Invincible feel at speed; many different engines and body styles; plenty of technology features
Pricey options; boring dashboard design
Every E-Class is a car to be proud of. We appreciate the E250 BlueTEC for its reasonable price and outstanding fuel economy, but you really can't go wrong with any member of this family. Find a Mercedes-Benz E-Class for sale
The E-Class lineup starts with the 4-door E250 BlueTEC ($52,725) and E350 ($53,225) models, which can be had in either Luxury or Sport trim for the same price. The Luxury comes with a traditional grille topped by a 3-pointed star ornament, while the Sport gets a firmer suspension and a different grille with a large star set in the middle. All models in this group offer standard features such as LED headlights and taillights, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, a power-adjustable steering wheel, power front seats with memory, synthetic leather upholstery, Bluetooth, the COMAND infotainment system with a knob-based control layout and an 8-speaker audio system with USB connectivity.
Note that the E350 is available as both a sedan and a wagon, but the E250 is only offered as a sedan.
The E400 Hybrid ($59,645) is offered as a sedan in the Sport trim, with most of the same features as the lower-priced models.
Similarly, the E400 sedan ($63,275) is Sport-only, and it includes standard pleasantries such as power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery, a navigation system and 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio.
The E400 coupe and convertible largely share the sedan's features.
The E550 coupe ($60,325) and E550 convertible ($69,545) step up to such perks as 18-inch AMG wheels and an adaptive suspension.
Finally, the E63 AMG ($94,525), offered as either a sedan or a wagon, gets all manner of styling and performance upgrades to complement its fire-breathing twin-turbo V8. The E63 AMG S-Model ($101,525) throws in extra power and torque along with a limited-slip differential.
As for options, the E-Class seems to offer more of them than any other car on the market. Highlights, depending on model and style, include a panoramic sunroof, neck-level heating vents, ear-splitting Bang & Olufsen audio, sport front seats and carbon-ceramic brakes.
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2015 Audi A6 -- The midsize luxury sedan from Ingolstadt offers serious competition with its sleek cabin treatment and athletic driving character.
2015 BMW 5 Series -- Once a paragon of sport-sedan responsiveness, the 5 Series has shifted its focus toward a cushier, Lexus-like ride. Nonetheless, it still feels like a BMW when you're not lead-footing it, and its luxury quotient is off the charts.
2015 Lexus GS -- This Japanese entrant makes compelling case for itself against the German establishment, providing a surprisingly rewarding driver experience while maintaining that Lexus's signature smooth ride.
Used Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class -- The stylish CLS, marketed as a 4-door coupe, can be had in certified pre-owned form for a fraction of its original price, making it a viable alternative to the relatively staid E-Class.