Eric's Autos: 2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan
Given that almost every new car -- including $25,000 cars -- either has or offers climate control air conditioning, seat heaters and an LCD touch screen, are there sound reasons to spend $50,000 on a car?
How about massaging seats that automatically slide you out of the way of a pending T-bone impact? Heated armrests? The ability to self-park? And a 23-speaker Burmester ultra-premium audio rig with A-pillar mounted tweeters that corkscrew out of their hiding place as the concert experience begins?
These are just a few of the special things that you'll find inside the Mercedes E-Class sedan.
The outside is pretty nice, too.
What It Is
The E-Class is Mercedes' midsize luxury-sport sedan.
It comes as either a Luxury or a Sport sedan, the Luxury having a more traditional Benz front clip with the three-pointed star mounted as a hood ornament, while the Sport gets a different grille with an integrated Benz badge.
It comes as an E300, E300 4MATIC or E450 4MATIC sedan. Prices start at $53,500 for the all-wheel-drive E300 and $56,000 for the rear-wheel-drive E300 4MATIC. Both also come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The E450, also available in Sport ($59,950) or Luxury ($60,450) variations, comes with a much more powerful twin-turbo V-6 and standard AWD.