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Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 E300 sedan AWD Automatic
The E-Class delivers nimble handling and good fuel economy. However, 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 mostly comfortable, it isn't as plush as in the last generation and the suspension struggles to smother impacts from some potholes. 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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2010 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 E550 Cabriolet
Though it is refined and quiet, we didn't find the 2010 redesign as impressive as its predecessor. Handling is capable, but the steering isn't as communicative as it used to be. Subsequent updates, including revised steering, moved the car back to benchmark status. Our diesel-powered BlueTec test model, (with the Luxury package), provided a more comfortable ride and surprisingly, better steering feedback. Interior accommodations are plush, with comfortable and supportive seats and excellent fit and finish. The Luxury trim is sporty enough; the Sport version has a very firm ride. A convertible, wagon, and coupe are also offered.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $40,625 - $47,525 $37,240 - $43,840
2015 $34,225 - $45,725 $31,060 - $42,160
2014 $28,350 - $63,400 $25,480 - $58,970
2013 $23,400 - $49,775 $20,600 - $46,075
2012 $20,950 - $43,300 $18,060 - $39,820
2011 $18,050 - $35,250 $15,120 - $31,865
2010 $16,300 - $28,975 $13,360 - $25,695
2007 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2009 Trim Shown: 2009 4MATIC Sedan
In total, our testing proved the updated 2007 Mercedes E350 a delight to drive. We found it to be quite solid, with an inviting blend of luxury and practicality. The E350 provides excellent ride comfort and agile handling. Rounding out the package is a beautifully constructed and roomy interior featuring supportive seats and good outward visibility. Still though, as is common among the higher-end German cars, we found some of the controls to be overly complicated.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 $12,050 - $23,200 $9,280 - $20,060
2008 $10,025 - $18,775 $7,335 - $15,700
2007 $8,475 - $16,200 $5,835 - $13,125
2003 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2006 Trim Shown: 2006 Wagon
The E-Class had long been among the best cars CR has tested, traditionally combining a first-class cabin with agile handling and a smooth ride. Redesigned for 2003, the E-Class provides a superb driving experience, combining a very comfortable ride with agile handling, a quiet cabin, and excellent fit and finish. However, we can't recommend the car. Demerits include a transmission that's a bit slow to respond and some awkward controls. The electronic braking system with "brake assist" makes brake modulation non-linear and touchy in some routine stops. Complaints also centered on awkward audio- and too easily unintentionally activated cruise controls.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $7,150 - $13,375 $4,570 - $10,470
2005 $6,550 - $12,050 $3,995 - $9,205
2004 $5,775 - $11,050 $3,235 - $8,250
2003 $5,125 - $9,650 $2,620 - $6,935
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2002 Trim Shown: 2002 Sedan
Redesigned for 1996, the E-Class sedan and wagon offer precise handling, effortless performance, and an excellent ride. In fact, the E320 4Matic (AWD) wagon is one of the best vehicles we've tested. Acceleration is spirited and fuel economy respectable. The seats are very comfortable. Engine choices over the years include a 3.2-liter V6, 4.2- and 4.3-liter V8s, an inline-6 turbodiesel, and a high-performance 5.5-liter V8. All are mated to a smooth five-speed automatic transmission.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2002 $4,450 - $6,725 $1,985 - $4,145
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A