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CARFAX — Your Vehicle History Expert

Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.

CARFAX Vehicle History Reports contain over 28 billion historical records from 20 European countries, the US and Canada, which are updated daily with new information.

Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.

Privacy for Customers — Transparency over Vehicles

Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.

Second Hand — Not Second Best

Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.

But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.

CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories

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Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Retail Price

$51,000 - $92,400MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Engine3.5L V-6
MPG20 City / 30 Hwy
Seating5 Passengers
Transmission7-spd w/OD
Power302 @ 6500 rpm
Drivetrainrear-wheel
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2013 Mercedes-Benz Model Year: Model by Model Overview

Many of you have been asking us what to expect from the 2013 Mercedes Model Year.  Below is a break down of each model and what stands out on each variant.  Overall, you will see next generation telematics service move into the Cloud as it debuts as standard equipment on most 2013 models. Doing this will add Internet access, more features for interacting with the vehicle remotely, and over-the-air diagnostic capabilities to the first generation’s array of safety, destination planning and concierge features. Optional Mercedes-Benz Apps will add custom versions of Google local search with Street View and Panoramio, Facebook, News and Yelp, with others planned.  Additionally, new “Control” functionality provides geofencing, Speed Alert, Driving Journal and Curfew-minder services.  And last but not least, added protection features from a mobile application (iPhone/Android) that gives you control of the Remote Horn & Lights and Valet Protect.

C-Class Sedan & Coupe (on-sale: July 2012)

  • C250 Coupe & Sport/Luxury Sedan: direct-injection 1.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo (201 hp,229 lb.-ft.)
  • C300 4MATIC Sport/Luxury Sedan: new direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 generating 248hp and 251 lb-ft of torque (previously 228 hp/221 lb-ft) including new ECO Start/Stop
    and standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
  • C350 Coupe & Sport Sedan: New ECO Start/Stop on direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp, 273 lb.-ft.). Available 4MATIC all-wheel drive on coupe.
  • C63 AMG Coupe & Sedan: features hand-built naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter V8 (451 hp,
    443 lb-ft), AMG 7-speed MCT and 18-inch twin 5-spoke alloy wheels. Optional AMG Development Package yields 481 hp.

    CL-Class Coupe (on-sale: July 2012)

  • Grand Edition Package available in choice of 3 designo paints and 3 designo interiors, AMG styling, 20″ wheels and unique badging.
  • CL550 4MATIC continues with 4.6-liter direct-injection biturbo V8 (429 hp, 516 lb-ft.)
  • CL63 AMG continues with 5.5-liter direct-injection biturbo AMG V8 (536 hp, 590 lb-ft) with ECO Start/Stop and AMG 7-speed MCT. Optional Performance Package yields 563hp/664 lb-ft.
  • CL600 5.5-liter biturbo V12 model (510 hp, 612 lb-ft) continues
  • CL65 AMG High-performance 6.0-liter biturbo V12 model (621hp, 738 lb-ft) continues

    CLS-Class Four-Door Coupe (on-sale: July 2012)

  • Four-dour coupe receives mbrace2 and continues to feature electromechanical steering, world’s-first active LED headlights, standard ATTENTION ASSIST and 10 airbags.
  • CLS550 continues with direct-injection 4.6-liter biturbo V8 (402 hp, 443 lb.ft) AIRMATIC suspension and available 4MATIC all-wheel-drive.
  • CLS63 AMG continues with direct-injection 5.5-liter biturbo AMG V8 (518 hp, 516
    lbft)with ECO Start/Stop technology, AMG 7-speed MCT and AIRMATIC rear suspension. Optional Performance Package yields 550 hp/590 lb-ft.

    E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet (on-sale: July 2012)

  • New standard equipment includes mbrace2, electromechanical steering, heated front seats and wheel upgrades.
  • E350 Coupe and Cabriolet continues with 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 engine (302 hp,273 lb-ft) and larger 18″ 5-spoke wheels. Available 4MATIC all-wheel drive on Coupe.
  • E550 Coupe and Cabriolet continues with 4.6-liter direct-injection V8 engine (402 hp,443 lb-ft) and new 18″ 5-twin-spoke AMG wheel.

    E-Class Sedan and Wagon (on-sale: July 2012)

  • Receives mbrace2 as standard and continues to showcase advanced driver assistance systems such as ATTENTION ASSIST, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist with automatic brake intervention, PRE-SAFE Brake with Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Highbeam Assist and Nightview Assist PLUS with pedestrian detection.
  • E350 Sport/Luxury Sedan continues with direct-injection V6 engine (302 hp, 273 lbft) and available 4MATIC all-wheel-drive.
  • E350 4MATIC Sport/Luxury Wagon continues with direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 engine (302hp, 273 lb-ft) and standard all-wheel drive, 3rd-row rear-facing seat, power tailgate, rear air suspension and electromechanical steering
  • E350 BlueTEC Sedan (Oct. 2012) 50-State V6 turbodiesel (210 hp, 400 lb-ft) continues.
  • E400 HYBRID Sport Sedan (Summer 2012) debuts with direct-injection V6 gasoline engine (302 hp, 273 lb-ft) supplemented by an electric motor (27 hp, 207 lb-ft) featuring ECO Start/Stop, electric-only maneuvering, “sailing” function and the first lithium-ion
    battery designed for automotive use.
  • E550 4MATIC Sport Sedan continues w/4.6-liter twin-turbo direct-injection V8-engine (402 hp, 443 lb-ft), electromechanical steering & standard 4MATIC all-wheel-drive.
  • E63 AMG Sedan Premium2 package now standard, 5.5-liter twin-turbo direct-injection V8 engine (518 hp, 516 lb-ft) and ECO Start/Stop technology mated to the AMG 7-
    speed MCT plus 19-inch AMG 10-spoke wheels. Optional Performance Packages yields 550hp/590lb-ft.
  • E63 AMG Wagon continues w/drivetrain mentioned above plus standard panorama roof and Premium2 package.

    F-Cell

  • 5-door, 4-passenger hydrogen-electric car (134 hp, 214 lb-ft) continues, available for lease in California.
  • Powered by fuel cell technology with an EPA estimated range of 190 miles (European driving cycle: 240 miles)

    G-Class SUV (on-sale: August 2012)

  • Substantially restyled interior with new 7″ tablet-style headunit, COMAND control knob, PARKTRONIC and mbrace2. Restyled exterior with LED DRL’s and side mirrors. New standard equipment includes DISTRONIC PLUS and Blind Spot Assist.
  • G550: continues w/more powerful V8 engine (388 hp, 391 lb-ft) & 18″ 5-twin-spoke wheels
  • G63 AMG: New 5.5-liter direct-injection biturbo V8 engine (544 hp, 560 lb-ft) with ECO Start/Stop.
    New twin-lamella grille and red brake calipers.

    GL-Class SUV (on-sale: September 2012)

  • All-new 2nd generation segment-leading luxury SUV. Longer, wider and taller. Debut of standard COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and power EASY-ENTRY for second row. Other standard equipment includes mbrace2, ATTENTION ASSIST, COMAND control knob, color instrument cluster display, rearview camera, power liftgate, ADAPTIVE BRAKE technology,
    Crosswind Stabilization, AIRMATIC suspension and 2nd row 115V outlet. Optional highlights include On- and Off-Road Package, multicolor ambient lighting, soft close doors, ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM,
    Active Parking Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, SurroundView camera and Panorama Roof.
  • GL350 BlueTEC 4MATIC: V6 turbodiesel (240hp, 455 lb-ft) with 19″ 5-twin-spoke wheel
  • GL450 4MATIC: new direct-injection twin turbo V8 engine (362hp, 406 lb-ft)
  • GL550 4MATIC: direct-injection twin-turbo V8 (429hp, 516 lb-ft) with flared wheel arches, exposed tailpipes, deeper aprons and 21″ 5-twin-spoke wheels.
  • GL63 AMG (Q1 2013): Debut of high-performance SUV w/hand-built AMG V8 engine (550hp, 560 lb-ft)

    GLK-Class SUV (on-sale: August 2012)

  • Restyled interior with new Direct Select gear selector, air outlets, color instrument cluster display, mbrace2 and optional ambient lighting. Restyled exterior includes new headlight and bumper design and LED daytime running lights and taillights.
  • GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC (Q1 2013): Debut of diesel powertrain in this model line (first in segment) with 2.1-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine (190 hp, 369 lb-ft) mated to all-wheel drive powertrain and 19″ 5-triple-spoke wheels
  • GLK350 4MATIC: All-wheel-drive model (and available RWD variant) features new 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 engine (302 hp, 273 lb-ft) with ECO Start/Stop and 19″ 5-triple spoke wheels

    M-Class SUV (on-sale: July 2012)

  • New standard equipment includes mbrace2, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and color instrument cluster display. New optional On- and Off-Road Package debuts with two-stage transfer case, longitudinal differential lock and six transmission settings. Other new options include multicontour driver & passenger seats with massage and comfort headrests.
  • ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC: continues with 50-state V6 turbodiesel (240 hp, 455 lb-ft)
  • ML350 4MATIC: continues with direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp, 273 lb-ft)
  • ML350: New rear-wheel drive variant debuts for model year 2013.
  • ML550 4MATIC: continues with upholstered dashboard now standard. Directinjection 4.6-liter biturbo V8 (402 hp, 443 lb-ft), standard running boards, AMG styling and 19″ AMG 5-spoke wheels.
  • ML63 AMG: high-performance SUV continues with direct-injection 5.5-liter biturbo V8 (518 hp, 516 lb-ft) and 20″ AMG 5-spoke wheels. Optional AMG Performance Package yields 550hp/560 lb-ft.

    S-Class Sedan (on-sale: July 2012)

  • Premium 2 package now standard on S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, S400 HYBRID & S550 models
  • Flagship model line continues to showcase advanced driver assistance systems such as DISTRONIC Plus with PRE-SAFE Brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist with automatic brake intervention and Nightview Assist PLUS with
    pedestrian detection.
  • S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC continues with standard all-wheel-drive and 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine (240 hp, 455 lb-ft).
  • S400 HYBRID continues with the first lithium-ion battery designed exclusively for automotive use and 3.5-liter V6 mild hybrid powertrain (295 hp, 284 lb-ft)
  • S550 continues with 4.6-liter direct-injection V8 engine (429 hp, 516 lb-ft) and 7-speed automatic transmission. Available with 4MATIC all wheel drive.
  • S63 AMG High-performance model continues with 5.5-liter direct-injection biturbo V8 engine (536 hp, 590 lb-ft) and ECO Start/Stop functionality as well as AMG 7-speed MCT. Optional Performance Package yields 563hp/664 lb-ft.
  • S600 flagship 5.5-liter biturbo V12 model (510 hp, 612 lb-ft) continues.
  • S65 AMG high-performance 6.0-liter biturbo V12 model (621hp, 738lb-ft) continues.

    SL-Class Coupe/Roadster (on-sale: May 2012)

  • All-new 6th generation of iconic Mercedes-Benz roadster featuring all-new aluminum bodyshell, MAGIC VISION CONTROL, Frontbass sound system, power windscreen, ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE, LED daytime running lights, electronic parking brake, standard panorama roof, ambient lighting and mbrace2. New optional equipment includes MAGIC SKY CONTROL, Hands Free Access, Active Lane Keeping & Blind Spot Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS with Pre-Safe Brake and PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist.
  • SL550: new direct-injection 4.6-liter biturbo V8 (429 hp, 516 lb.-ft) with ECO Start/Stop and more fuel-efficient 7-speed automatic transmission and 18″ twin 5-spoke wheels. 0-60
    in 4.5 seconds
  • SL63 AMG (July 2012): new 5.5-liter direct-injection biturbo AMG V8 (530 hp, 590 lb-ft) with ECO Start/Stop and AMG 7-speed MCT with 4 shift modes and RACESTART function. Standard AMG DRL’s, twin-lamella grille, and trunk spoiler. Optional Performance Package yields 557hp, 664 lb-ft.
  • SL65 AMG (Nov 2012): high-performance 6.0-liter V12 model (621hp, 738lb-ft) now features 7-speed automatic transmission.

    SLK-Class Coupe/Roadster (on-sale: July 2012)

  • Features new directional/cruise control switches, mbrace2 and optional Adaptive Highbeam Assist. Continues to feature retractable hardtop with an optional Panorama roof or MAGIC SKY CONTROL.
  • SLK250: continues with direct-injection 1.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo (201 hp, 229 lb.-ft.) available with 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic and 17-inch 5-spoke wheels
  • SLK350: Premium1 package now standard & new ECO Start/Stop on direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp, 273 lb.-ft.) with 7-speed automatic transmission & 18-inch 5-spoke wheels
  • SLK55 AMG: continues direct-injection 5.5-liter V8 (415 hp, 398 lb-ft) featuring cylinder deactivation, ECO Start/Stop technology and 18-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels.

    SLS AMG GT(on-sale: November 2012)

  • New more powerful GT model (583 hp, 479 lb.-ft.) replaces previous models (563 hp, 479 lb.-ft.) and features a re-calibrated AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission and redeveloped AMG Adaptive Suspension. Optical highlights include “GT” badging, darkened headlamp and tail light treatments, a unique wheel color and red-painted brake calipers as well as high-gloss black finish on the front grille trim, exterior mirrors and the hood/fender fins. Numerous distinguishing interior highlights include red seatbelts, red contrast stitching and Alcantara upholstery.
  • SLS AMG GT Coupe AMG-developed super sports car with aluminum body, gullwing doors and high-performance powertrain featuring a hand-built V8 engine with frontmid layout and dry sump lubrication mated to a carbon fiber driveshaft and advanced dual-clutch transaxle transmission with 4 driving modes.
  • SLS AMG GT Roadster features highlights mentioned above plus power soft top in choice of three colors that opens/closes in 11 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph, conventionally hinged doors, standard AIRSCARF and removable wind deflector.

    Sprinter Van (on-sale: October)

  • Cargo Van, Crew Van, Passenger Van, MiniBus and Cab Chassis models continue with 50-state BlueTEC clean diesel engine
  • Fuel economy of up to 24.9 mpg highway
  • Available in 3 GVWRs, 3 lengths and 2 roof heights.
  •  

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    SL-Class

    The new sixth-generation roadster with its aluminum bodyshell comes available in three configurations: SL550, SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG. The SL550 comes with a direct-injected twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 that produces 429 bhp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. The SL63 AMG with its direct-injected, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 is rated at 530 bhp and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. With a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engine cranking out a monsterous 621 bhp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, the SL65 AMG is the king-kong SL.

    2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

    SLS AMG GT

    The SLS AMG GT, which replaces the SLS, offers 20 more bhp and a retuned 7-speed transmission and adaptive suspension. The 6.2-liter V-8 now makes 583 bhp, although torque remains unchanged at 479 lb.-ft. The SLS AMG GT will be available in both coupe and roadster body styles.

    2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

    Future

    In 2013, look for the debut of a new 4-door coupe, the CLA. Based on the Concept Style Coupe shown at Beijing, the CLA is about the size of the C-Class, but will be priced under it. Further out, spy shots have been spotted of the new S-Class, C-Class and the SLC, a junior SLS AMG.

    Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe

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    Models 2013 mercedes benz

    From the August 2014 Issue of Car and Driver

    Like its spirit animal, the massive, majestic American buffalo, the American-made Mercedes-Benz GL450 is ideally suited to the wide-open spaces of our vast continent, where it can roam widely, consuming a vast amount of natural resources.

    Like the buffalo, the GL once ran with huge herds—in this case, of full-size SUVs across North Ameri­ca. Times have changed for these mechanical bovines from when nearly a million Ameri­cans bought them every year. In 2013, the class managed only about 350,000 sales. But the GL is a survivor. This second-generation GL, which arrived for the 2013 model year, has been outselling the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator combined.

    To check the health of the dominant member of the luxury-SUV class, and because we have children and junk to carry (and junky cars to tow), we ordered up a 2013 GL450 and immediately headed out on the buffalo traces that we call interstates. And, for the sake of extending our buffalo metaphor beyond all reason, we specified the company’s Dakota Brown Metallic paint.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    We chose the 450 version, with its 362-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8, because it sits at the fat end of GL sales. The optional ­diesel would have been more efficient. The upsized V-8 of the GL550 would have proven unnecessarily quicker and also thirstier and more expensive. And the 550-hp GL63 AMG is just crazy.

    Starting at $64,805, the GL450 seemed not gallingly expensive by full-size luxury-SUV standards. Somehow, though, we managed to pile $26,040 in options onto our three-row family truckster, bringing the total bill to a staggering $90,845. But hey, you didn’t expect us to go without chrome door-handle inserts and hood-fin covers, did you? By the way, those shiny bits cost $225.

    Other arguably unnecessary or frivolous items included illuminated running boards, a chromed exhaust, and 20-inch wheels for $1340; heated rear seats for $620; a heated steering wheel for $225; pano­ramic sunroof for $1090; black leather seating surfaces for $1620; heated/ventilated front seats for $570; power-folding second-row seats for $400; and that brown metallic paint for $720.

    Functional options included Mercedes’ $2800 Driver Assistance package (active blind-spot assist, active lane-keeping assist, and radar-based cruise control); its $1290 Parking Assist system with cameras that provide a 360-degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings; the $2900 Active Curve system (active anti-roll bars to snub body roll); a $550 towing package; $1290 curve-illuminating headlights with adaptive high-beams; and an $1800 On/Off Road package (two locking differentials, six transmission settings, and adaptive dampers), which really only ever saw use on road.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    Possibly, by now you’ve divined that our truck was loaded to the hood-gills. Oh, and because the GL would serve as our road-tripper of choice, we felt that the $1950 twin-screen, rear-seat entertainment package was critical to long-term mental health.

    To say the GL450 hit the ground running is to massively understate the case. In the bronze bus’s first two months, we covered more than 10,000 miles visiting (on separate trips) Kentucky, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia, in addition to commuting to and from the office. And we were smitten. The logbook filled with kind words about the long-term comfort of the seats and a highway ride so soothing that it was almost narcotic. A few of us even began to feel comfortable with the radar-directed cruise-control system that, on long slogs, relieved operators of the tedious business of maintaining a set speed and a safe distance from the car ahead.


    RANTS AND RAVES

    Carolyn Pavia-Rauchman: I love the fact that the back-up-camera system sees not just to the rear but also to the sides.

    Jeff Sabatini: Seat fold-down functionality is great. Call me bourgeois, but after years of owning minivans with complicated folding mechanisms, I like simple, one-button/one-lever seats.

    K.C. Colwell: One-hundred-dollar fill-ups with a 500-mile highway range is pitiful.

    Don Sherman: The silly [column-mounted] shifter is growing on me. Hopefully there’s a salve for that.

    Mike Fazioli: An amazingly unintuitive DVD entertainment system.


    That was the curious thing about the GL: Nobody really enjoyed driving it as we would a car. The steering is superlight and artificial feeling. The body rocks fore and aft in day-to-day traffic. And the lazy throttle calibration can lead to graceless departures from a stop. But hey, you don’t expect a buffalo to be able to dance the waltz—at least not well. And, in its element, which is to say covering many miles quickly and quietly on interstates, the GL was a supremely evolved conveyance.

    Powertrain performance was never a concern. The 5855-pound GL450 got to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds at the beginning of its stay with us, and dropped an insignificant tenth of a second to 5.8 seconds after 40,000 miles. The quarter-mile remained a steady 14.4 seconds from beginning to end. That’s as quick or quicker than is necessary, strictly speaking, for such a vehicle. Never once did any complaint about the seven-speed automatic make it to the logbook. It swapped gears smoothly and eagerly enough. Braking performance was good, too, considering the weight of the thing. It posted a 70-to-0-mph stop of 179 feet on its first test and improved by 10 feet on its final one.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    What those braking numbers don’t tell you is that the GL’s mushy brake pedal meant that drivers sometimes misjudged the vehicle’s decelerative performance and found, halfway through a stop, that they needed to add more braking force in a hurry. Adding to the impression that the anchors might be a bit overmatched by the heft, we suffered three bouts of vibration under braking. At 11,592 miles our dealer replaced the rear rotors. At 15,154 miles, we returned to our dealer for fresh front rotors to quell the returning vibration. When the shakes came back again at around 30,000 miles, we hoofed it back to the dealer for another new pair of front rotors and pads. All of this was under warranty and cost us nothing. But it did mean we had to make a couple of unscheduled visits. The only time the braking system actually cost us money was on our second front-rotor replacement when the dealer deemed our rear pads to be excessively worn and not covered under warranty. New pads, wear sensors, and labor totaled $493.

    We made another unscheduled dealer visit at 18,458 miles because the chrome trim on the driver’s door was peeling off. A new piece was fastened. But the same strip of trim separated and flew off on the expressway just before the 40,000-mile mark. We also managed to break the release handle on the second-row seat. All of the above was covered under warranty, as was the hood-release lever that we tore clean off the underside of the instrument panel at around 38,000 miles. The only faulty trim bit that we actually were on the hook to pay for was a wiper-arm cover that was liberated from the vehicle by an automatic car wash. That cost us $22.


    RANTS AND RAVES

    Erik Johnson: This is all the engine you need in this beast. The GL550/GL63 are overkill.

    Austin Lindberg: If my body didn’t need to expel liquids and the GL didn’t so frequently need to take on liquids, I could drive forever in comfort.

    Eddie Alterman: More rattles than a Babies “R” Us.

    John Phillips: The low-washer-fluid warning is something that would scare NASA.

    Mike Sutton: Probably the best winter machine I’ve ever driven. It’s pretty much invincible in all the snow, ice, and muck of the Snowpocalypse.


    The brake system’s weaknesses concerned us a bit. The rest of the issues were minor nuisances. We were perplexed, though, by the vehicle’s occasional electro-psychotic episodes. Apropos of nothing, the GL’s massively complicated electrical systems would just take a break. Sometimes the rear cameras would fail to function. Sometimes all of the electronic safety nets would throw their tiny silicon hands up and refuse to do anything but warn us that they were inoperative. Thankfully, cycling the ignition always set things straight. The dealer could never find a fault with the vehicle, possibly because the GL had gone back on its meds in the intervening time. But it was frustrating. On one occasion, we hopped in the GL on a particularly frigid morning to find its battery completely dead—that would be when we yanked the hood-release lever off the SUV. A jump from a kindly woman in a rusted-out Ford Windstar got us moving again.

    The GL required five scheduled service stops for the 40,000 miles, totaling $1886. The 40,000-mile service alone (including an oil change; tire rotation; fuel, air, and cabin filters; and a brake-fluid flush) cost us a hefty $678. Combine that with the GL’s 16-mpg average over its stay, and the cost of running this bus was substantial.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    On the upside, the GL450 was, for many of us dwellers of the upper Midwest, the ultimate snow machine during what proved to be the ultimate snow season. The thing was simply unstoppable. We used Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow tires during the winter, which helped a great deal in that regard.

    Despite its outsized appetite for brake rotors and occasional spells of pure crazy, we remain stubborn fans of the GL450’s accommodating interior, smooth powertrain, and easygoing demeanor. And, you know, buffalo aren’t exactly perfect, either. —Daniel Pund

    There is no long-term vehicle in our current test fleet that engenders such rude behavior from our editors as the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 4MATIC.

    We say rude not in the sense as if we were talking about behavior in a Boss 302 Mustang or Subaru STI. We don’t mean rudeness behind the wheel. In fact, the GL450 has a positively narcotic effect on our drivers, as if it were a 5855-pound brown lump of opium. This posh family hauler is an anti-aggression-mobile.

    No, the problem arises at the sign-out board in our equally posh headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as editors jostle to reserve the GL450 for road-trip duties. Feel obligated to take the kids to an indoor water park to test their immune systems? Sign out the GL! Need to take a pack of knuckleheads to a pond-hockey tournament in the northern reaches of civilization? The GL goes nicely with the sweet scent of sweaty hockey gear.

    It was on one such road trip in February that the GL450 showed its supremely capable nature and a couple of its more troubling traits.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    Frozen Driver Assistance

    The GL returned unscathed from a three-month stay in the wilds of Montana with one Mr. Phillips but was waylaid by a trip to a quaint lakeside resort town in northern Michigan. We parked the GL about 100 yards from the shores of Lake Michigan one night. The next morning, the GL was half-buried in snow blown in on a biting wind from the lake. This proved to be too much for the GL, which then refused to start. It refused to do anything at all, in fact. We grabbed the hood release, and the frigid piece of plastic broke off in our hand (earlier in the car’s stay, a second-row seat release lever broke). Luckily, the hood released, despite the now-dangling lever. The engine bay was packed with snow blown in through the front grille. A quick jump-start from a kindly woman in a Ford Windstar with rusted-out rocker panels, and the GL was revived.

    With a full tank of fuel, we chose not to turn off the engine at all on our 250-mile trip to our southern-Michigan home. We steamed along at a comfortable clip while the kids in the second row were quieted by the dual-screen entertainment system and wireless headphones. We allowed the Distronic radar-based cruise-control system to take charge. And on lightly trafficked expressways, the system acquitted itself brilliantly, keeping the driver and the front passenger unnaturally calm and uninvolved with the business of driving.

    We’d almost forgiven the GL its missed wake-up call. But the electrical gremlins that live inside the GL were a bit more active than we were. They are the ones, presumably, that set off a cascade of warning messages in the driver information screen between the main gauges. Distronic was disabled. Then the lane-departure system was disabled. Then we stopped paying attention to the warnings and just finished the drive, not wanting to take the chance of stopping the engine. Once home, we cycled the ignition and—shazam—all the warnings cleared and all the “driver assistance” aids were once again assisting.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    This might not be such a big issue if it weren’t for the fact that we’ve experienced a bunch of odd but noncatastrophic and ultimately undiagnosed electrical mishaps over the truck’s stay with us. The rearview camera, the ignition, and the entertainment systems have all taken unexpected naps on us. These faults cleared themselves with a simple cycle of the ignition. But they leave a mild sense of foreboding, as if surely the whole thing would go full schizo on us one of these times. Perhaps predictably, our dealer can never find the fault when we take the truck in.

    Springing for Brakes before Spring Break

    Since our last update, in October, we took the GL450 in for its routine 30,000-mile service. The $364 service included an oil change, tire rotation, dust/pollen filter replacement, and various inspections. Our dealer dinged us for $493 in December for rear brake pads and rear brake-wear sensors, which were not covered under warranty. On the same visit, the dealer replaced, under warranty, the front brake rotors and pads to quell a persistent vibration under braking. A particularly aggressive automatic carwash ripped off a wiper-arm cover. The replacement part ran $22. Heroically, we installed this part ourselves. As we write this, we await a call from the dealer to tell us when our replacement hood-release lever will arrive.

    Certainly, the GL450 has not been faultless. And we’re not impressed by the truck’s 16-mpg average or the creaks that have developed in the structure. But despite the occasional visits of electrical gremlins and the truck’s ever-present thirst for fuel, we still reach for the GL450 key when we want to swiftly transport a large amount of cargo (human or otherwise) in comfort. In fact, we have a spring-break road trip planned. And—surprise!—we’re taking the GL. —Daniel Pund

    Months in Fleet: 12 months
    Current Mileage: 38,052 miles Average Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
    Fuel Tank Size: 26.4 gallons Fuel Range: 396 miles
    Service: $1208 Normal Wear: $493 Repair: $0
    Damage and Destruction: $22

    We last reported on our long-term Mercedes-Benz GL450 when it had 8979 miles on its clock. That was last May. Five months later, our 13-window Bus of Bronze whooshed past the 25,000-mile plateau. This thing accumulates miles like Willie Nelson’s bus. Course, ours smells better and is easier to park. Well, a little.

    So far in this seven-seat SUV’s life, we’ve spent $844 on scheduled pit stops—oil changes, tire rotations, fresh brake fluid, dust filter, and so forth. On one scheduled maintenance at 20,000 miles, Benz mechanics were required to inspect the trailer hitch. (“Still there? Sure looks like it. Must be okay.”)

    Other issues were covered under the four-year/50,000-mile warranty. These included new rear brake rotors (they were vibrating); a new backup camera; a few trim pieces whose chrome had peeled; and a start/stall issue the dealer couldn’t pinpoint but that has since evaporated. None of which cost us a dime, but the wobbly rotors certainly induced a few knitted brows. Mind you, stopping nearly three tons of SUV in only 179 feet understandably taxes the whirling parts.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    In city traffic, the GL450 is something of a moose in a Pilates class—a bit ponderous, awkward, blending into traffic only when woolly-mammoth-size holes open up, and its steering tells you almost nothing at all. This is one SUV in which you will study the camera before backing out of your Safeway slot. Of course, the trade-off is that our bus is otherwise one of the world’s finest long-distance interstate cruisers, its height and massive windshield offering vast downrange sightlines. Plus, it’s quiet—4 dB quieter than, say, the Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged at wide-open throttle. On the slog from Ann Arbor to Montana, one of us slept quite soundly for three hours in the super-comfy middle seat, leg-twitching dreams and all. Taking turns driving, two of us covered 1100 miles that day, and at one point on I-90 in a desolate stretch of North Dakota, which describes the entire state, we sampled the Bus of Bronze’s 130-mph top speed, fast fleeing Fargo.

    Magic-Carpet Ride

    The air-spring suspension delivers a magic-carpet ride in its default setting. It’s actually too pillowy, with plenty of porpoising on accel and decel. The Sport setting imposes firmer discipline, but you rarely remember to dial it to Sport until you’ve already wallowed through that first hairpin.

    Throttle tip-in is peculiar—gooey at first, producing little forward motion, then all of a sudden, “Hang on, Newt, she’s headed for the alfalfa!” And that’s when two bags of groceries topple. Also requiring a little practice is the grabby long-travel brake pedal, which mandates a delicate application or the third and fourth bags fall over, too.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    Our bus’s next adventure will entail some minor Montana off-roading, testing its 8.5-inch ground clearance and super-slippery running boards, which true off-roaders consider an infected pustule on the nose of two-track travel.

    Drink Up

    Not surprisingly, the 362-hp V-8, asked to haul 5855 pounds to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, has a serious fossil-fuel drinking habit. So far, our GL450 has managed an observed mpg of only 16. Of course, if you can afford an (as-tested) $90,845 SUV, maybe fuel isn’t a worry. Thing is, we all share the same planetary atmosphere, so maybe it should be a worry. Those repeated 26-gallon fill-ups certainly scorched our nerve endings, not to mention our credit cards.

    What we have here is a veritable living room of a family road tripper, an incredibly opulent and comfortable Teutonic freighter that is as capable as a Chevrolet Suburban at twice the price. It ticks all the boxes of irrational desirability. Carries them all, too. —John Phillips

    Months in Fleet: 8 months
    Current Mileage: 25,267 miles Average Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
    Fuel Tank Size: 26.4 gallons Fuel Range: 396 miles
    Service: $844 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

    Somewhere in southwestern Pennsylvania we realized we were driving faster in our Mercedes-Benz GL450 4MATIC seven-passenger long-term SUV than the Porsche 914 2.0 behind us had probably ever driven.

    Oh, and that 914 was strapped to a trailer hitched to the back of our big root-beer-brown GL. Adding roughly 4000 pounds to the Mercedes’ burden had essentially no effect on it, even over curly, undulating highway through the hills. Surely, it was slower than when the truck was unburdened (0 to 60 mph, 5.9 seconds; quarter-mile, 14.4 at 97 mph). And goodness knows the distance required to stop the thing was considerably longer than at the test track (70 to 0 mph, 179 feet). But thanks to the portly torque curve of the GL450’s 362-hp, 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8, fade-resistant binders, and silken body movements, we kept forgetting about the trailer until we’d glance at the rearview mirror and be momentarily shocked by how closely that 914 was tailgating us. We had to remind ourselves to keep our speed in check.

    And remember, this is with the “smallest” gas engine. We could have ordered up a 429-hp GL550 (67 more horses than in our long-termer) or the 550-hp GL63 AMG (188 more). Neither is even remotely necessary for the light-duty work we have in mind for our 40,000-mile test. Or we could have specified a GL350 BlueTec with its 3.0-liter turbo-diesel churning out 455 lb-ft of torque (49 more lb-ft than in our tester). Didn’t need that, either.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    Instead, we wanted to get a taste of the most-mainstream, highest-volume model. So we ordered a GL450 4MATIC (they’re all 4MATICs), which starts at $64,805. We had it covered in a lovely shade of Dakota Brown Metallic ($720) and lined it with black leather ($1620) and then ticked off so many options boxes that we ended up with a $90,845 luxury freighter. The highlights are the Driver Assistance package ($2800) with active lane keeping, blind-spot assist, and adaptive cruise control; Active Curve Control ($2900), which consists of active anti-roll bars to snub body listing; a two-screen rear-entertainment system ($1950); three-zone automatic climate control ($1450); the Lighting package ($1290) with bixenon headlamps that swivel into a turn and adaptive high-beams; and the Parking Assist package ($1290) with Parktronic and surround-view cameras. We also got a big ol’ package that costs $3500 and comes with such niceties and frivolities as illuminated front doorsills; auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors; memory seats, mirrors, and steering wheel; satellite radio; and a navigation system.

    Oh, We’re Not Done Yet

    We ordered heated and ventilated front seats ($570) because we demand our cheeks remain at a moderate temperature at all times. Next, we added a heated steering wheel ($225), a trailer hitch ($550), heated rear seats ($620), and the easy-entry second-row power release ($400), which sounds like something a Mercedes SUV should have. (We will be forgetting our key all over town now that we have the pushbutton Keyless Go system for $650.) Feeling especially upper-crusty, we got the Accessory Chrome package ($225) that brings chrome-trimmed door-handle inserts and “hood fin” covers. To be ready for anything, we ordered the On/Off-Road package ($1850) that comes with some under-body protection, two locking differentials, six transmission settings, and adaptive dampers. (So far, we’ve tried only the “on” part of the On/Off-Road package, but the system served nicely to confuse the salespeople at a Virginia Mercedes dealership who had never seen the off-road option on a GL.) And, because we care about our appearance, we specified the Appearance package ($1340), with its chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels, and illuminated running boards.

    As you might guess for a super-comfortable, long-range bomber with a rear-seat entertainment system and the capability to tow, the GL450 has been in extremely high demand. We have no way to prove this, but it’s hard to imagine that any other long-term car has accumulated miles as quickly as this one has. We’ve covered 8900 miles in just short of two months. If we keep that rate up, we’ll have 53,400 miles on the Benz in 12 months. The GL450 has been on two family-vacation trips, one to South Carolina and one to upstate New York. It went on the Porsche-fetching sojourn to Virginia Beach. And that was all in the span of about two weeks.

    DANIEL PUND, DARIN JOHNSON , MARC URBANO, MICHAEL SIMARI

    Out in the shipping lanes of the interstates, none of us cares that the GL’s stability control system is more aggressive at limiting instability than any other in recent memory. This is a supreme highway cruiser—quiet, plush, stable, and packed with a day spa full of pampering. What’s not to love? Well, maybe we’d be happier if our mileage were better. We’ve averaged 15 mpg in the first 8900 miles. And we’d be willing to bet that a higher-than-usual percentage of those miles were on a highway. What else? Well, those who would like the GL to be something other than a very comfortable, very roomy luxury conveyance are sometimes unhappy with the softness of the suspension. And the DVD system is a little difficult to get working. And we weren’t all that pleased to have to take the GL450 to the dealership to replace a second-row seat-release lever at 7335 miles. Naturally, the repair was covered under warranty. But these are problems the majority of the world’s denizens would kill to have in their $90,000 SUVs. —Daniel Pund

    Months in Fleet: 2 months
    Current Mileage: 8979 miles Average Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
    Fuel Tank Size: 26.4 gallons Fuel Range: 396 miles
    Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

    Specifications

    VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 5-door wagon

    PRICE AS TESTED: $90,845 (base price: $64,805)

    ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

    Displacement: 285 cu in, 4663 cc
    Power: 362 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

    TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

    DIMENSIONS:
    Wheelbase: 121.1 in
    Length: 201.6 in
    Width: 84.3 in Height: 72.8 in
    Curb weight: 5855 lb

    PERFORMANCE: NEW
    Zero to 60 mph: 5.9 sec
    Zero to 100 mph: 15.2 sec
    Zero to 130 mph: 30.2 sec
    Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.7 sec
    Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.1 sec
    Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.1 sec
    Standing ¼-mile: 14.4 sec @ 97 mph
    Top speed (governor limited): 130 mph
    Braking, 70-0 mph: 179 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.74 g
    *Stability-control-inhibited.

    PERFORMANCE: 40,000 MILES
    Zero to 60 mph: 5.8 sec
    Zero to 100 mph: 15.0 sec
    Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.5 sec
    Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.4 sec
    Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.2 sec
    Standing ¼-mile: 14.4 sec @ 98 mph
    Top speed (governor limited): 131 mph
    Braking, 70-0 mph: 169 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.77 g
    *Stability-control-inhibited.

    FUEL ECONOMY:
    EPA city/highway driving: 14/19 mpg
    C/D observed: 16 mpg
    Unscheduled oil additions: 1 qt

    WARRANTY:
    4 years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper;
    4 years/50,000 miles powertrain;
    4 years/50,000 miles corrosion protection;
    Unlimited roadside assistance

    MODEL-YEAR CHANGES
    2014: On/Off Road package and Active Curve system taken off regular option sheet due to low take-rates, made special-order only.
    2015: A 362-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 replaces the V-8 in the GL450 model. On/Off Road package and Active Curve system return to regular option sheet.


    BALLER ON A BUDGET >

    Perhaps you'd prefer to spend less than $90K on your full-size luxury SUV. We would, too. Below is how we'd spec our personal GL450.

    Base price (2015 model): $64,550
    Color: Black, $0
    Wheels: 19-inch twin 5-spoke, $0
    Upholstery: Black MB-Tex (vinyl), $0
    Trim: Anthracite Poplar Wood, $160 (Because, as your mom always said "Honey, brown and black don't match.")
    Option packages: Premium 1 package (includes: navigation, Sirius-XM radio, 14-way power seat with memory, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, power-folding side mirrors, rear power outlet, multicolor ambient lighting, illuminated front door sills, and heated and cooled cup holders), $3680. Mercedes forces you to pay for the superfluous stuff to get navigation. Shame.
    Harmon/Kardon sound system: $850
    Power-folding second-row seats: $400
    Trailer hitch kit: $575 (Because we definitely plan on buying more cars that we'll need to tow around, and no, dear, we don't need new patio furniture.
    Transportation charge: $925 (From AlabamaReallyOkay.)
    Total cost: $71,140


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    Mercedes-Benz E-Class Expert Review

    Staff Writer

    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers a wide array of options from coupe to convertible, fuel conscious to speed demon, and a plethora of interior and exterior options. The overall price tag is high, especially for higher performance models, but the build quality is difficult to beat. Overall, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers everything except affordability.

    The maiden E400 Hybrid mates the base V-6, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery for electrically aided propulsion. All E63 AMGs are now equipped with the Premium 2 Package as standard, adding hard-drive navigation, heated and cooled front seats, adaptive high-beam assist, Keyless-Go, and more. All E-Class sedans and wagons embrace compulsory Mbrace2 connectivity.

    The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available as a sedan, coupe, wagon, or convertible. With that amount of options, the exterior varies between each model. Between all the models, the exterior design is sleek and attractive. The E300, E350, and E400 models all feature 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and auto-dimming side mirrors. They also feature automatic headlights, LED running lights, and a powered liftgate for the wagon models. The E350 Cabriolet gets a powered-folding roof.

    The E550 adds larger 18-inch wheels, and the coupe model receives the addition of a sport body kit for an attractive and sporty facelift. Options come in packages, and with premium pack one, the exteriors receive a rearview camera. The second premium options package will add adaptive bi-xenon headlights with integrated headlamp washers and automated high beams. Standalone exterior options include a panoramic sunroof. The E63 AMG comes standard with headlight washers, unique exterior trim, and the wagon version receives a panoramic sunroof. Standalone options for the E63 AMG include 19-inch forged alloy wheels and carbon-fiber trim.

    Exteriors come in twelve paint options, which are all neutral in tone. Overall, the designs are plentiful, but similar. The large list of options can become expensive, but the overall value is evident in the exterior.

    The interior of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes standard with vinyl upholstery with leatherette and leather options, 10-way powered driver's seat, ten-way powered passenger seat, and cruise control. Leather and leatherette coloring comes in almond/beige, almond/back, ash, and black. All models feature dual-zone climate control, interior charcoal air filtration system, and memory functions. Overall, the interior design is attractive, and the use of wood trim throughout adds to the overall quality of the interior.

    The E350, E350 Bluetec, and E400 Hybrid come equipped with lumbar support adjustable seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and the COMAND electronic interface system. Also standard is Mercedes' mbrace telematics system, and an eight-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD radio and MP3 playback. The stereo also includes auxiliary jack for MP3 player integration, and the CD player is a six-disc changer. For the E350 wagon, there is an added reserved seating third row, which allows for seating up to eight passengers. The E350 coupe features heated seats and leather upholstery. The E63 AMG provides a unique interior trim, which includes most of the better options.

    As mentioned before, many of the optional features come together as packages. With the first options package, the E-Class receives heated seats, rear window shade, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. For the E550, the first package also adds ventilated front seats. The second options package adds interior features such as keyless ignition, blind spot monitoring, and the availability of adaptive cruise control. Standalone options include heated seats for the E350, heated steering wheel, rear-seat entertainment package, and a 14-speaker Bang Olufsen surround sound system.

    The E-Class comes standard with emergency braking assist, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control. Airbags include front side airbags, front pelvic airbags, side curtain airbags, and a knee airbag for the driver's seat. The passenger seat includes a passenger detection senor that moderates the airbags deployment. Other standard safety features include the Mercedes-Benz mbrace emergency telematics service, drowsy driver alert, and automatic rollover hoops for the Cabriolet models.

    Other standard safety features include PARKTRONIC parking guidance, night view assistance, tire pressure monitoring, and a post-collision safety system. Headlights include auto-off technology and run in the daytime for improved visibility. The mirrors include turn signal lights, and the brakes have drying technology included.

    During crash testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class received five out of five stars for rollover resistance, which is impressive in its class. Optional safety features come in a Lane Tracking package, which includes blind-spot detection and lane departure warning system. A driver assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, which includes advanced lane departure warning. Rear-side airbags are an available standalone option.

    The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 comes standard with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. All models feature the seven-speed, automatic transmission except the E63 AMG. All models also come standard as rear-wheel drive except for the wagons, which have four-wheel drive, which is an available option for sedans. The E350 accelerates at a rate of zero to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds, which isn't especially fast or slow. Estimated fuel economy is 20/30 mpg city/highway, and only drop slightly for all-wheel drive models.

    The E400 comes with the same gasoline engine and adds an electric motor with 27 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, and it is only available as rear-wheel drive. Estimated fuel economy is 24/31 mpg city/highway. For the E350 Bluetec, Mercedes adds a turbodiesel, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 210 horsepower. The E550 receives a larger twin-turbo, 407 horsepower, 4.7-liter, V-8 engine that produces 443 lb-ft of torque. The 4.7-liter engine accelerates to 60 miles an hour in just more than five seconds. The E63 AMG model receives a 518-hp, 5.5-liter, V-8 engine that makes 516 lb-ft of torque.

    Overall, ride and handling are extremely impressive for the E-Class. The large amount of engine choices welcomes both practical drivers and speed junkies. Granted, fuel economy suffers for more power, but the twin-turbo, diesel engine makes up for this by meeting in the middle.

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    Sours: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/mercedes-benz/e-class/2013/

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    Mercedes-Benz Overhauls Lineup For 2013

    Mercedes-Benz is introducing a whole range of new and updated models for the 2013 model year, with every vehicle ranging from the base C Class sedan to the SLS AMG supercar affected by the updates.

    On top of the model changes, the automaker is also expanding the use of its mbrace telematics feature by making it standard on most models.

    Starting with the new model introductions, the SL Class and its SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG performance variants are all new for 2013.

    The SL, in SL550 trim is already on sale, while the SL63 AMG hits showrooms in July and the SL65 AMG arrives in November.

    Also all-new this coming year is the GL Class SUV, which for the first time spawns a GL63 AMG model. The regular GL goes on sale in September while the AMG variant arrives in the first quarter of next year.

    Moving down the line we arrive at the GLK Class, which has received an extensive facelift that includes a new BlueTEC diesel option. This latest range of compact SUVs goes on sale in August.

    Another facelifted model is the G Class, which Mercedes-Benz is out to show is far from obsolescence. The legendary off-roader has received a very modern interior and its AMG option is back, this time with a G63 AMG badge. Both the regular version and new AMG model go on sale in August. Sadly, the U.S. misses out on the V-12 powered G65 AMG though considering its pricetag that may be a good thing.

    The last major update in 2013 from Mercedes-Benz is to the flagship SLS AMG supercar. It’s being replaced by a new SLS AMG GT, which offers more power and refined suspension. It goes on sale in November.

    Another model worth mentioning is the E400 Hybrid, which is a new addition for 2013. It goes on sale in October.

    The rest of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz range receive some subtle trim changes but the big news is that the mbrace feature now adds Internet access, more features for interacting with vehicle remotely, and over-the-air diagnostic capabilities. This is on top of the previous safety, destination planning and concierge features.Furthermore, optional Mercedes-Benz Apps add custom versions of Google local search with Street View and Panoramio, Facebook, News and Yelp, with others planned. And for the parents out there, a new "Control" functionality provides geofencing, Speed Alert, Driving Journal and Curfew-minder services to help keep an eye on any new drivers in the family.
    Sours: https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1076773_mercedes-benz-overhauls-lineup-for-2013


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