The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class promises improved fuel economy and cutting-edge safety gear. The base E300 is powered by a 241-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that is linked to a nine-speed automatic. This combination works well, but it won't set your heart on fire. Diesel and high-performance AMG variants will come later. The car is quiet and handles with agility, and the ride is comfortable. Inside, the dash features high-resolution displays, but the controls have grown more complicated. Even adjusting the lumbar support in the seat is a multi step process done through the central controller and screen. Touch-sensitive control buttons adorn the steering wheel, which we find to be needlessly fussy. New technology includes the ability to follow the road and steer itself temporarily as a driver assist feature. This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed, deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.

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This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed, deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.