2010 MercedesBenz E350 Sedan Test Drive and Review

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Don’t go changin’ to try and please me

mid-level E-Class is not only best-selling model in the US, it’s one of my favorite luxury cars. The and E550 sedans have redesigned for 2010, complete new styling and a host of new electronic All impressive stuff — but I to see if the soul of the E-Class was still Was it? Read on. $49,475 base, as tested, EPA fuel economy 15-18 MPG city, 23-26 MPG

First Glance: My cocoon of

I don’t do well with I’m a bit like a two-year-old: my routine, and I respond with a tantrum (which my wife more amusing than So I was not very happy when announced that an all-new was coming for 2010.

See, I just like the E-Class I need the E-Class. I live in Los where rush hour is a road-going version of the Lebanese war. You know all those happy Californians you see in the movies? We are like that — you put us in a car and plant us on the 405 freeway at 5:07 pm, at time we turn into demons who will cheerfully run our own children if it’ll get us home one faster. To me, the E-Class is — was — the antidote for rush-hour A road-going cocoon of peace and Just getting into an lowers my heart rate by ten per minute. The E-Class was the standard by I judged $60,000-or-so luxury and I didn’t want to see it change.

Mercedes certainly started out on the foot: With a bribe. No, didn’t give me cash (although if you’re thinking those lines, Mercedes, you where to find me). they did is drop the price the 2010 E350 sedan now at $48,925, $5,150 less last year, while the E550 is $57,175, which is less than 2009. from metallic paint now a $720 option — the new E with most of the same equipment as the old car, including a CD changer and a sunroof.

In the Driver’s Seat: Some never change

2010 E350 dashboard

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Like the old E, the new E’s is a wood-trimmed oasis lined soft, high-quality plastics. leather comes standard on the and is a $1,590 option on the E350; you get MB-Tex — vinyl which does a passable of real cowhide. The transmission has moved to the steering column, up space for two cupholders, a big center and the dial controller that many of the car’s functions, navigation, stereo and Bluetooth

The E provides plenty of room up and quite a bit in the back. although legroom gets tight if the seats are adjusted all the way aft. capacity is 15.9 cubic you can expand that, but only if you pay extra for a split-fold rear Why Mercedes charges extra for feature, when most under $20,000 have it for is beyond me.

The 2010 E is home to a of new gadgets, including Attention which somehow deduces steering inputs if the driver is asleep and sounds an alarm. include a night vision that highlights pedestrians and a parking assist system tells you when to turn the wheel ($950). My test car had an driver’s seat with air bladders. If I turned hard the bolsters on the left side inflate, prodding me in the back and It felt as if the seat was alive, I found hugely disturbing. The function was nice, but even so, probably save the $650 and for the standard 14-way power

On the Road: Peaceful as ever, than before

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I drove the E350 sedan, and I can’t anyone needing any more than its 268 horsepower engine For those people who live of my imagination, the E550 offers a 382 hp 5.5 V8 — a lovely engine delivers its power smoothly and unless you floor the accelerator, in case it rockets you into the like the world’s most slingshot. The E550 also with air springs, which a seemingly impossible blend of handling and a smooth ride.

My was a Sport model — as to the identically-priced Luxury model and as such came with alloy wheels, fancier trim, and a stiffer suspension. Not stiff is a word one need to use to the E-Class. My test car was smooth, and quiet — so much so I was surprised at how well it handled on the Cars Top Secret Curvy Road. The E-Class doesn’t the fun-to-drive factor of an Audi A6. an M. or a BMW 5-series — or, for that Mercedes’ smaller C-Class but that’s not what it’s to do. The E is a wonderful car for a cross-country cruise, and if the happens to include a few twisty roads, so be it.

Journey’s End: Still the one

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Aaron Gold

Having my test, I informed my wife there was to be no temper tantrum. The new may have new styling and lots of new but it’s still the same of tranquility that I’ve to love. And it’s still the by which I judge $60,000 sedans — all the better you can get one for as little as 50 grand.

Which would I pick? The of the Hyundai is tempting, but if money was no — and if I had a proper sports car to on the weekend — then go for an E-Class. Matter of fact, go for a lightly-optioned E350 just the one I tested. I don’t need power and I don’t need gadgets. What I need is — and few cars deliver the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. — Gold

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