Mercedes-Benz prides itself for innovation in safety equipment, and the E-Class is a showcase of its abilities. A standard 11-airbag complement includes a driver knee bag in addition to the usual suspects, and an optional side airbag for rear-seat passengers can be added. The ability to detect driver drowsiness, monitor blind spots, automatic high-beam headlight control, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-departure warning system are also available.
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) hasn't yet rated the 2011 E-Class, but the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) gives the E-Class Sedan and Coupe top ratings of "good" in all categories, awarding both models its Top Safety Pick designation. The Cabriolet and Wagon weren't tested, but should offer similar protection.