1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D Sedan

    E300D Sedan

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      3.0L I6
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  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Sedan

    E320 Sedan

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      3.2L I6
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  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E420 Sedan

    E420 Sedan

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      4.2L V8
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1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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The 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class remains one of the most well-respected vehicles in the luxury segment of the market. It offers comfort, performance, and style in equal measures. The distinct, graceful curves make the vehicle immediately recognizable, and it carries the same prestige drivers expect from the Mercedes-Benz moniker. The high-power engine and excellent maneuverability make the E-Class fun to drive. The spacious interior and large number of luxury features make the E-Class just as enjoyable to ride in, as well.

Not surprisingly, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class makes for an expensive vehicle regardless of options. For what it comes with, the E-Class more than justifies the high price tag. The market offers plenty of good vehicles to get drivers from one place to the next for far less money, but the E-Class offers so much more for those willing to pay extra for it.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder, 4.2-liter eight-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz E320, Mercedes-Benz E420, Mercedes-Benz E300D

What's New

The Mercedes-Benz E320 and E300D come equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. The passenger front airbag links to a sensor. The E420 offers an optional sports package.


The Mercedes-Benz E-Class serves as a European-style sedan. Unlike most models, the 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class does not have any additional body options. It looks smooth and stylish in comparison to the C-Class but still retains similar proportions. The front end of the E-Class appears distinct and elegant, easily marking it as a luxury vehicle. Power heated mirrors come standard while a power moonroof and an anti-theft system remain optional.


The 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with a luxuriously appointed interior. Power leather seats, cruise control, automatic climate control, leather trim, and a cassette player provide standard equipment. A CD player, a CD changer, dual multi-contour seating, heated seats, a power rear sunshade, auto-dimming mirrors, Bose audio, and a cellular phone remain available as optional features.

Performance & Handling

The E-Class offers excellent performance and handling. All three engine options provide quick acceleration and a good top speed. The 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class also proves very maneuverable and agile, allowing the driver to remain in complete control of the vehicle. The E420 with the optional sports package performs at levels similar to a sports car, substantially improving the already impressive abilities of the E-Class.


All 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models come equipped with dual front airbags, side-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control as standard equipment. The E-Class also avoids some accidents due to the fast acceleration and excellent maneuverability.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz E320: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E420: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel: 23/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent construction
  • Elegant interior
  • Diesel option

You Won't Like

  • Luxury comes at a luxurious price.

Sum Up

What Mercedes-Benz is known for.

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