2013 Mercedes-Benz E Class Safety

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No crash-test scores are yet available, but the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a rolling testament to the company's quest to stay at the forefront of safety technology.

On the testing front, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) hasn't yet rated the latest E Class, but has awarded it five stars for rollover resistance--which it figures out with a mathematical formula. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested both two-door Coupe and four-door Sedan versions of the E-Class, and both achieved top 'good' ratings in all categories, to achieve the Top Safety Pick accolade. The Cabriolet and Wagon weren't tested, but should offer similar protection. The IIHS' new small-overlap test has not been performed on any E-Class.

There's never been more standard or optional safety equipment on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but some crash data is missing.

The E-Class now comes standard with up to eleven airbags (on sedans and wagons, including a driver-side knee airbag). Side airbags for rear-seat passengers are an option, as are a rearview camera and parking sensors, while Bluetooth is standard. Beyond those now-conventional features, the E-Class has been one of the first vehicles to offer some of the newest safety technology, some of it more useful than others. Among the available safety features, depending on body style, are Attention Assist, which keeps a camera eye on attentiveness and suggests a coffee stop when it senses a drowsy driver; blind-spot monitors; adaptive cruise control; automatic headlamps; and night vision.

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