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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 BlueTEC Sedan

    E350 BlueTEC Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      210/400
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $50,900
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Convertible

    E350 Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      268/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $56,850
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Coupe

    E350 Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      268/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $48,850
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sedan

    E350 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      268/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $49,400
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Wagon

    E350 Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      268/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $56,200
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 Convertible

    E550 Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      382/391
    • ENGINE
      5.5L V8
    • MSRP
      $64,800
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 Coupe

    E550 Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      382/391
    • ENGINE
      5.5L V8
    • MSRP
      $55,450
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 Sedan

    E550 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      382/391
    • ENGINE
      5.5L V8
    • MSRP
      $57,100
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG Sedan

    E63 AMG Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      518/465
    • ENGINE
      6.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $87,600
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

Lots of great features in multiple configurations

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class can be configured as a luxury coupe, sedan, convertible, or wagon, powered by either a V-6 or V-8 engine paired to a seven-speed automotive transmission. The E-Class sedan comes with a V-6 gas or diesel engine, a V-8 engine, or a V-8 AMG engine, while the coupe, which it is shorter and lighter than the sedan, comes with a 3.5 liter V-6 or a 5.4 liter V-8 engine.

The convertible and the wagon are new configurations in the Mercedes E-Class. The four-passenger convertible has a soft top roof, an Aircap feature for noise and wind dampening, and an Airscarf that forces warm air through the four headrests, so passengers keep their necks warm when the top is down. The wagon offers either the Luxury or Sport trims, has a rear facing third row, and accommodates seven passengers.

New for 2011

The Mercedes E-Class convertible and the wagon are new to the lineup for 2011. The soft-top convertible, which seats four, comes with the same engines as the sedan, either the 3.5-liter V-6 or 5.4-liter V-8, coupled to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The convertible is designed to keep passengers warm and noise levels down in open-air driving, even when it's cold out. The wagon comes as an all-wheel drive V-6 only, with a third row that faces back and rear air suspension.

Essentials

Engines: 3.0L V-6, 3.5L V-6, 5.4L V-8, 6.2L V-8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Body Styles: Sedan, coupe, convertible, wagon
Trims: E350 Bluetec Sedan, E350 Sedan, E350 Convertible, E550 Sedan, E63 AMG Sedan, E350 Coupe, E550 Coupe, E550 Convertible, E350 Wagon

On the Outside

The E-Class uses styling cues that are reminiscent of classic Mercedes, which makes it a standout on the road. In addition, new 18-inch AMG wheels are not an option, and the coupe was restyled with a new grille.

From the Inside

Standard on the E-Class are leather and burl walnut wood trim and power front seats. Mercedes' COMAND system with a seven-inch screen is also standard. The black coupe and convertible can be ordered with ash wood trim and two-tone interiors.

Driving Performance

While leaning more toward being comfortable and smooth, the Mercedes E-Class sedan and coupe are also quite capable performers. However, when driving the coupe hard, its underpinnings can limit handling. But if you slow down just a bit, and coupe and sedan drive much better. The sedan is the only body style in the lineup that can be equipped with any of four engines, including Mercedes' excellent turbo diesel.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the Mercedes E-Class include traction control, stability control, and four-wheel discs with ABS and brake assist. Also available are up to 11 airbags (nine airbags are standard) and features such as active lane keeping assist and blind spot assist.

Gas Mileage

E350 Sedan: 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway
E350 4Matic Sedan: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
E350 Coupe: 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway
E550 Sedan: 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway
E550 4Matic Sedan, E550 Coupe: 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway
E63: 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway

Plusses

  • High-quality build
  • Latest technology available
  • Smooth power train
  • Optional diesel engine
  • Adequate rear-seat room in coupe/convertible

Minuses

  • Polarizing styling
  • Limitations of the coupe's platform
  • No optional engine for wagon

Rating

Lots of great features in multiple configurations

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