• Great balance of sport/luxury
  • Tame top-down experience
  • Diesel available
  • Coupe has humble roots
  • High price of entry
  • Gasoline V-6 is thirsty
SUM UP An engine and body style for every taste.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for E-Class in 2013

The E350, the E550, and the E63 AMG received new powertrains for 2012, and all E-class models adopted a new steering wheel with standard shift paddles. The only change for 2013 is an upgrade to the second-generation telematics service, Mbrace2. There are rumors that Mercedes is rushing a redesign to address buyers’ cold reception of the E-class’s odd styling. Expect that car to arrive for the 2014 model year...more

Overview

The E-class range is so diverse that Mercedes could spin the vehicle line into its own car company. This mid-size E-class is available as a coupe, a convertible, a wagon, or a sedan with a choice of a V-6, a diesel V-6, two V-8s, and rear- or all-wheel drive. This is an unusually well-built vehicle with excellent safety and technology features, and the E-class has gained respect from enthusiast drivers. The ninth-generation E is the sportiest yet, with quick responses and precise steering. The base engine is a hearty, direct-injected V-6 that moves the E-class quickly without feeling taxed. Mercedes has an exclusive hold on diesel powertrains in this segment. Its V-6 is big on torque and frugal with fuel. The V-8-powered E550 can only be had as an all-wheel-drive sedan; the two-door coupes send power only to the rear wheels. The convertible and the coupe are based on the smaller C-class but feature most of the E’s technology. To minimize turbulent airflow and allow for top-down driving in cooler temperatures, the convertible comes with a deflector that rises from the windshield header and neck-warming air vents in the seats. The wagon is only available in two trims: an all-wheel-drive, six-cylinder E350 4Matic or a tire-shredding E63 AMG.

Safety

ABS; front, side, front pelvis, driver’s knee, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, swiveling headlights, night vision with pedestrian detection, parking sensors, and rear side air bags are optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-class

  • Audi A6
  • BMW 5-series
  • Infiniti M
  • Lexus GS

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2013 E-Class Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Memory
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Memory Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc Changer

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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