• (4.8) 45 reviews
  • Available Prices: $13,783–$36,627
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 18-26
  • Engine: 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

What We Don't Like

  • Gets pricey with options
  • Firm ride with Sport models
  • Lackluster handling and brakes (non-AMG models)
  • Relatively limited cargo room in wagon

Notable Features

  • E400 gas-electric hybrid in addition to gas, diesel models
  • Sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon body styles
  • High-performance E63 AMG
  • RWD or AWD

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Mercedes' E-Class is offered in four body styles and a choice of engines, including diesel and hybrid drivetrains. Rear- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered, as is a high-performance E63 AMG edition. Depending on the body style, the E-Class seats four to seven people. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Infiniti M.

(Skip to details on the: E63 AMG, E-Class Cabriolet, E400 Hybrid)

New for 2013
The biggest news for 2013 is the introduction of a hybrid version of the E-Class. Powered by a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and a 27-hp electric motor, the E400 Hybrid is expected to get an estimated 24/31 mpg city/highway.

Meanwhile, all E-Class coupes and convertibles gain heated front seats, electromechanical power steering, mbrace2 telematics and wheel upgrades. The sedan and wagon also come with mbrace2 standard.

The E-Class' headlights have slot-like inboard bezels, while the outboard portions resemble those on the C-Class. Eyebrow-like fog lights sit in the three-piece lower air dam. In comparison, the taillights are much more reserved. The E350 has oval exhaust pipes, and the E550's are trapezoidal. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard LED daytime running lights
  • Optional adaptive xenon headlights
  • Rear air suspension on wagon
  • Standard power tilt/sliding sunroof

All E-Class models feature Mercedes' knob-based Comand interface that includes primary controls at hip level, ahead of the center armrest, like the systems in the C-Class and flagship S-Class. The E-Class has Mercedes' new mbrace2 communication system that includes the ability to connect the car with a smartphone. Interior features include:

  • Wagon has seven-seat capacity with standard rear-facing third row and power tailgate
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional massaging, bolster-adjustable seats
  • Optional tri-zone automatic climate control

Under the Hood
The available adaptive suspension alters shock-absorber settings to react to changing road conditions. The available Airmatic air suspension includes driver-adjustable Comfort and Sport settings. Mechanical features include:

  • 210-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 (E350 Bluetec)
  • 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (E350)
  • 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 27-hp electric motor (E400 Hybrid)
  • 402-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (E550)
  • 518-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 (E63 AMG, 550 hp with optional Performance Package)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission for all models

Besides antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system, the E-Class has nine standard airbags. Mercedes' Pre-Safe system is also standard; it cinches seat belts, repositions seats and attempts to close the windows and moonroof if it senses an imminent accident. Additional safety features include:

  • Standard Attention Assist system measures steering behavior and other parameters to sense driver fatigue
  • Optional automatic high-beam headlights
  • Optional blind spot and lane departure warning systems
  • Optional night vision system

The automaker's high-performance division, AMG, has produced its own variant of the midsize luxury sedan. Available as either a sedan or wagon, the E63 AMG features a high-powered V-8 engine, chassis modifications and revised styling inside and out.

The E63 AMG is powered by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 518 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. With an optional Performance Package, the engine pumps out 550 hp and 590 pounds-feet of torque. The V-8 teams with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Fuel-saving stop/start technology is standard on the E63 AMG.

The car features an adaptive suspension called AMG Ride Control. The suspension uses front steel springs and rear air springs, and the dampers are varied automatically based on the driving situation. The suspension also includes three modes — Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus — to suit the driver's preference. Additional features include a quicker steering ratio and an AMG brake kit.

Exterior styling cues include wider front fenders, more aggressive front and rear aprons, larger rocker panels, tinted headlights, unique chrome tailpipes and 19-inch alloy wheels. Wagon versions gain a panoramic moonroof. Cabin enhancements include AMG sport seats, a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, an AMG-specific instrument panel and stainless steel pedals. Attention Assist, a system designed to tell when the driver is tired, is standard. Back to top
E-Class Cabriolet
Available in E350 and E550 versions, the four-seat Cabriolet is a soft-top convertible that replaced the CLK-Class convertible. It's based on the E-Class coupe, with nearly identical dimensions inside and out. The top opens or closes within 20 seconds when driving 25 mph or slower. In lieu of the coupe's curtain airbags, the Cabriolet uses "headbags" that deploy upward from the doors.

Notable options include Airscarf, a feature that blows warm air at the back of front-seat occupants' necks from just under the head restraints. Airscarf uses electric heat, so it warms up faster than the car itself. The Aircap option raises a spoiler from the top of the windshield frame; at the same time, the rear head restraints rise, deploying a windscreen. The two provisions direct the onrush of air higher over the cabin, reducing turbulence. Back to top
E400 Hybrid
The new E400 Hybrid features compact hybrid components attached to Mercedes' familiar 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

The gas-electric hybrid system — which includes auto stop/start, regenerative braking and pure electric driving, depending on speed — offers an estimated 24/31 mpg, according to Mercedes. The system, which was originally featured on the S-Class, improves gas mileage by about 17 percent over the regular E350. Back to top

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 45 reviews

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Very fast and comfortable car

by El-win from Watertown, MA on December 5, 2017

E550s from 2012 and on had twin turbo 4.7 Liter engine, which is very fast, smooth and reliable engine. The car is great and very comfortable especially if it has an airmatic suspension and other opti... Read Full Review

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mercedes-Benz E-Class Base

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Mercedes-Benz E-Class Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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