2014 MercedesBenz E350 4Matic Sedan [w/video] Review Autoblog

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The great all-arounder. A as familiar to sports fans as it is to gearheads, the expression sums up a or thing that excels by way of rather than concentrated This is an especially formidable in the picky midsize sedan of the luxury car world, we’d where brand loyalty and the of history often power as much as a car’s feature Do nothing wrong and win, your brand is strong and model’s reputation sterling.

In the of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. both and model are held in high of course. What’s more, the iteration of the car, substantially for 2014, is very much in the mix with other luxury in most categories, without being the best at any one thing.

A curvaceous nose has replaced the square-jawed look of its predecessor.

easy to pick out the visual that Mercedes has wrought for its in 2014. That’s especially from the front, where a curvaceous nose has replaced the square-jawed look of its predecessor.

dear reader, have the full styling scoop on car from the sharp eyes and pens of both Chris and Matt Davis ; suffice it to say both reviewers wrote about the E-Class’ exterior Allow your current to step out of the first-person plural for enough to say that I find the new not ugly, but uglier than it was the extensive refresh. That nose looks considerably effete than I like on my German sedans, creating a effect as seeing a huge man a tiny head. It’s noting that the car you see in our gallery the no-cost-optional Sport Styling and its two-bar grille, which is so slightly more attractive the three-bar chrome grille to my You’ll vote on the styling we’ve no doubt, in both our section and with your dollars.

And, even those who the new looks over those of the car aren’t likely to feel so about them that take the car off their consideration There’s too much good in the for that to happen.

The Mercedes is competitive in terms of fuel ratings.

A lot of what we love can be under the hood of the E350, a creamily tuned 3.5-liter V6 makes its happy home. at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, the has held steady in output the car it replaces, and its specs put it in the middle of tightly grouped pack of sedans. Forced-induction, 3.0-liter options from Audi and BMW considerably more torque and 300 lb-ft, respectively), while makes a goodly 318 hp from the larger 3.6-liter V6 in its brand-new CTS .

Still, we feel just behind the wheel of the E350 most circumstances. The V6 might not the bulk of its power until its needle is leaning to the right horsepower comes on at 6,500 and max torque between 3,500 and but its satisfying, linear delivery, and the exhaust note that from the tailpipes, almost up for the lack of low-down grunt.

more, despite the E350’s V6 connected to an automatic transmission ‘only’ seven speeds the BMW and Audi A6 offer eight, the Cadillac CTS AWD and Lexus GS 350 make do six the Mercedes is extremely competitive in of fuel economy ratings. The 4Matic matches the more BMW 535i xDrive with 20 per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway. (Of this is 2014 these every competitor offers a diesel or hybrid option if economy is at the top of your shopping

The steering experience is better we remember from non-AMG products.

Dynamically, we note the seven-speed auto is incredibly in operation, with neither the stop/start function nor the 4Matic impacting the fluid manner in power is delivered to the pavement.

We didn’t have much in the way of weather with which to the robustness of the fourth-generation 4Matic setup, but we can say that it’s unobtrusive on dry pavement under all circumstances. 4Matic only about 150 pounds versus the E-Class, and initial acceleration is from a practical point of (Mercedes drops its official mph time by 0.1 seconds for the AWD car). with a standard front/rear split of 45/55, the overwhelming from behind the wheel is you’re in a rear-drive sedan at on clear roads. If we lived in a sector of the US, we might consider the $2,500 it costs to add the 4Matic to the bottom line, but for everywhere it seems an almost painless

Without a back-to-back driving it’s hard to say where the nets out against its competition in of ride and handling. From we’ve reported to date, it very likely that the new CTS be the star of the lux-midsizers in terms of We can say that the E350 feels darn unflappable under conditions, however, with excellent ride quality the busted Michigan highway and slightly sporting inclinations on twistier fare. The steering is better than we remember non-AMG Mercedes products, with a nice, heavy when rowing from to side, and overall control is with actual information the front wheels.

We were less impressed the design and finish of the E’s

The confines of the E-Class cabin are remarkably quiet at speed. we dug into the throttle deeply to elicit some bark the tailpipe, the car proved pretty in all conditions another place the E is, if not at the very top of the class, at least the leaders.

Sadly, we were impressed with the design and of the E’s interior especially its of infotainment technology than we with the hushed, calm Mercedes’ software and interface has going for it, and the central COMAND knob feels good and in hand. However, the processing of the system feel well the pacesetters of the segment, with responses to inputs more or found system-wide.

Despite infotainment electronics, the Mercedes’ wins a lot of points for its resplendent seats, which proved to be easily adjustable and remarkably on hours-long drives. We also enjoyed the listening experience of the sound system (part of the Premium 1 Package), which was impacted by the quiet cabin for an excellent soundstage. The forward-view of the is still dominated by a large of somber black plastic, and we’re not crazy about the sections of gloss black, nor the navigation screen considering car’s starting price of 50 grand. Again, no one predisposed to a new (or another) E-Class will sit in the driver’s seat and demand money back, but comparison will likely find of a wow factor in competitors’ cars.

Of course, it might take less to wow you into a new E350 these days, as Mercedes has wonder priced the thing to be competitive within the segment. The 4Matic starts at $54,400 you tally destination fees or any Audi, Cadillac and BMW all charge for the all-wheel-drive versions of their with comparable powertrains; is closest with a roughly gap, and BMW the farthest away a $3,000 premium to start. The GS 350 AWD, another heavy here, is by far the most affordable, at $49,950.

A trip through the of online configurators shows Lexus remains the price though it’s not inexpensive to get loaded versions of any of these as evidenced by the $66,270 as-tested you see for our E350. Oh, and don’t forget price doesn’t include the you’d have to spend to get leather seats instead of the chairs (honestly, the synthetic is so convincing we’re not sure we bother). Any vehicle mentioned can hit the $60k mark in its sleep.

So we come back to what you how you perceive the company that is out by that badge on the hood. In the of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star, proudly on the E-Class’ new nose, are good that your are top-notch. Priced right, in every area, terrible in this is another Mercedes-Benz that’ll find a happy in quite a few garages.

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Engine: 3.5L V6 Power: 302 HP / 273 Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic Time: 6.6 Seconds Top Speed: 130 MPH All-Wheel Drive Curb 3,979 LBS Seating: 2+3 Cargo: CU-FT MPG: 20 City / 28 HWY Price: $54,400 As-Tested $66,270

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