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.