Eric's Autos: 2021 Mercedes E 450
V-6 engines are disappearing, even from luxury sedans such as the Mercedes E-Class, a type of car which used to come standard with one. It now comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, a very small engine given the size and prestige of the E.
It's been made stronger via turbocharging -- something practically every company making luxury cars has resorted to as a way to maintain the power of a V-6 without using as much gas as a V-6 does. There is also pressure to produce less carbon dioxide in order to comply with current government regulations and in anticipation of more to come.
But there's something about a six ... and Mercedes just brought it back.
Just not a V-6 .
What It Is
The E-Class sedan is Mercedes' entrant in the midsize luxury sedan segment. Its most immediate rival is the BMW 5-Series sedan, which is about the same size, similarly priced and similarly equipped.
Prices start at $54,250 for the base trim E 350, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels.
Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is available optionally, which brings the MSRP to $56,750.
The E 450 comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six, paired with a 48-volt electrical system and high-speed starter/generator.
Mercedes calls this system EQ boost.