By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.6
In the 2013 E-Class, Mercedes-Benz has created a vehicle that is many things to many people. In Sedan form, it's an elegant coach for the business elite, a car that says, "I've arrived, and I have room for three of my friends." In Coupe form, the E-Class makes for a stunning and sporty variant of the Sedan, equally expressive but singing a slightly different tune that says, "I've arrived, and it's just me." The Cabriolet is like the Coupe, only a bit more carefree, while the Wagon conforms to the Sedan's logic but with additional room for the family dog. Be it the hybrid or the diesel or the high-performance AMG, you won't find a more complete luxury car model line than is provided by the 2013 E-Class.
The 2013 E-Class may be the most diverse mid-size luxury car line on the planet. Standard and available features allow custom tailoring to suit each owner's needs, while the E-Class' numerous engine and body style choices have no rival.
You can certainly find many of the E-Class' features in less-expensive sedans from Cadillac, Infiniti and Lexus. Hard-core driving enthusiasts will probably find the BMW 5 Series delivers a more spirited ride than the E-Class.
The 2013 E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet gain mbrace2 telematics, electromechanical steering and heated front seats. The E400 Hybrid Sport Sedan debuts with a 305-horsepower V6 engine mated to a 27-horsepower electric motor.
Driving Impressions Despite the vast array of engines offered in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, there will always be faster cars on the road - perhaps some of them not a lot faster....However, few can boast the same blend of comfort, luxury and performance. With individual shock absorbers constantly adjusting to road-surface changes and driver demands, the car is both firm and responsive through tight bends and smooth on the highway. Its suspension inspires confidence and the steering is reasonably informative. All this helps make the E-Class a remarkably enjoyable and comfortable vehicle to drive. Those seeking ultimate fuel economy can choose between a clean diesel and hybrid powertrain option. If you'd like to step out closer to the edge, the E63 AMG brings an upgraded engine, suspension and transmission to bear with giggle-inducing speed and precision. The 2013 E63 AMG is available as either a Sedan or Wagon.
DISTRONIC PLUS SAFETY PACKAGE
It's tough to get excited about safety features, but the Distronic Plus Safety Package's features are truly special. The Pre-Safe Brake system uses radar to warn the driver of imminent collision and even applies the brakes to minimize impact.
Ok, so the Sport Package only shows outwardly with bigger wheels and comes with a swanky contrasting interior. You should buy it for the stiffened (and lowered) suspension, which properly livens up the car's handling.
Every 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes loaded with standard equipment, providing comfort and convenience that's fully expected from the brand. From burled walnut interior trim accents to 14-way power seats with memory settings to the premium audio system and "mbrace2" navigation system, the E-Class doesn't leave much room for options (though there are some). Front head- and legroom is very good on all models. The rear seats, however, can be a bit cramped in the Coupe and Cabriolet but are very nice in the Sedan and Wagon. Luggage space is impressive across the line, even in the Cabriolet, which has ample usable trunk space.Exterior
Combining elements of 1950s sedans and coupes with muscular rear fenders and its signature front-end design, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is both distinctive and recognizably Mercedes. The Coupe's lack of a B-pillar gives it a smooth look and an air of class. The Cabriolet shares the Coupe's modified grille and boasts an elegant soft top that blends nicely into its sharp bodylines with a classic look. The Wagon is an unsung hero. From some vantage points, its roofline appears to carry a descending curve from front to back, while from other spots it almost seems to be a straight line to an expansive rear cargo area.
All 2013 E-Class models come with an impressive list of standard features. Electronic Brake Assist is standard across the line, as is the 7-speed transmission with paddle shifters fitted to the new multifunction steering wheel. Other standard equipment includes mbrace2 telematics, an 8-speaker 6-disc CD/DVD system, a 7-inch LCD display and a plethora of comfort and convenience features. Safety features include a full array of airbags plus the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system. Electronic stability control, long a standard on most Mercedes-Benz cars, is now required by the government to be fitted on all 2013 models.
Options of note on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models include Sport and Luxury Design Packages, the Distronic Plus Package with Pre-Safe Braking and Parktronic parking assist and Premium Packages offering Bluetooth connectivity, iPod/MP3 capability, HD radio and more. For the Sedan and Wagon, leather upholstery is optional and, on all models, the seating is available with heating, ventilation and even massage functions for the driver. Available assistance systems include the Lane Keeping Assist (in both passive and active forms) and Blind Spot Assist.
For 2013, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has four engine choices and one hybrid gasoline/electric unit. Gasoline engines include the 210-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC diesel; a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 in E350 variants; a 402-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 for the E550 cars and the monster 518-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 in the E63 AMG sedan and wagon. All E-Class engines run through a 7-speed automatic transmission with optional manual paddle shifting. The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is available with either the 3.5-liter V6 or the 4.6-liter V8. The E63 AMG cars are equipped with the tuner's Speedshift transmission with Race Start and rev matching.
3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 (BlueTEC)
210 horsepower @ 3,400 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-2,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32
3.5-liter V6 (E350)
302 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (Sedan), 19/29 mpg (4Matic), 20/28 mpg (Coupe), 19/28 mpg (Cabriolet), 19/27 mpg (AWD Wagon)
3.5-liter V6/electric motor (Hybrid)
302 horsepower (gasoline engine), 27 hp (electric)
273 lb-ft of torque (gasoline engine), 207 lb-ft of torque (electric)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA
4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 (E550)
402 horsepower @ 5,000-5,750 rpm
443 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26 mpg (AWD Sedan), 17/27 mpg (Coupe), 16/25 mpg (Cabriolet)
5.5-liter V8 (E63 AMG)
518 horsepower @ 5,250-5,750 rpm (550 horsepower optional)
516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,000 rpm (590 lb-ft of torque optional)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg (Sedan), 15/23 mpg (Wagon)
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models start with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of right around $52,000 for the two-door E350 Coupe. The V8-equipped E550 Coupe is near $59,000. The Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan begins at about $52,000, with 4Matic all-wheel drive adding $2,500 to that. The 2013 E350 BlueTEC diesel starts at around $53,500. The E550 Sedan starts just over $61,000, and is standard with all-wheel drive. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Wagon begins at near $59,000. The power-hungry will find the E63 AMG-tuned four-door Sedan at over $90,000. Options and packages can add tens of thousands to the price of any 2012 E-Class. Resale values should be equal to or better than some competitors, such as Audi's A6 and the Cadillac STS, but may fall behind the BMW 5 Series or Infiniti M. As always, be sure to check out the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paying for the 2013 E-Class models.
By Nutmeg on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Perfect size, power and quality design."
Cons: "plastic grille is a disappointment"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"A step above BMW and Audi. The E-350 sedan is the perfect size with every creature comfort and electronic advancement you could imagine! Love the comfort and style... nothing comes close in the same price range."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By John on Friday, March 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,700overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great design and fun to drive"
Cons: "Poor workmanship and durability"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Most of the MB 350's have seat covers made of MBTex vinyl even the one with all options available like my car. Just behind the top of the bucket seat at the seam the seat started to form a tear. This happened at only 16,000 miles and I took it to a dealership because it had to be a flaw in the workmanship for a car with so little use. The service rep sent pictures to Mercedes of America warranty repairs and the repair was denied. They simply do not support the workmanship of the cars. This car originally sold for $60,000 and the seats start to tear at 16,000 miles. Do not buy their cars as they are not made any more like they used to be."
By WC on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price, imaculate, and fun to drive."
Cons: "Everything about it is expensive."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is my first MB, and so far I love it. I bought it used with 79k miles which is fortunate because another 1k miles and I wouldn't have qualified for the premier extended warranty. I would have been a little leery about buying the car if it hadn't been for the awesome warranty, seeings how this is my first trial with a MB. So far it drives and looks like it just came off the lot. It is absolutely immaculate and turns heads where ever I go. It is a E550 4Matic 4D AMG Sport PKG, and on top of looking good it is extremely quick for such a heavy car. The is a very few things I can complain about with it. Before purchasing this model, I looked at all the other classes and the E-Class is overall the best from what I saw. I would like the S-Class if I were to purchase another one, however I will most likely have to jump another tax bracket to make it happen because unless you buy it new, with all the extra features no one offers any warranties and nothing is cheap to repair. Not that they have to many issues from what I have read, but if it were to have an issue it would put quite the dent in the pocketbook. I am happy with it thus far though, and I would recommend it to anyone else who is in the market for a car such as this."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By No more MB on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good looking, nice drive at high speeds 80mph+"
Cons: "clunky transmission shaky suspension uncomfortable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"My "new" car has been in service 3 times and going in for a fourth. The transmission shifts abruptly, and there is an annoying shake. First time they changed rear tires and fixed loose parts on interior, second time they changed front tires and reprogrammed transmission, third time reprogrammed again and said no shake (even though it's still there). Dealer is terrible and dishonest, they are only interested in closing sales, that's it... MB Corporate says to keep bringing it in to Service "that's what the warranty is for". They refuse to take the car back because I have not had extensive warranty repairs. Paid extra for leather "premium" seats that are very uncomfortable, hard to believe a $60k car doesn't come standard with leather. The seat back pivots at a strange point, so the seat back digs into your back as you recline it; anything other than a 90 degree angle shoves the seat into your back. Very disappointing. The car looks good, but just terrible for what it should be. Reconsider your decision to avoid wasted time and aggravation."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Naz on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,700overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Engine is powerful and quiet. Beautiful interior."
Cons: "Steering is not communicative and the car drifts."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I bought the car with 200 miles from the dealer. Within 3 months of purchase, a number of warranty items came up: 1) Front brakes & rotors were seriously warped, 2) Soft top would not retract properly, 3) The soft top housing cover would not sit flush when closed, 4) Driver side door not aligned properly, 5) Driver side window squeaking when hitting bumps, 6) NAV and software crashed. For the $65K price I paid for the car, this was disappointing at best. This will be my last MBZ vehicle."
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Fred on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks good"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I own a 2008 e350 with 51000 miles. Took it in for service last week. Dealer tells me the SUSPENSION has dropped and caused a great deal of safety concern for my family, not to mention this ruined my tires. They would put SHIMs and prop up the suspension, I had never heard of such thing. I have great concern about this and I was only told the cause is GRAVITY.... I will sell this car and never buy another BENZ, so I wont have to worry about a DROPPED SUSPENSION. BTW Benz customer service did not meet expectations."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful