Available as sedan or wagon, the E350 carries a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower, the most conventional engine in the lineup. Its seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is shared with other E-Class models. All-wheel drive comes standard on the wagon and is optional on sedans. The wagon is equipped with pop-up rear-facing seats in the cargo area for seven-passenger capacity in a pinch -- a feature you can't find elsewhere these days.
Every E350 gets an adaptive suspension, a sunroof, a driver alertness monitor, a collision mitigation system, 14-way power front seats with driver memory, LED exterior lighting, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer. The wagon adds a power liftgate to the mix. Interiors are finished in your choice of wood trim and MB-Tex (leatherette) upholstery. Two grades of genuine leather are available.
The E350 comes in two basic trims, both of which have the same price:
Luxury: Wears a traditional Mercedes-Benz grille and a stand-up hood ornament, plus 17-inch alloy wheels.
Sport: Gets a two-bar grille, a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels and aluminum pedals.
Several option packages are available on all models. The Premium package furnishes a navigation system, heated front seats, digital audio storage, power-folding mirrors, a power rear sunshade and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system with satellite radio. Adaptive headlamps and automatic high-beam control come with the Lighting package.
There's a Parking Assist package featuring a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and automated parallel parking assist. You might also go for the Keyless Go package, which provides keyless ignition and access, including a hands-free power trunk lid or tailgate.
The Lane Tracking package adds blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. You can go a step further and get the Driver Assistance package, which adds active steering assists, rear cross-traffic alert, collision-mitigation braking and adaptive cruise control.
Available as standalone options are ventilated front seats, a massaging driver seat, a rear entertainment system with dual screens, a panoramic sunroof and a steering wheel with wood trim or heat.
Unless you have a personal aversion to animal hides, springing for the leather upholstery seems almost mandatory in a car like this. We consider the Premium package to be rather essential too, followed by the safety tech packages.
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