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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon - Rating Details

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Vehicle Tested

2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sport 4Matic Wagon (3.5L 6-cyl. AWD 7-speed Auto)

Driven On 5/8/2012

Ratings Summary

This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

Maybe it's because the once-omnipresent station wagon is now an endangered species supplanted by the crossover. Or maybe Mercedes-Benz just builds an outstanding vehicle, but combined, there is no better wagon than the E350 Sport 4Matic at any price. If you want more of a good thing, try the E63 Wagon and bring money.
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Performance The E350 Sport Wagon is one of the best-performing wagons available: Powerful 302-hp V6, strong brakes, capable suspension and excellent overall drivability.
Acceleration
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Maybe running to 60 mph in about 6 seconds doesn't matter to you, but the E350 Wagon will do it with ease. It'll also get up to 100 mph in about a quarter-mile.
Braking
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Responsive, strong brakes stopped our test car in just 109 feet. Excellent fade resistance and pedal feel.
Steering
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Very strong on-center feel enhances sense of stability. Slightly isolated overall, but always precise when cornering.
Handling
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Self-adjusting shocks do a remarkable job sorting out conditions, providing both excellent handling and a compliant ride.
Driveability
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For hundreds of miles at a time, our E350 Sport (not E350 Luxury) provided us an uncommonly good ride, effortless acceleration and confident cornering.
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Comfort Despite the Sport designation, the E350 Wagon offers nearly the same level of comfort as its Luxury sibling. Comfort in both seating and ride are above average.
Seating Comfort
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All seats are adult-size (even hidden 3rd row) and covered in convincing faux leather. The front seats are highly adjustable and optionally heated/ventilated.
Ride Comfort
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Ride quality is firm and controlled as well as comfortable on a wide variety of surfaces.
Quietness
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It's hard to imagine with so much surface area and glass, but the E350 Wagon we tested was quieter than a Nissan Leaf electric car at 70 mph.
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Interior The E350 Wagon blends old world craftsmanship with new world tech in a way that few makers can. Plenty of room all around from a midsize wagon, plus unexpected rear-facing 3rd row seat.
Ergonomics
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Within the realm of knob-type multi-controllers, M-B's version is reasonably intuitive to operate. Other controls are equally good.
Ingress/Egress
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The E350 Wagon has generously sized, regularly shaped doors. Kids can climb under the powered hatch and over the rear bumper for the rear jump seats. Seats seven.
Space/Room
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Ample head-, leg-, and shoulder room for two rows, and even an adult-size third row. Open and airy cabin affords room to stretch out.
Visibility
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Excellent sightlines for a wagon plus standard rear parking sonar and camera. World-class roster of optional enhancements, including night vision, blind-spot monitor, lane keeping, etc.
Cargo/Storage
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There are 20 cubic feet behind second-row seats, with 57 cu-ft when the 60/40-split second-row seat is folded flat.
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Value The E350 Sport 4Matic Wagon comes with an impressive list of standard equipment that justifies its base price of nearly $60,000.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a vehicle built as well as this wagon at any price.
Features(vs. $)
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Only the most extravagant features (night vision, rear-seat entertainment) are within expensive option packages, as powered liftgate, reverse camera are standard.
Cost
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At $57K, it's an expensive wagon, but there is only one other in this tiny luxury-wagon segment.
MPG
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Rated by the EPA at 19 city, 27 highway and 22 mpg combined, the E350 Wagon earns respectable fuel economy, especially for an all-wheel-drive wagon or SUV alternative.
Warranty
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The warranty package is merely competitive at 4 years/50,000 miles for both the basic and drivetrain components.
Ownership
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What the E-Wagon might lack in free scheduled maintenance is easily offset with knowledge that there are few, if any, vehicles manufactured to this benchmark standard.
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Fun To Drive We weren't expecting to say the E350 Sport Wagon was fun to drive, but we just did.
Driving Experience
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There's something very satisfying about a vehicle that does exactly what it was designed to do, then goes further with surprising performance, features and options in a wagon.
Personality
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A refined appearance that still expresses the Mercedes-Benz image, perfect for its very exclusive owner body. For a more outgoing appearance, choose the E63 AMG wagon.
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