Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Engine is Slicker Than Greased Tupperware

Like any good luxurious vehicle, the E-Class excels at being refined. We tested the base E350 that features the 3.5 L V6 producing 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission. This combination is good for 20 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. Our tester came heavily equipped with the sport package, optional 18-inch AMG wheels and both premium packages 1 and 2.

Although there is a terrific diesel, hybrid and two nasty-powerful turbocharged V8 options, the V6 really is all this vehicle needs. Then again, when has an E-Class ever been about ‘all you really need’? The V6 and 7-speed automatic combine to deliver a smooth, buttery drive that is void of virtually any drive-line coarseness. The V6 also produces a nice melodic sound under acceleration; something the four-cylinder BMW 528i can’t match.


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