2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class vs. Its Competition

2009 Mercedes Benz E Class 3.5L 4MATIC AWD

The BMW 5-Series is the traditional archrival to the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and it tends to have a businesslike approach to driving that's usually more involving (and fun) for the driver—ditto for the underrated Infiniti M, perhaps the sleeper of this group.

The Lexus LS is by design the most conservative and least performance oriented.

This big sedan delivers detached and serene luxury that some drivers will enjoy.

Several years ago, the Cadillac STS would not have made it into any type of comparison to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but the car has improved so dramatically in performance and build quality that it now presents itself as a credible alternative to the Benz, especially if your pro-American sentiments are running high.

The Audi A6 and more performance-oriented A6 4.2 are nimble mid-size sedans that provide less room but much more contemporary style than the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

As welcoming as the Benz is, Audi still leads in interior design.

Either way you go, when you're spending upward of $50,000 on a car, you'll get something good when you pick from this group.

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Quick Specs
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The 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class family can be the right fit for a wide range of luxury buyers—even those who want the very frugal or the very fast.
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The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
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The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
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The 5-Series sedans and wagons aren't the most practical or the best values in their class, but they're very enjoyable to drive.
MSRP From   
$53,200$46,845$42,950$44,600
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD4-Door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SC4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic CVTManual