Few automobiles deliver as satisfying a mix of passenger space, luxury, style and performance in a vault-solid, practical package as the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. From convertible to wagon, there's an E-Class variant for nearly every taste, an available high-mileage diesel engine or an ultra-performance, 518-hp V8, and optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive for drivers who can use it. Add to that Mercedes-Benz claims the new-generation E-Class is the safest car of its type ever built, based on all the standard safety equipment that's built in.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw reported from Madrid, Spain, with J.P. Vettraino reporting from Detroit, Mitch McCullough in Los Angeles, Sam Moses in Portland.
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