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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.
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.
Nearly as powerful, but no coupe of cabriolet variants and is more expensive.
All of the same body styles for less money, but underpowered in its base formant.
Significantly cheaper and just as luxurious, but only comes in a sedan body.
Equally luxurious and significantly less money, but poor brand pedigree.