Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranks 1 out of 15 Luxury Midsize Cars.

The fully redesigned 2017 Mercedes E-Class sedan reshuffles the deck when it comes to midsize luxury cars. It’s flush with high-tech features, opulently styled, big on performance, but still comfy to cruise. Its coupe and cabriolet siblings are good, just not great. 

SEATING


4-7

MPG


17-22

  CITY


25-30

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


RWD, AWD

HP


241-402
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Pros & Cons

  • Refined performance
  • Swanky interior with comfortable seats
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Extensive active safety tech available 
  • Smaller trunk than most rivals
  • Below-average fuel economy

Notable for 2017

 

  • Fully redesigned sedan model

 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Rankings and Research

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Midsize Cars category. Currently the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a score of 9.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 9.1
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: 4_5

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

By Zachary Doell April 14, 2017

The fully redesigned 2017 Mercedes E-Class sedan reshuffles the deck when it comes to midsize luxury cars. It’s flush with high-tech features, opulently styled, big on performance, but still comfy to cruise. Its coupe and cabriolet siblings are good, just not great. 

Is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class a Good Car?

The 2017 Mercedes E-Class sedan attempts to be all things to all luxury car shoppers, and it succeeds. True to its heritage, it’s a silky smooth cruiser. The E-Class sedan’s adaptive suspension allows it to devour highway miles with ease in its comfort setting, and both its potent engines – a turbocharged four-cylinder and a V6 – have enough power to go around. Turn the dial to its sportiest mode, however, and the E-Class can hold its own on tight curvy roads. This is a car you’ll want to drive, or perhaps better – be driven in.

Thanks to a heavy dose of active safety features, the redesigned E-Class can practically drive itself. Who needs a chauffeur when your four-door can change lanes for you, keep you within the proper speed limit, and steer itself down the highway? Granted, the E-Class' autonomy is limited to short stints at a time (with your hands always on the wheel), but these interludes in driving are a welcome reprieve if you have a Los Angeles-like commute.

The E-Class is a technical tour de force in other ways too. Standard features include a huge 12.3-inch infotainment screen, satellite navigation, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. This high-tech gear complements an already luxuriously styled and detailed cabin. With this much technology and refinement, the E-Class truly feels like a scaled-down S-Class.

It’s not all frills, either. The 2017 E-Class sedan earns some of the best predicted reliability ratings in its class, and all those active safety features help the E-Class earn great safety scores too.

Now entering its tenth generation, the fully redesigned 2017 E-Class sedan is a rising star in the luxury midsize sedan class, setting the stage for its siblings that are due to follow. The 2017 E-Class coupe and cabriolet models soldier on relatively unchanged from 2016. Their full redesign is planned for 2018. While those models are still impressively well-built and comfy autobahn cruisers, they lack some of the new gadgets and style that the sedan has added to its repertoire.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2017 E-Class sedan may be pricey – it starts at $52,150 – but no other luxury midsize sedan can match the scope of its features, the poise of its balanced handling, or the refinement and comfort of its well-trimmed cabin. Surely, the E-Class sedan is an expensive car, but more importantly, it feels like one and delivers up to that price.

Its downfalls are few and far between, but if you’re looking to breeze by every gas station you pass, think again. The diesel engine found in last year’s E-Class model is no longer available, which means the greenest 2017 E-Class gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Good, not great. Another sour point is trunk space; you don’t get much of it – just 13.1 cubic feet. 

If these are concerns, and even if they aren’t, you may want to cross-shop some of the E-Class sedan’s competitors, including the Audi A6 ($47,600), Cadillac CTS ($45,560), Volvo S90 ($46,950), and Genesis G80 ($41,400). Each is a few thousand dollars less than the standard E-Class sedan. The A6 and CTS are the sportier two of these options, so if you’re looking for a thrilling drive, these are good bets. The S90 and G80 fit the bill as refined, upscale cruisers – both of which are exceptionally well-equipped too. The G80 even carries a long 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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How Much Does the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cost?

There are few constraints when it comes to E-Class configurations. For 2017, Mercedes offers the E-Class as a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, and a soft-top cabriolet, with wagon and high-performance AMG versions to follow later in the model year. Notably, the E-Class sedan models are fully redesigned, while the coupe and cabriolet carryover unchanged from 2016 (their full updates arrive in 2018). Features will differ between these models.

The 2017 E-Class sedan starts at $52,150 for the base E300 model (rear-wheel drive), which features a 241-horsepower four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. Upgrading to the all-wheel-drive E300 4Matic adds $2,500. Standard features include a 12.3-inch infotainment display, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, voice recognition, a sunroof, adaptive suspension, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and remote keyless entry. The Mercedes-AMG E43 sedan ($72,400) adds a 396-horsepower V6 and 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Mercedes offers plenty of ways to tailor your E-Class, with a variety of standalone options and three main packages. For a more in-depth look at the 2017 E-Class lineup and available features, take a look at the “Which Mercedes-Benz E-Class Model Is Right for Me?” section below.

The 2017 E-Class coupe and cabriolet models are available in E400 and E550 trims. Starting at $54,550, the E400 coupe houses a 329-horsepower V6 engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission, forward collision alert with automatic braking, a 7-inch infotainment display, and leather seats. The drop-top E400 cabriolet shares these features but at a higher $62,600 price. E400 coupes can add all-wheel drive for $2,500. The E550 coupe ($60,650) and E550 cabriolet ($69,100) get a more powerful 402-horsepower V8 engine. Most other standard features remain the same.

Pricing for the seven-seat 2017 E400 4Matic wagon has not been announced, however it shares its V6 engine with the E400 coupe and cabriolet models.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Audi A6?

The Audi A6 is often used as the poster child for what luxury and performance should look like in a luxury midsize sedan. Its standard 252-horsepower four-cylinder engine will please most spirited drivers without draining the gas tank quickly (it earns up to 24/34 mpg city/highway). Or you can choose the S6 model ($70,900), which packs a 450-horsepower V8 capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds.

Poster child or not, the E-Class strikes a nicer balance between cruising and corner carving than the somewhat stiff-riding Audi. Mercedes has also fired back with its hotter AMG E43 sedan ($72,400), which boasts 396 horsepower and can nearly match the S6’s launch to 60 mph. Game on.

The biggest differences between these two German sedans are equipment and price. If you’re on a tighter budget, the A6 is the better choice. It starts about $4,500 less than the cheapest E300 sedan and comes fairly well-equipped with a 7-inch infotainment screen, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. If you can drum up the extra cash, however, the E-Class provides a much wider array of standard and optional equipment. For the technophile, it’s worth it.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Cadillac CTS?

Though Mercedes-Benz models are typically compared alongside other German brands, the Cadillac CTS is one domestic rival that can trade punches with the luxe E-Class. The CTS is the much more affordable of the two, with a starting price of just $45,560, and like the E-Class, it can be saddled with a laundry list of high-tech convenience and safety features. Options include adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, parallel parking assist, a 360-degree camera, and a number of others. For the most part, the E-Class has an answer for all of them, and in some cases – a few answers. 

GM’s Magnetic Ride Control shock absorbers help give the CTS its cornering agility without losing its plush ride. The E-Class boasts an adaptive suspension as standard and provides an optional air suspension too. The CTS also falls a bit short for its interior quality. It’s good, but it can’t match the Mercedes’ opulent cabin. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system draws some ire as well for its sometimes cumbersome touch controls and awkward menus. 

Much like the A6, if you’re buying on a tighter budget or just want a sport-tuned luxury cruiser, the CTS is a whole lot of car for a good price. But if you do pony up the extra cash, you’re apt to find the E-Class’ many features and lavish interior worthwhile.

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E-Class Interior

How Many People Does the E-Class Seat?

The 2017 Mercedes E-Class sedan seats five, while the E-Class coupe and cabriolet models seat four. The sedan, in particular, offers generous cabin space and feels especially roomy thanks to its lower seating position. There’s an ample 36.2 inches of legroom in the back, making it comfy even for taller passengers, though rivals like the Audi A6 and Lexus GS are a tad roomier.

It's nearly impossible to sit in the front of an E-Class and not find just the right seating position. Standard power adjustments for both front seats go beyond the angle of the seatback and the distance from the dash. Occupants can also pick the right height of the headrest and length of the seat cushion and set the four-way power lumbar. You can save up to three profiles for each seat (along with the steering wheel and exterior mirror settings). Beyond their many adjustments, the seats are also supportive and well-cushioned. Massaging seats are optional.

E-Class and Car Seats

The E-Class sedan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for child safety seats located in the outboard rear seats. E-Class coupe and cabriolet models also have two complete sets of LATCH connectors at each of their rear seats.

E-Class Interior Quality

Calling the 2017 E-Class sedan a scaled-down S-Class may be a bit of a stretch, but from the inside it sure feels like one. The E-Class’ interior is flush with high-end walnut and ash trim and soft-touch plastics, and it’s finished with an exceptional attention to detail. Upholstery options start with synthetic leather but can be upgraded to the real deal. Regardless, both are plush and comfortable.

The sedan’s dashboard features a simple, elegant design that cascades down into the center stack –where you’ll find all your audio, climate, and COMAND infotainment controls. The true highlight of the cabin is Mercedes’ large 12.3-inch infotainment display, which not only works well but also looks exceptionally crisp. On base models the gauge cluster is full of analog dials, but these can be replaced with a second 12.3-inch screen. The two screens merge to create a high-resolution display that sweeps across two thirds of the dash.

The 2017 E-Class coupe and cabriolet models are still based on the previous E-Class generation. As a result, their cabins have begun to show their age, but remain upscale and feature-packed.

E-Class Cargo Space

If there is a wrinkle to the 2017 E-Class sedan, it’s cargo space. There isn’t much of it. The 2017 E300 provides 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a bit smaller than the Cadillac CTS and about a cubic foot down from the Audi A6. The Volvo S90, Lexus GS, and Genesis G80 all offer more room: 17.7, 18.4, and 15.3 cubic feet, respectively. You can create a little extra room inside the E-Class by folding the 40/20/40-split rear seats down. The E-Class coupe offers comparable trunk space with 13.3 cubic feet, though cabriolet models make do with 11.5 cubic feet (8.8 cubes when the top is stowed).

E-Class Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2017 E-Class sedan is a heavy-hitter when it comes to tech features. Take the infotainment system for instance, dubbed COMAND. Climate, audio, navigation, and more are displayed on a central 12.3-inch screen. This is controlled with a touchpad and selector knob in the center console area. You can also use your thumbs to swipe across small touchpads mounted on the steering wheel without moving your hands away from the helm. Like many interfaces, learning this setup takes a little time. But after that, the COMAND system becomes second nature and easy to use.

Attached at the hip to your smartphone? The E-Class also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which blend your phone’s functions and features with the car’s infotainment system. Both make it easy to quickly access your favorite apps, just as you would on an iPhone or Android. However, a number of competitors also support these systems, including the Volvo S90, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, and Genesis G80. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

If you’re really looking for luxury amenities you can browse the E-Class’ long options list for gear like the $1,100 Acoustic Comfort package (which reduces noise in the cabin) and a Burmester 3-D surround-sound system ($4,550). And to keep your cabin smelling fresh, Mercedes offers an air purification system and an in-cabin fragrance option.

The E-Class coupe and cabriolet’s interiors are also feature-dense, just not as luxe as their sedan sibling. You’ll find a smaller 7-inch display screen, a CD/DVD player, HD Radio, and mbrace connectivity (Mercedes’ telematics system). However, unlike the E-Class sedan, satellite navigation is an optional extra.

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E-Class Performance

E-Class Engine: Beauty and the Beast

Don't be deceived by the numbers. Yes, the 2017 E-Class sedan's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is smaller than the 3.5-liter V6 found in last year's model. And yes, the new engine also cranks out less power than the 2016 model (241 horsepower versus 302 horsepower). Nevertheless, its acceleration still feels plenty aggressive, (without relinquishing refinement), and the engine sound is satisfying. The nine-speed automatic transmission is similarly smooth, and its shifts are fast enough that you may not feel the need to use the shift paddles (mounted behind the steering wheel).

If the four-cylinder doesn't impress you, a commanding array of engine options are available, all with twin-turbocharged potency. A 329-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 is under the hood of the E400 coupe and cabriolet. It’s also found under the hood of the AMG E43 sedan, which offers a zestier 396 horsepower. The E550 coupe and E550 cabriolet get two extra cylinders, with a 4.7-liter V8 that cranks out 402 horsepower.

Rest assured, these are not pokey cars, though there is a bit of a disparity when it comes to the lineup’s performance as a whole. Pull up next to other high-ranking luxury midsize sedans, and the E-Class can hold its own off the line and through the curves. But more fun can be had from some competing coupes and convertibles.

A soft-topped Chevrolet Corvette, for example, is similarly priced at $59,400 and can smoke an E-Class on the drag strip or at a red light, with its 6.2-liter V8 delivering a heart-thumping 455 horsepower. That's a lot of muscle. If you want an athletic convertible with a European nameplate, the BMW 6 Series is a top contender. Pick from its available turbocharged six-cylinder or eight-cylinder engines, both of which deliver a refreshingly quick drive with the top down. There’s a catch though – it costs about $20,000 more than an E-Class cabriolet.

E-Class Gas Mileage: Good, Not Great

The 2017 E-Class sedan’s fuel efficiency is a little low for the class, even with its standard stop-start system and Eco driving mode. The E300 sedan is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. This estimate drops to 29 mpg on the highway with all-wheel drive. For greener luxury with a four-cylinder, look to the Audi A6 or Volvo S90 instead, which earn 24/34 and 23/34 mpg, respectively.

The Mercedes E400 coupe and cabriolet models are thirstier still. Both return 20/29 mpg, but the coupe dips to 20/28 when equipped with all-wheel drive. Eying the hot-hot AMG E43 sedan? It features a tuned version of this engine, but it delivers an even lower 18/25 mpg. The V6-powered A6 and Cadillac CTS can’t match the E43’s power, but both are more efficient: 21/29 and 20/30 mpg, respectively.

The E550 coupe delivers 18/26 mpg. Its cabriolet sibling drops both ratings by a point. The BMW 650i coupe and convertible trail closely with 17/24 mpg.

E-Class Ride and Handling: Soothing and Spirited

The 2017 E-Class sedan has two personalities, each waiting to emerge at the touch of a button. Set the E-Class to Comfort mode (one of five driving modes in the standard Dynamic Select), and you'll tune the throttle, brakes, and transmission to the gentlest calibration. The selective damping systems adjust each shock individually to soak up rough patches in the road. Add the available adaptive air suspension to further smooth out the pavement or adjust ride height.

Unleash the wild side of the E-Class by switching to Sport or Sport+ modes. Acceleration and shift points become more aggressive – in line with the Cadillac CTS and Audi A6. On twisty mountain roads, you'll keep your cool through the corners as the standard torque vectoring adjusts wheel speed to address potential understeer, and the optional power front seats (which include active bolstering) hold you snugly in place. In this mode, the suspension increases its firmness to improve grip, yet the E-Class still maintains its manners and keeps its ride from feeling harsh.

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E-Class Reliability

Is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliable?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a history of impressive reliability. J.D. Power and Associates give the 2017 E-Class a predicted reliability rating of four out of five, putting it among the most reliable cars on the market.

Comparatively, the Volvo S90 receives a three, the Audi A6 and Cadillac CTS earn a 3.5, while the Lexus GS leads the class with a perfect score of five.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Warranty

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile new car limited warranty.

This is par for the course for most luxury vehicles and is matched by the Audi A6 and Volvo S90. However, some rivals offer longer coverage. The Lexus GS and Cadillac CTS are covered with six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranties. The Genesis G80 offers an exceptional five-year/60,000-mile new car limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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E-Class Safety

E-Class Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration give the 2017 E-Class sedan a perfect score of five stars in all three crash tests (frontal, side, and rollover), resulting in a five-star overall crash test rating. Separately, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2017 E-Class coupe a score of Good (its highest rating) in all four of its crashworthiness categories.

These are great safety scores for the class, but a few competitors score high as well. The Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, and Genesis G80 sedans also receive five-star overall ratings from the NHTSA. The A6 and Volvo S90 are IIHS Top Safety Picks, while the G80 earns the higher Top Safety Pick+ designation.

E-Class Safety Features

Mercedes offers a wealth of safety equipment for the 2017 E-Class. Standard gear in both sedan and two-door models includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, drowsiness alert, and Pre-Safe (which prepares the vehicle for a frontal crash). The E-Class sedan also boasts standard car-to-X technology, which can communicate with other vehicles farther down the road and warn you of hazards, traffic jams, and accidents.

The E-Class’ optional safety equipment takes things much further, allowing the vehicle to actively monitor its surroundings, and adjust its speed and braking as needed. Distronic adaptive cruise control handles those duties while zipping along the freeway – slowing the car down if traffic gets tight – and for short stretches it can even manage the steering. The Active Lane Change feature allows you to signal which lane you’d like to merge into with your turn signal, and when it’s clear, the car will merge by itself.

You’ve heard of lane-keep and blind spot monitoring, right? The E-Class offers both, as well as “active” versions, which can brake individual wheels to quickly stop you from veering into another vehicle or off the road entirely. And in addition to the E-Class’ standard forward collision warning, Mercedes offers additional rear and cross traffic warning systems, as well. If you do get in an accident, the Pre-Safe Plus feature readies the car to brace for a rear impact, while the Pre-Safe Side system inflates the driver’s outer seat bolster, moving them closer toward the inside of the cabin.

The E-Class has you covered if you’re looking for a parking spot as well. Parking Pilot can scan a parking spot to see if it’s large enough to fit into, and if so, it can automatically parallel or perpendicular park the car within the spot. Add all of these options and the E-class becomes almost self-driving.

Mercedes doesn't include a standard rearview camera though, which is a bit unusual, but one is available. A 360-degree camera is also optional.

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Which Mercedes-Benz E-Class Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 E-Class may come in a variety of forms, but if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, the E300 sedan is the one to have. The 241-horsepower E300 starts at a fairly reasonable $52,150 – 4Matic all-wheel drive is a $2,500 option – and comes loaded with great features. You get satellite navigation, a big 12.3-inch infotainment display, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, Mercedes’ mbrace internet connectivity and Wi-Fi, an adaptive suspension, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

A number of options are available to turn the already tech-infused E-Class sedan into a nearly self-driving car as well. Three packages – ranging in price from $3,950 to $11,250 – add things like adaptive cruise control with full steering assist, a 360-degree camera, and the ability to safely change lanes with the touch of a button. Go with the most affordable package (the $3,950 Premium 1) for popular add-ons like blind spot monitoring, fully automatic parking assist, a hands-free trunk opener, a rearview camera, and heated front seats. Considering every 2017 E-Class sedan is dressed to the nines, that’s a lot of gear and luxury for $56,100.

Got your heart set on a new E-Class coupe or convertible? You may want to hold on for a few more months. These 2017 two-door models remain relatively unchanged and lack many of the features of the redesigned 2017 E-Class sedan. Don’t worry though, they’ll be fully redesigned for 2018.

Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan

The Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan, the base model, starts at $52,150 and packs a 2.0-liter engine (241 horsepower), a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Standard tech features include a 12.3-inch infotainment display with a touchpad and rotary controller, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, an mbrace app suite, Wi-Fi, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, distraction alert, car-to-X communication, and voice recognition. Convenience features include power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, remote keyless entry, push-button start, and a sunroof.

The E300 is equipped with an adaptive suspension as standard. An advanced air suspension is available for $1,900. The 4matic all-wheel-drive system can be added for $2,500.

A vast array of optional equipment is available – both as packages and standalone add-ons. Much of it can be found in three premium packages, starting with the $3,950 Premium 1 package. Its core features include heated front seats, a hands-free trunk opener, fully automatic parking assist, a rearview camera, a surround-sound stereo system, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and blind spot monitoring. The $7,650 Premium 2 package includes all those items plus massaging front seats, an air purification system, and adaptive headlights. For $11,250, the Premium 3 package gives you all of these features, plus adaptive cruise control with steering and lane change assists, a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, multiple automatic braking and collision avoidance systems, and more.

Mercedes-AMG E43 sedan

The Mercedes-AMG E43 sedan starts at $72,400, and it packs a 396-horsepower V6 engine, 4Matic all-wheel drive, plus all of the E300’s standard equipment, the Premium 1 package, air suspension, and an AMG-tuned exhaust.

Mercedes-Benz E400 coupe/cabriolet

The two-door Mercedes-Benz E400 coupe starts at $54,550, while the E400 cabriolet costs $62,600. Both feature a 329-horsepower V6, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional only in the coupe for $2,500. Standard features include a 7-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a DVD/CD player, HD Radio, mbrace apps, distraction alert, remote keyless entry, push-button start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and forward collision alert with automatic braking. Cabriolet models also add a soft top, a rear-wind deflector, and pop-up roll bars (deployed in an emergency).

As with the sedan, Mercedes offers premium packages for the coupe and cabriolet models as well, though the features differ. The Premium 1 package ($4,100) adds satellite navigation, satellite radio, a rearview camera, voice recognition, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, proximity keyless entry, a surround-sound system, and Airscarf neck heating vents for cabriolet models. The Premium 2 package ($6,925) includes those features, plus blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive headlights, and ventilated front seats. The Premium 3 package ($10,425) adds all that, plus adaptive cruise control with steering assist, a 360-degree camera, parallel parking assist, and multiple automatic braking and collision avoidance systems.

Mercedes-Benz E550 coupe/cabriolet

The $60,650 Mercedes-Benz E550 coupe and $69,100 E550 cabriolet share the same standard features as their E400 siblings, but add a 402-horsepower V8. Both are rear-wheel drive only.

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The Final Call

The performance of the 2017 E-Class is worthy of its “Made in Germany” stamp. Its high-end interior is finished with the finest attention to detail. Add in an abundance of safety equipment and spacious seating, and this Mercedes becomes worthy of an E for Everyone rating. It’s not the most affordable car in its class though, nor the sportiest. But all in all, the 2017 E-Class impresses across the board and ought to be at the top of your midsize luxury car shopping list.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

 

  • "With cutting-edge safety tech, a more luxurious cabin and a new turbo four-cylinder engine that promises impressive fuel efficiency, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is once again one of the best luxury midsize sedans you can buy." -- Edmunds
  • "Is the 2017 E-Class as competitive in its segment as the car it replaces? I can tell you the W213 is a proper E-Class. Moreover, it is one well-wrought sedan, regardless of make, model, and badge. Bigger, lighter, techier, safer, better-looking, and much more elegant than before, the new W213 E-Class should be quite a hit for Mercedes-Benz-assuming people are still willing to buy sedans with gas prices so low and not go completely SUV crazy." -- Motor Trend
  • "Whether on track or street, mountain road or city stop-and-go, the 2017 E-Class exudes not just confidence and class-leading luxury, it bristles with connected-car and advanced active safety systems never before seen [in] a production automobile." -- CNET

 

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