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What a fun test! I’ve never had anyone directly comparing these two models but anything that draws attention to our great wagon is fantastic! You can create your own comparisons at the MBUSA site.
“Many kids grow up with minivans and sedans, but the lucky ones spend time riding in the third-row jump seat of an E-Class wagon. The seats, which are located in the cargo area and face backward, provide a cocoon-like environment where the rear hatch window gives a unique outside view.”
“On the other hand, the GL’s more conventional third row seems spacious and welcoming enough for passengers as tall as Big Bird.”
“And while the GL450 provides a higher seating position, visibility is slightly better in the E350 wagon, making it much easier to maneuver around texting tweens in a mall parking lot or to stay within SoCal’s narrow freeway lanes.”
“Not only is the GL surprisingly fast, but it sounds quite good, too — drive with the windows and sunroof open and the combination of the deep exhaust growl and faint turbo whine provides a strangely entertaining sense that you’re driving a refined city bus.”
Read the full article at Motor Trend Online to find out who wins!
I went on a holiday roadtrip in my new 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350! It was cold, snowy, windy and rainy but the car did a great job! I felt safe and warm the whole time. My fuel economy is a little bit down from past trips but I think that was due to the rough weather and a very full trunk of presents!
In other fuel economy news, a 2012 E350 bluetec purchased here about a year ago is getting 40 mpg! Thanks for sharing Hunter!
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be a major refresh for the model. It is being called a redesign because of the number of changes being made to the styling and technology. We expect it to arrive mid-2013!
There are lots of ways to customize your Mercedes-Benz! These Sport Tail Lamps with clear lenses recently became available and we installed them in a 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. I parked a standard tail light car next to it for comparison. The clear lenses give it a very custom, European look in my opinion. I bet it would look very dramatic on a black car!
If you are interested in swaping your lights the part number is A2129061658 and the cost should be about $770 plus labor.
The 2013 diesels have been released! They should start shipping to dealerships in the next few days and arrival time will depend on trucking. Luckily my dealership is near the factory so we should see them soon!
The lease on my 2011 E350 is up this month so I took it out for one last road trip! 5 days, more than 1800 miles and a little bit of mud later we are back in Georgia. The E350 averaged nearly 26 mpg in mixed driving – about 1500 highway and another 300 in town. I am still impressed with the comfort, handling and good looks of this vehicle. I might miss it a little when I turn it in!
“Sometimes, though, the stars align and we’re given a perfect car for a given situation. Such was the case when I had the keys to a 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG for four days.”
“I carried friends in their 30s and parents in their 60s in the rear seat and didn’t hear a single complaint – rather, I got a couple positive remarks on leg room. Let there be no doubt – the E63 can carry four adults in total comfort for trips to dinner (and probably longer).”
“There are more driver-oriented cars than the E63, more powerful cars, more expensive cars, and cars with more wow-factor. But few can satisfy demands for performance, practicality, and elegance in the way an E63 can.”
You can read the full review at Motor Trend online.
“…all staffers who drove it made note not only of the car’s amazing return on the gallon but also how much they enjoyed the performance along the way.”
“If you need further proof that a turbodiesel is the ideal powerplant for a big luxury car, look no further than the E350 Bluetec”
“Still, one might question whether that real-world mpg is good enough to eclipse a $1,200 price premium and, arguably, the incrementally higher maintenance fees associated with keeping the diesel-combustion process relatively clean…If you consistently achieved as high an average as we did during our time in the diesel E-class, the break-even point shrinks to just 3.2 years.”
“When two tons of luxury sedan can get more than 30 mpg indicated in mixed driving with no extension cords, weird clunks or CVTs needed,” one editor explained, “I have to ask why so many manufacturers (and so many Americans) are wedded to the idea of hybrid/electric propulsion.”
Read the full review at Autoweek.com.
Mercedes-Benz Product Management has just announced that the 2012 E-Class sedan and wagon can now be built with mix-and-match designo paint, leather and trim.
Click on thumnails to enlarge!
designo Paint: $2300
designo Magno Matte Paint: $3950
designo Interiors: $4500 for all E350s, $3800 for E550, $3100 for E63 AMG sedan and wagon
Mindy Green, proprietor of Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro in Highlands, North Carolina, wanted to share her good experience with Atlanta Classic Cars, the European Delivery Program and her wagon named Lizzie!
I bought my first Mercedes from another dealership. My husband bought his from Atlanta Classic so I started to bring my in for service there. They did such an incredible job that when I got my new Mercedes I bought from Atlanta Classic. We did not even go to any other dealership to look. My husband did a European delivery and we liked it so much we did it with my car. Jesse is our sales rep and she has been incredible to work with. Not only did she keep us up to date while buying, I can still call her with questions and she helps me. My service rep Kim is also incredible. She knows what she is doing!!!! I highly recommend this dealership for all you car needs!!!