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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe E350 RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD E350 17 26 $45,430 $48,850
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury 17 24 $45,942 $49,400
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport 17 24 $45,942 $49,400
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury BlueTEC 22 33 $47,337 $50,900
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport BlueTEC 22 33 $47,337 $50,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Luxury 17 24 $48,267 $51,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Sport 17 24 $48,267 $51,900
2-Door Coupe RWD E550 15 23 $51,568 $55,450
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Luxury 16 23 $52,266 $56,200
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Sport 16 23 $52,266 $56,200
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E350 17 25 $52,870 $56,850
4-Door Sedan RWD E550 Luxury 15 23 $53,103 $57,100
4-Door Sedan RWD E550 Sport 15 23 $53,103 $57,100
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E550 Luxury 15 23 $55,428 $59,600
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E550 Sport 15 23 $55,428 $59,600
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E550 15 22 $60,264 $64,800
4-Door Sedan RWD E63 AMG 13 20 $81,468 $87,600
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 22 32 $41,445 $45,050
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 19 28 $46,090 $50,100
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 19 29 $48,210 $52,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $55,385 $60,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 16 24 $57,500 $62,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$45,430
$41,445
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,850
$45,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$814 / month
$751 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process. The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 32.9 36.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.2 39.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 40.4 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 100.5
Second Head Room (in) 35.8 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 48.9 56.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 41.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.8 64.1
Wheelbase (in) 108.7 116.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.9 73.2
Track Width, Front (in) 60.5 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 3.0 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 185.0 193.1
Height, Overall (in) 55.0 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.9 14
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 0.9 13.0 x 0.9
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.7 x 1.3 13.0 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.7 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.3 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/40R17 225/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/45R17 225/55R17
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3683 3792
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 6.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 210
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System SFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 258 @ 2400 - 5000 230 @ 2600-3000
Engine Order Code NA N52
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 268 @ 6000 240 @ 6600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code NA 205
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.82 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.71
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 2.11
Trans Type 7 8
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz E-Class BMW 5 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Strut Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-arm Multi-Link Multi-Link Integral-V
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.3 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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