3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350

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MPG 19 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Many standard safety features
  • Refined and luxurious interior
  • Powerful engine options
  • Smooth ride
  • Lots of trunk space
Cons
  • Poor to moderate fuel economy
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The E-Class didn't officially arrive in Mercedes-Benz's lineup until 1986, but its roots stem, way back to the 1953 model year W120 debuted. As the years have worn on, the E-Class has morphed itself into one of the most beautiful and eclectic lineups in the luxury automobile realm.

Introduction

For the 2013 model year, Mercedes-Benz has essentially carried the E350 over from 2012 with only minimal changes. The only change of any significance is the addition of a 4MATIC package, which fits the 2013 E350 with a capable all-wheel-drive system that also includes electronic stability control and traction control. The E350 offers customers a wide range of body styles to choose from, as it is available as a sedan, coupe, convertible or a wagon.

There is only one trim level available for the E350 and that is the Base level, but and it carries a base MSRP of $51,000 for the sedan, $51,120 for the coupe, $57,700 for the wagon and $59,070 for the cabriolet model. The E-Class sits just above the entry-level C-Class in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, giving Benz buyers a premier midsize sedan, coupe, convertible3or wagon to choose from that also offers up a touch of performance with its powerful V-6 engine.

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In terms of competition, the E-Class has plenty to deal with in the Luxury car world. First up is its arch nemesis, the 2013 BMW 535i Sedan, which can be had for $53,100, and its all-wheel-drive variant, the 535i xDrive, which runs $55,400. Another formidable foe is the 2013 Cadillac CTS, which can be had in a coupe format for $38,905, a sedan body for $39,095 or a wagon body style for $39,205. Another key competitor to the E350 is the Lexus GS350, which only comes as a sedan body style and carries a $46,900 ticket.

Midsize luxury cars are really the bread and butter for many premium auto makers, as they offer up a nice balance of compact size and fuel economy with full-size features and roominess. This means that the 2013 E350 has plenty of work ahead of it.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E350
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2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 Base

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The 2013 E350 base comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 306 horsepower and links up to a standard seven-speed automatic transmission. In the wagon variant, it comes standard with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, but the sedan, coupe and cabriolet only offer it as an option. On the outside, the E350 comes with LED daytime running lights and taillights, 18-inch wheels in the coupe and cabriolet, and 17-inch wheels on the sedan and wagon. Ion the inside the E350 gets leather interior in the coupe and cabriolet and MB Tex interior in the sedan and wagon, 14-way power front seats with memory, dual-zone climate control, integrated garage door opener, 7-inch LCD screen with COMAND controller, Bluetooth integration, and 11-way airbag protection in all models except the cabriolet, which gets 9-way protection.

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