Reviewers loved the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. If you’re in the market for a used luxury sedan, the spacious, first-class interior and powerful engine choices make the 2012 E-Class an attractive option.
Critics agreed that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350’s V6 engine provides ample power, while E550 models feature a twin-turbocharged V8 that’s stronger still. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard and all-wheel drive is available, depending on the trim. The base E350 gets an EPA-estimated 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is good for a six-cylinder luxury large car. However, the turbodiesel E350 BlueTec gets the best fuel economy in the model lineup, with 21/32 mpg city/highway. Though some rivals may be sportier overall, test drivers wrote that the E-Class provides a better combination of ride comfort and agile handling than many cars in the class. Some reviewers wished the E-Class’ steering was more responsive, but they said its brakes are strong and quick to respond.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available as a convertible, coupe, sedan or wagon. Automotive journalists noted that the E-Class has a quiet cabin that features top-notch materials and elegant styling. Critics said the E-Class’ front seats are comfortable and that it offers more back-seat space than most other luxury large cars. At 15.9 cubic feet, the E-Class’ trunk space is above average for the class. Standard features include a sunroof, leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker sound system and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, satellite radio, an iPod interface, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.