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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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 May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the E-Class

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.

SPORT PACKAGE
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.

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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)

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 150 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Graphite Mercedes Coupe W/ Every Bell & Whistle

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, upgrades, Gray/ Deep Red interior"

Cons: "2 minor paint touch ups..They are hard to find..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"From the black wood and leather steering wheel to the air cooled seats, this car has practically every upgrade possible, even the Graphite colored exterior and the dark red interior were upgrades. Both front seats have over 10 points of adjustments, there are 2 just in the lower back and one that closes on your back holding you stable thru turns. On performance, as with any low mileage Mercedes equipped with their latest technology, the car is awesome. It is fast, handles perfectly and gets great gas mileage."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Money Pit

By on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Looks nice"

Cons: "Open your wallet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I was under the impression this was fine German engineering. Buying CPO three years ago, as soon as the warranty expired, so did the fine German engineering. In the past year alone, we have had to put $10,000 in repairs with a car with less than 100,000 miles. Back to less than fine American engineering!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

2014 E350 4MATIC - Great Car So Far

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Safety options and scores, style, comfort."

Cons: "Cost, Maybe future repair costs."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Have 14000 miles over 22 months - not a single problem. Ride is a little "Sporty" - Get a "luxury" version if you want a gentle ride. The 350 has a significant torque gap at 30-45 mph - learn to use paddle shifters if you need passing power at these speeds (or buy an E550). Amazing mileage on trips for a large heavy car - 29-31 mpg. Very comfortable on the highway. Bought it mainly to get best safety options available - They are really worth the (very expensive) cost. Drivers assistance is really good for highway driving. Blind spot warnings have saved me about 5 times now. I have about 50 CD's loaded on the hard drive (Premium option). Lighting option is also good for safety - a study of the 2011 MB safety options found surprising statistical result about this. No problems with the car at all, but I'm worried about future maintenance costs. Blogs and other information are not very encouraging on this. They seem to indicate that repairs will be numerous and costly. My lease is up in June 2016. I'd like to get a 2015 or better - It has collision prevention at all times - 2014 has collision prevention only when cruise control is on. If stock market goes well (I'm retired) I'll probably get a well optioned E400, If not maybe a Subaru or keep my 2014. Subaru has the best safety options/results I've found in lower cost 4 wheel drive cars. If you can afford the Mercedes it's worth it."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Wish I'd Spent More Time Researching

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Tight steering. Creature comforts."

Cons: "Xenon lights. ROAD NOISE!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Polycarbonate headlight covers will discolor/fog directly in front of Xenon low beams. No fix possible except $4K for new lights. Known issue with Mercedes, although apparently rare in the wild. I just noticed one in a parking lot with an identical issue. But the real issue with the car is the road noise - e350 4Matic wagon. It seems to come from behind the driver's seat and either through inadequately insulated passenger doors or rear cargo area. Terrible in comparison to our 17 year old BMW e38. We like the 2011 Benz over new models as in-dash display becomes a giant ugly obstruction in newer models. Tight steering. Comfortable, even if noisy. Already realizing add'l roadworthiness from 4matic. Great brakes and decent handling for a wagon."

27 people out of 47 found this review helpful

Lease 2014 E350, then buy 2016 E400

By on Sunday, November 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "E400, biturbo engine, massage seat"

Cons: "nothing so far"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I leased the E350 2014 and had 24,500 miles. love the car and only minor problem with the tires (bubble in the tires). Love the car so much that I made a purchase on the 2016 E400. The E400 is even better with the biturbo engine, leather seat and the massage seat. E400, pick up speed is much quicker than the E350. Go for the E400, you won't be regret."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,222

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice ride, good looks, reliable"

Cons: "interior temp is very hot in the summer, pricey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car even though I've had some minor problems with it. I bought it new and after a year I had to have some of the wood trim replaced because it developed some cracks. They replaced the cracked pieces of trim and left the original trim that was not cracked. The original trim had already started fading so it was slightly lighter in tone than the new trim. The dealer would not replace all of the trim so I could have a uniform appearance. No other problems until a couple of weeks ago the Express Up/Down feature stopped working on the driver side window. So I need to keep the button pressed until the window is completely up or down. The Express Up/Down feature allows you to quickly press the button then let go and the window continues up or down by itself. So that needs to be fixed. The car gets VERY hot if it sits in the sun. I assume that because it is a black car it holds the heat more than a lighter colored car would. Other than that the car has been reliable and comfortable and nice to drive. Love it."

18 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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