • Numerous engine options
  • Excellent safety score
  • Exceptional reliability rating
  • Lavish interior
  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Spacious rear seat
  • Powerful engines
  • Comfortable, composed ride
  • Strong reliability rating
Cons
  • Small trunk in 5-Series sedan
  • Options packages are pricey
  • Not as sporty as some rivals
  • Not as nimble as some rivals

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 24 City / 34 Hwy 20 City / 30 Hwy 20 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 116.850 113.1 113.2
Length, Overall (in) 192.874 191.7 191.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.228 75.9 73.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.637 57.7 58.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3714 4045 3825

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

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

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 100.5 - TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 37.9 37.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 41.3 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 57.8 57.8
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 38.0 38.2 38.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36.1 35.8 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.2 56.9 56.9
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 18.363 15.9 15.9

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

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

Safety

Airbags

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

Brakes

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

Safety Features

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 2.0L/122 3.5L/213 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 245 @ 5000-6500 302 @ 6500 302 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 258 @ 1250-4800 273 @ 3500-5250 273 @ 3500-5250
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter 39.206 36.2 36.9

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 30 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.492 23.5 21.1

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional
Suspension Type - Front Control Arm Independent 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear Integral-V Multi-Arm Multi-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
8-Speed Automatic 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.