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The redesigned E-Class delivers nimbler handling and better fuel economy than the previous generation. On the other hand, it dials back on ride comfort, interior room, and user-friendliness. The E300's 241-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is linked to a nine-speed automatic. This combination works well, but it won't set your heart on fire. Then again, we got a commendable 24 mpg overall. The car is quiet and handles with newfound agility. Though the ride is comfortable, it lost some plushness. Inside, the dash features high-resolution displays, but the controls have grown more complicated. Even adjusting the seat's lumbar support is a multistep process done through the central controller and screen. New technology gives the E-Class the ability to follow the road and steer itself temporarily as a driver-assist feature.
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See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class recalls.

Road Test

Like its bookend siblings -- the compact C-Class and flagship S-Class -- the E-Class embraces the same curvaceous design language that brings it into line with the current family theme. With its redesign, this iconic sedan remains competitive, but Me...

Highs

  • Agile handling make it enjoyable to drive
  • Impeccable interior fit and finish

Lows

  • Befuddling controls
  • Gets rather expensive, especially with common option

Best Version to Get

Given our choice, we'd opt for the no-cost-option Luxury package over the standard Sport package. It will likely improve ride quality to what is expected from a Mercedes, removing one of our major disappointments with the E300. While forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/50,000 miles
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (241 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (329 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (396 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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