2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon: First Drive

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Mercedes-Benz has updated the mainstay E-Class lineup of midsize luxury cars for the 2014 model year, the latest in a barrage of products from the German automaker. Like the others, this one is also designed to keep rival BMW at bay in the global sales race. I recently had an opportunity to sample one of the nearly 15 new variants of the E-Class, the E350 4Matic wagon, at a drive event in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the E-Class representing 20% of Mercedes-Benz's sales in the U.S., this is an important car for the brand, so it has to be right.

Thankfully the company already had a strong contender to begin with. For 2014, the changes to the E-Class are subtle but thorough. A new front and rear design is smoother and more integrated, and the rear doors and quarter panels no longer feature the bulbous fender of the previous model. The overall look is still recognizably Mercedes-Benz, but sleeker and leaner. Two distinct front-end looks are available for the sedan and wagon: Sport puts the three-pointed Mercedes-Benz star in the grille, and Luxury mounts it more traditionally to the front of the hood. In addition to the sedan and wagon, the E-Class is also available as a coupe and convertible; they're slated to reach dealerships at the end of this month.

By Aaron Bragman | June 14, 2013 | Comments (1)

Luxury Wagons Work to Woo Families

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I'm a wagon lover, and I'm not ashamed to say it. If things went my way, I'd have one of those big, wood-paneled ones in my driveway right now. However, most Americans don't share my enthusiasm for the old-school wagon. They have no idea what they're missing out on because today's wagons are often quite luxurious — and lacking in wood paneling.

With many of today's wagons focusing on luxury, these original grocery-getters have gotten pricey. A short list of wagons — Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen — can be had for less than $25,000.

Several luxury automakers are doing their best to woo families with high-end wagons, but they're not always as family-friendly as you'd think:

By Carrie Kim | February 26, 2013 | Comments (13)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Video

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Mercedes-Benz's redesigned 2014 E-Class lineup comprises a coupe, convertible, wagon and sedan, but it's the absurdly quick E63 AMG that gets Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' pulse racing. The luxury sedan, bowing this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, gets 550 horsepower from its twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8, and paired with the automaker's new 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, that translates to a zero-to-60 time of 3.6 seconds.

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To knock a half-second off of the 2013 model's 4-second zero-to-60 time, speed enthusiasts will have to upgrade to the E63 AMG S-Model, which will make a Porsche 911-rivaling 3.5 seconds. While the average law-abiding citizen may consider that measure of power luxurious, Mays imagines an unconventional application for getting misbehaving children to sit still in the backseat during car trips.

Watch the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Photo Gallery

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Like all families, Mercedes-Benz's E-Class lineup continues growing and changing through the years. The automaker brought the whole clan to the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week for a reunion. The revised-for-2014 E-Class family portrait includes the sedan, coupe, cabriolet and wagon — and each one still looks great.

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A cohesive design boasts a more flowing silhouette, along with a new four-eyed stare from LED headlights and a pair of grilles that display the Mercedes star upright on the hood or integrated into the grille. A new four-cylinder diesel engine joins a pair of V-8 gasoline engines and a hybrid powertrain. Inside, design, materials and overall feel have returned to a distinctive, luxurious quality that in some ways has been missing.

Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Up Close

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One of Mercedes-Benz' higher volume vehicles is the E-Class midsize family, and the company took the opportunity of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to unveil the updated lineup of E-Class models in one felled swoop.

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Available at varying points in the coming year will be the new E-Class sedan, coupe, cabriolet and wagon. The design changes for 2014 are certainly evolutionary in nature with a more flowing silhouette, along with LED headlamps providing a new four-eyed stare that retains a distinctive look. Two grille treatments will be available: the Elegance model that puts the famous three-pointed Mercedes star upright on the hood, and the Sport model, which integrates it into the grille. The result is a more cohesive design that improves upon the previous generation while still keeping repeat customers happy.

By Aaron Bragman | January 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Audi S6, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V
  • Looks like: More aggressive styling, dramatic wheels, LEDs aplenty
  • Drivetrain: 550-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 (optional 570-hp S-Model), seven-speed automatic transmission and standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: This summer

Mercedes-Benz is planning to use next week's 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to unveil its refreshed 2014 E-Class lineup, and it has published details about two models that are sure to get some hearts beating faster. The 2014 E63 AMG 4MATIC and E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC will make their global debuts at the show, wearing updated sheet metal and new interiors. They will feature more power and the first-ever standard all-wheel-drive configuration for the North American market.

By Aaron Bragman | January 10, 2013 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon might be the ultimate family hauler with its roomy interior, including seating for seven and a spacious cargo area, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. It even has an optional massaging driver's seat that makes even the most mundane errands delightful. Of course, there's a catch — its price. The E350 wagon starts at $58,025, and Carrie's test car cost a jaw-dropping $76,055.

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By Jennifer Newman | November 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007-09 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

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Mercedes-Benz is recalling 3,613 E350 4Matic wagons equipped with a self-leveling rear air suspension because of a possible suspension setup failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The load-leveling rear air suspension was built with incorrect materials that can cause the connection rod's ball head in the level control system to seize. If this happens, owners may experience an uncomfortable, stiff ride, which is a result of the air suspension continuously supplying pressure to the air bellows due to signal failure. If this happens, the air bellows could ultimately fail and cause a complete failure of the rear air suspension, resulting in reduced control and an increased risk of a crash, according to Mercedes-Benz.

By Colin Bird | June 21, 2012 | Comments (1)

Mercedes-Benz mbrace Plus: Worth the cost?

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Kevin Link, marketing head at Hughes Telematics, punched a button in the overhead console of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon. He was in the driver’s seat; I sat shotgun. It was around 11 a.m. on the second media day at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, and a few journalists still trolled the Mercedes display outside our car.
 
Moments later, the E-Class patched through a perky operator. She asked Link what he’d like. He wanted coffee. She sent directions to the nearest Starbucks to the car’s navigation system. Anything else?
 
I pitched a curveball: Say, what’s Google stock running at right now? Could we buy some shares?
 
A moment of silence.
 
She piped up: “As of 10:54, I have the price of Google at $613.39, which is down $3.06 today.”
 
“Would you like to buy any?” Link said, grinning. Not right now, I replied.
 
So it goes with Mercedes’ mbrace Plus.

By Kelsey Mays | February 16, 2011 | Comments (31)

What Does This Button Do?

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A few weeks ago we tackled a Mercedes-Benz R350 and its funky parking lights, and today we take a look at an optional button found in the new Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon. These buttons are located between the driver’s seat bottom and the center console that runs between the two front seats. The button says “Dyn” (photo above). Now “Dyn” is likely dynamic, but what can be dynamic about a seat?

By David Thomas | October 22, 2010 | Comments (4)

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