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It's hard to imagine a driver not satisfied by the 2013 E-Class' options and features, but the pricetag rises quickly from a high base.
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represents the most electronics-intensive model line Mercedes has offered to date, and most of the new computer-managed systems focus on safety
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All E-Class models come with Mercedes' COMAND electronics interface, which combines a large display screen, a control knob and dash-mounted buttons. There's a bit of a learning curve involved, but it's generally neither better nor worse than similar systems from Audi or BMW.

To make the experience a bit less breezy back there, Mercedes has introduced a gizmo on the E-class called Aircap. This is a retractable spoiler that’s mounted on top of the windshield, intended to divert air over the passenger compartment.
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Enhancements to the business end of this newest W212 series station wagon include a now standard power tailgate, programmable to a maximum height for use in low-clearance garages (the cargo shade even rises automatically).
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In addition to Aircap technology, the E-Cab offers a much-improved version of its Airscarf in-seat neck vents, seat warmers and a trick HVAC system that automatically compensates for whatever position the top is in.

Luxury and infotainment features are hard to miss in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and there are more of them for the new model year.

As before, every E-Class comes standard with the usual power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; dual-zone climate control; rain-sensing wipers; ambient lighting; an AM/FM/XM/CD player with USB port; HD radio; Bluetooth; and a multi-function instrument display. All E-Class vehicles add the Mercedes mbrace2 smartphone connectivity suite, which integrates streaming audio via Pandora, and a host of other connected-car features.

E350 sedans come in either Sport or Luxury trim. The Sport versions have 18-inch wheels, distinctive exhaust outlets, and their own gauge package. The Luxury versions roll on 17-inch wheels, and get a standard sunroof and the COMAND infotainment controller--but come with synthetic upholstery, not leather.

Wagons also get a power tailgate and rear air suspension--plus the short-sting, rear-facing third-row seat.

Optional upgrades include voice-controlled navigation; Sirius and HD Radio; rearview camera; heated seats; numerous electronic safety assists; massaging seats; Bluetooth; an upgraded, 610-watt audio system; and much more. Two premium packages, a driver assistance package, a sport package, and a wheel package divide up most of these options into convenient groups. Many options can be had a la carte, as well, though it may be tough for those with peculiar tastes to find the exact combo they're looking for on a dealer lot.

Stepping up to the top-of-the-line E63 AMG gets you upgraded materials throughout, plus AMG badges and performance-tuned stability and traction electronics--in addition to a high-performance transmission and the AMG-built 518-hp V-8. Adding its Performance Package lifts output to 550 horsepower. Wagons come standard with a panoramic sunroof.


It's hard to imagine a driver not satisfied by the 2013 E-Class' options and features, but the pricetag rises quickly from a high base.

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