2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Buyer's Guide
The Mercedes-Benz of Midsize Luxury Sedans (and Coupes, Convertibles and Wagons)
Mercedes-Benz is doing an excellent job of evolving its vehicles to keep up with changing tastes, while maintaining its stranglehold on prestige and tradition. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a perfect example.
Already the best-selling car in the segment, the E-Class's models have been streamlined for 2016 -- the E400 Hybrid Sport is no longer available, and the AMG E63 S sedan is now only offered with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. As we discovered in our most recent time behind the wheel, the result is a car that's more relevant to (younger?) BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 buyers, but still offers all the comfort and confidence on which the brand is built.
We like the personality and the driving feel of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as noted in our full review: "The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class midsize luxury collection offers four engine choices, 10 possible body choices and the option of rear- or all-wheel drive (RWD, AWD). Delivering impressive comfort and performance, each model excels in its own unique way."
Build and Price
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class starts around $54,000 and tops $142,000 for a fully loaded E63 AMG 4MATIC S. Build and price your own E-Class right here at KBB.com to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
The E-Class lineup includes not just the sedan and wagon, but also coupe and convertible versions. And there are no fewer than four engine options, including diesel, V6, V8 and, in the high-performance E63 AMG, a 577-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 monster.
The next generation of E-Class arrives later this year, with a coupe-like profile, longer wheelbase and a lighter, stronger structure. There will be more comfort, convenience and safety features as well. Read more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. There will also be a new AMG model, the 396-horsepower AMG E43 sedan.
KBB.com reader and Mercedes-Benz E-Class owner CarNut has this to say about the E-Class: "While it isn't a hard core sport sedan the handling is more than fine, with tight steering feel, immediate feedback and without the harsh ride of many competitors." Read more Mercedes-Benz E-Class consumer reviews.
The BMW 5 Series is the clearest E-Class competitor, with the Audi A6 another obvious one. While the Cadillac CTS sits opposite the E-Class on the sport-luxury spectrum, it's now a more viable alternative to the Europeans. Just be sure to check out KBB's Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide before settling on a favorite.