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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 19 28 $46,314 $49,800
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E350 18 28 $53,680 $57,720
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Luxury 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Sport 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E550 Sport 16 26 $55,605 $59,790
4-Door Sedan RWD E63 AMG 16 24 $82,677 $88,900
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Luxury 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Sport 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
4-Door Wagon RWD E63 AMG 15 23 $85,095 $91,500
2-Door Coupe RWD E550 17 27 $52,629 $56,590
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E550 16 25 $60,264 $64,800
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC E350 19 29 $48,639 $52,300
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 23 34 $43,150 $46,900
4-Door Sedan AWD 528i xDrive 22 32 $45,265 $49,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 20 30 $48,300 $52,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 21 30 $50,415 $54,800
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
4-Door Sedan RWD ActiveHybrid 5 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,314
$43,150
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$49,800
$46,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$830 / month
$782 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks. The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 48.9 56.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 41.4
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 55.0 57.6
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.9 18.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 0.9 13.0 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Power
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 0.9
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 Power 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 Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3759 3814
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 10.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 170
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 302 @ 6500 240 @ 5000
Engine Type Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 273 @ 3500-5250 260 @ 1250
Engine Order Code NA N20
Displacement 3.5L/213 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 34
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
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 Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.71
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.84
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Body Style Coupe 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz E-Class BMW 5 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Independent Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Integral-V
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 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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