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2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Review

Going in Style

A three-quarter front view of a 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350

In short: A perfect luxurious sedan.

If you are prepared to invest $50,000 or so in a great car that would offer you dependability and great resale value, opt for the new E350. It is perfect for a role as an all-around luxury sedan.

Updated styling bumper-to-bumper, a well-designed cabin with no-nonsense dash functions and a sober yet responsive engine make this passenger car a favorite. In fact, if we were in the market for a car, this would be the one. Yes, there is an E500 out there, but we were quite seduced by the great gas mileage of our tester. It comes with a sequential multiport fuel injection system, which explains the efficiency. It’s a true pleasure to drive and to be driven in.

Front bumper of the 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350
Rear bumper of the 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350

There is plenty of room for five with multiple climate zones, and the warm polished burl walnut trim is always welcoming as are the fine leather, 10-way power adjustable and three-position memory front seats. With all this interior space and a roomy trunk, you might think you were driving a bulky car. Not at all. It is well-proportioned and is effortless to drive in any situation as well as during parking. And acceleration is quite decent when needed. Our tester even had a few extras such as a sunroof package with power rear sunshade and rear window roller blinds. To top it off, the killer Harman/Kardon 9-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD changer is music to your ears. So what are you waiting for to go in style?

A three-quarter rear view of a 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance program.

Price as tested: $54,025

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 3.5 liter V6, 268 hp

Transmission: driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic with touch shift

Safety: dual front airbags with multi-stage deployment and front & rear side airbags

Top Speed: 156 mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds

Braking: 70-0 mph in 182 ft, Electrohydraulic Braking System (SBC)

Fuel Economy: 19 city,
27 highway

Handling: front suspension: independent 4-link with antidive geometry; rear suspension: independent 5-arm multi-link

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(Updated: 08/28/09 SV)

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