Pros: Broad range of powertrains and body styles; all-around refinement; excellent ride quality; available no-cost Sport Package delivers a more-athletic look and feel
Cons: Steep prices; limited standard features; COMAND control interface is complicated to use; stingy cargo room and rear-seat passenger space in coupes and convertibles
CG Says: Last redesigned for 2010, E-Class undergoes a substantial freshening for 2014. Mercedes stylists have revised the front, rear, and cabin of the car, while a number of new safety features have been added. New to the lineup is the diesel-powered E250 BlueTEC sedan, which features a 4-cylinder engine, and replaces the 6-cylinder E350 BlueTEC. While not as overtly sporty in popular trim levels as midsize offerings from Audi or BMW, the E-Class is rewarding to drive, and rivals larger premium sedans for highway composure. Prices are high, and climb higher quickly as options are added, but few vehicles in any class can match the E-Class’s enviable blend of performance, mechanical refinement, and luxury appointments.