Other luxury sedans may give you more glitz and glitter, but the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 is all about class. It doesn't draw too much attention to itself, but it's got that sense of occasion that only Mercedes can provide. And with its numerous upgrades this year, the E350 easily stays competitive. Here are five reasons why the E350 is a winner. 

1. Timelessly Tasteful Styling

Updated for 2014 with new headlights and smoother body panels, the E350 is one of those cars that will never look dated. It's got classic rear-wheel-drive proportions with a short front overhang, and that 3-pointed star on the grille will look just as imposing 10 years from now. If you want to tell the world you've got good taste, the E350 speaks volumes. 

2. Strong Yet Efficient V6 Power

The E350 comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 302 horsepower. It's just the right amount of power for this car. Passing slow-moving traffic is a breeze, and the V6 never feels like it's working hard. It won't kill you at the gas pump, either; the Environmental Protection Agency rates the E350 at 30 miles per gallon highway. Plus, keep in mind that there's a new overachieving turbodiesel engine with superior fuel economy in the E250 Bluetec. 

3. Regal Ride Quality

Mercedes is famous for its smooth, solid ride quality, and the E350 doesn't disappoint. This car cruises the highway like a high-speed luxury train. Road noise is kept to a minimum, and the supple suspension would win praise at twice the price. If you do a lot of long-distance driving, the E350 will have you looking forward to every trip. 

4. Advanced Safety Features

Mercedes is justly proud of its safety record, and the E350 carries on that tradition. With up to nine airbags, Steering Assist to keep you in your lane and front and rear radar-based collision-avoidance systems, the E350 is one of the safest cars on the road. The self-driving car isn't too far off, and this E-Class shows the safety benefits of letting computers take the helm when necessary. 

5. User-Friendly Infotainment

So many infotainment systems are needlessly complicated these days, but the E350's COMAND interface is one of our favorites. The menu structure just makes sense, and the control knob on the center console is the perfect tool for navigating through it. You don't need an engineering degree to enjoy this system, and that's progress. 

AutoTrader Says

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan is basically good at everything, and it's classier than just about anything on the road. Particularly given its plentiful revisions, the E350 is a must-drive if you're shopping for a luxury sedan.

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Josh Sadlier is an automotive journalist based in Los Angeles and has contributed to such publications as Edmunds.com and DriverSide.com. He holds arguably the most unexpected degree in his profession: a master's in Theological Studies.

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