Invincible feel at top speed; variety of engines and body styles; plenty of technology
Pricey options; dull dashboard design
The E400 Hybrid and the regular E63 AMG are no more. The top-spec AMG E63 S sedan and wagon are the only high-performance models. Garmin MAP PILOT is now standard in cars with navigation. And gray metallic paint is a new option. See the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models for sale near you
You could wait for the new generation of E-Class, but you might actually prefer to get the last of this generation with all the wrinkles ironed out. Since there are so many variants, the version to choose is really up to you. It's ridiculous to recommend the diesel sedan if you want a high-speed convertible. One thing is certain: The E-Class cars are among the best cars on the planet. Find a Mercedes-Benz E-Class for sale
The lineup starts with the E250 BlueTEC ($53,575) and E350 ($54,025) sedans, which come in both Luxury and Sport trim for the same price. The Luxury trim has a grille topped by a 3-pointed star ornament, while the Sport trim gets a firmer suspension and a different grille with a large star emblem set into it.
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 (which is actually better than it sounds), Bluetooth, an infotainment system with real buttons and an 8-speaker audio system with USB connectivity.
The E350 is also available as an all-wheel-drive wagon ($60,825).
The E400 sedan ($64,025) is Sport-trim-only, and standard equipment includes power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery, navigation and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
For the most part, the 4-seater E400 coupe ($55,125) and E400 convertible ($63,175) share the sedan equivalent's features.
The E550 coupe ($61,225) and E550 convertible ($69,625) step up to extras such as 18-inch AMG wheels and adaptive suspensions.
Offered as either a sedan ($102,625) or wagon ($105,225), the AMG E63 S 4MATIC receives extensive styling and performance upgrades (including a limited-slip differential) to complement its wild twin-turbo V8 and sport-tuned suspension.
The E-Class generally seems to offer more options than any other car on the market. Highlights (depending on the model and style) include a panoramic sunroof, an automated parking system, neck-level heating vents, kidney-vibrating Bang & Olufsen audio, sport front seats and carbon-ceramic brake discs.
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2016 Audi A6 -- The A6 offers serious competition with its sleek exterior, refined cabin and athletic driving character.
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2016 Jaguar XF -- The XF is a new generation for 2016. It's supple, smooth and supercharged.
2016 Lexus GS -- The GS makes a compelling case against the German establishment by providing a surprisingly rewarding drive while maintaining that Lexus-signature smooth ride.