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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranks near the top of the luxury midsize car class because of its outstanding safety and reliability ratings, upscale interior, and lineup of powerful engine options.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding safety and reliability ratings
  • Upscale cabin
  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Smooth ride
  • Infotainment system has a learning curve
  • High ownership costs

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

Is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a Good Used Car?

The 2013 E-Class is a fantastic luxury midsize car. It has some of the highest safety and reliability ratings in the class. The E-Class sedan has a spacious rear seat for most adults, and powertrain options for this vehicle range from the incredibly fuel-efficient BlueTec (diesel) and hybrid models to the potent V8s in the AMG trims. While it’s not as nimble as some rivals, the E-Class offers a composed, cushioned ride. It also features one of the nicest cabins in the class.

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Our Mercedes-Benz E-Class review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 40 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Our site has just over 350 listings for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with an average list price of $21,400. Prices range from $15,500 to $30,000, depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cost to Own?

The 2013 E-Class’ expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be around $33,550 over five years, or about $6,710 per year. That’s above average for the class. For example, those same costs for the 2013 Audi A6 are projected to be around $2,800 less than the E-Class’ over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New E-Class?

For the 2018 model year, Mercedes-Benz redesigned the E-Class coupe and convertible, following a redesign of the sedan and wagon body types for 2017. Vehicles in the new generation have convenience features that were unavailable in earlier cars, as well as updated exterior and interior styling. They also have new-car warranties. However, all these benefits come with a high price tag. The 2018 E-Class sedan starts at $52,950. If all the new updates aren’t important to you, consider saving money by shopping for an older vehicle instead of a new model.

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Although no new luxury midsize cars are priced comparably to the average price of a 2013 E-Class, you can find one new luxury small car that costs less than a fully equipped E-Class. The Acura ILX has a retail price of around $28,100. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a better choice because it doesn’t offer many features, and its four-cylinder engine delivers lackluster power. Its interior also feels low-rent, with several hard plastics lining the cabin. Most shoppers would be happier with the used Mercedes-Benz.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Is Best?

There have been a number of changes to the current E-Class generation, but many of the more recent ones are fairly minor, so the best model year depends on what exactly you're looking for and your budget.

Mercedes-Benz added a hybrid E400 sedan to the lineup for the 2013 model year. The base E350 coupe also became available with all-wheel drive, and coupes and cabriolets gained standard heated front seats. Other than that, there were no major updates. For 2014, the E-Class gained a lightly restyled exterior, a new turbodiesel base model, and updated safety features. Mercedes retuned the E-Class’ gas engines for the 2012 model year, boosting horsepower and fuel efficiency. The BlueTec diesel engine and the wagon and convertible body types were added for 2011.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan received an excellent reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Recalls

At the time of this writing, four recalls have been issued on the 2013 E-Class. One concerns a rubber seal falling into the engine compartment and making contact with the exhaust, potentially causing a fire. The other three recalls concern air bags, which may deploy inadvertently, fail to deploy, or explode. Make sure these issues have been addressed before you buy this vehicle.

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

Mercedes-Benz offers the 2013 E-Class in four body styles: a four-door sedan, a four-door wagon, a two-door coupe, and a two-door cabriolet (convertible).

All E350 models except the E350 Bluetec feature a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Other trims and features vary slightly depending on the body type, but the base Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan should satisfy most buyers. Its list of standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, MB-Tex leatherette upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and the mbrace telematics system. It also has the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker audio system.

The E350 wagon adds a third row of seats with a rear-facing jump seat, a power liftgate, and standard all-wheel drive.

Several options and packages were available when the E-Class was new, including the Premium 1 package, Premium 2 package, mbrace package, Lane Tracking package, and Driver Assistance package. You may find a used model with navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD radio, voice recognition, heated and ventilated front seats, push-button start, an Airscarf neck-warming system, and mbrace Family Driver Monitoring (which lets you set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers and provides a report on their performance).

The E550 and the E63 AMG models offer even more power. Each features a strong twin-turbo V8 engine, and the AMG models add a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes, and unique interior and exterior styling enhancements. If you prioritize fuel efficiency, you should consider the E-Class sedan with the Bluetec diesel engine or the E400 Hybrid.

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How Safe Is the E-Class?

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class received five out five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rollover crash test. Both the coupe and sedan earned the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and were named 2013 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard safety features in every E-Class include Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Safe forward collision warning, the mbrace telematics service, and a driver drowsiness monitor. A rearview camera is standard in E-Class wagons and available in the others. Many other active safety features are available, such as Pre-Safe brake (automatic emergency braking), night view assist, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2013 Audi A6?

The 2013 Audi A6 is a mid-tier luxury midsize car. It matches the E-Class’ exceptional safety ratings, but it has the lowest possible reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. Both cars have gorgeous interiors and refined handling. While the Audi can’t match the spirited AMG performance models, it still has powerful engine options, and its base engine rivals the E-Class Hybrid in fuel efficiency. The A6 should also save you around $1,800 on average compared to the E-Class. That said, the E-Class is still the better car.

Which Is Better: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a superb luxury car. Despite its higher billing, the average price of an S-Class is only about $2,500 more than a fully equipped E-Class’. Both cars have enthusiastic AMG models and similar luxury convenience features available. The S-Class boasts more standard features and an even more premium interior. It also has a little more trunk space and a lot more passenger space than the E-Class sedan. Essentially, the S-Class is nicer and bigger but slightly pricier. If you want the extra space and opulence, go for the S-Class. Otherwise, the E-Class is a fine pick.

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2013 E-Class Performance

How Does the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Drive?

The 2013 E350 has a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The E400 Hybrid features this engine, but it’s paired with an electric motor. The E350 BlueTec offers a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 210 horsepower. E550 models feature a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 that produces 402 horsepower.

The E63 AMG sedan and wagon have a larger V8 engine that makes 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Cars with the AMG Performance package get a boost to 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. AMG models feature other performance upgrades, including a slick-shifting multi-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission and high-performance brakes. Mercedes-Benz estimates that the AMG sedan can sprint from zero to 60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds.

Rear-wheel drive is standard in every body type except the wagon, which has all-wheel drive. AWD is available in the others, save for the hybrid, which is RWD only.

The E-Class’ many drivetrain configurations allow it to meet a variety of shoppers’ needs. The base E350 is more than capable as a daily driver, producing ample power for city cruising and highway jaunts. The vehicle glides smoothly over rough roads, and while it may not be the sportiest or nimblest car in the class, it balances nicely between agility and comfort.

Does the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

Gas mileage in the 2013 E-Class varies slightly depending on engine and body type. With its gasoline engine, the Mercedes-Benz E350 earns fuel economy estimates of up to 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are decent for a V6 engine. The performance-oriented E63 AMG wagon trails the others at 15 mpg in the city 23 mpg on the highway, while the AMG sedan returns16/24 mpg city/highway. At 21/32 mpg, the E350 BlueTec diesel earns excellent fuel economy estimates, and the E400 hybrid gets an even more impressive 24/30 mpg.

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2013 E-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2013 E-Class Seat?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan seats up to five people. The E350 wagon bumps seating capacity up to seven thanks to its rear-facing jump seats. MB-Tex leatherette seats are standard, and available features include heated front seats, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, split-folding rear seats (standard in wagons), and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats are comfortable and spacious, and their multi-adjustable settings allow for maximum support. The sedan’s rear seats are spacious enough to accommodate most adults in moderate comfort. The cabin is filled with extravagant, high-end materials. There are hardly any coarse plastics, and the slick design and dark wood accents convey a whiff of European luxury.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2013 E350 wagon and sedan have two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats.

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Features

Every E350 comes standard with remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, an eight-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth. The mbrace telematics system for emergency services and driver monitoring is also standard.

Available equipment includes a panoramic moonroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen sound system, satellite radio, HD radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and several advanced safety features.

Learning to use the COMAND infotainment system requires time. Climate and entertainment settings are controlled through a central knob and buttons on the dash.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cargo Space

E-Class sedans offer 15.9 cubic feet of storage. Wagons have the most space in the lineup, with 20.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 57.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down.

2013 E-Class Length and Weight

Depending on its body type, the E-Class measures from 15.4 feet long to about 16.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,619 up to 4,960 pounds with the E-Class wagon.

Where Was the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz manufactured the 2013 E-Class in Germany.

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