One of the longtime leaders in luxury sales, the Mercedes E-Class comes in a wide variety of drivetrains and body styles, from diesel to AMG.
That makes vehicles like the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series its closest rivals, in both performance and prestige.
The 5-Series has grown big and complex over the years like the E-Class, but in all but the most posh versions its interior is stark, and its adaptive driving controls don't always converge on a happy medium.
Likewise, the M5 can be a thrilling performer at supernatural speeds but overkill at anything resembling regular duty.
Meanwhile, the A6 has relative lightness and user-friendly road manners in its corner, but we'd still prefer its sexy hatchback A7 counterpart ten times out of ten.
Meanwhile, the Jaguar XF is a rising contender, with beautiful design and eager responses--and new all-wheel drive and supercharged V-6 options.
We're still fans of the Infiniti M sedan as well: it's a pretty four-door, with with a choice of hybrid, six-cylinder, and eight-cylinder engines, and rear- or all-wheel drive.
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|16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||N/A||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size||N/A||Midsize|
|4-Door Sedan E350 Sport RWD||4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||N/A||4-Door Sedan I4 RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||N/A||Automatic w/Manual Shift|