2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan. Courtesy photo

2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan

By Larry Lark, contributor

Mercedes-Benz occupies rarified air in the automobile pantheon.

And the E-Class series is rarer still. With more than 14 million units delivered globally since 1946, it is the best-selling model in the brand’s history. That is saying something.

My tester was the 2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan, which benefits from a recent redesign, and enhanced levels of comfort and safety. The model starts at $54,250. It also comes in coupe and cabriolet variations.

The model provides grand touring comfort. The only problem was I was more of a home body, enjoying the holidays.

The E-350 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter , four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed 4MATIC transmission. The tandem generates 255 horsepower, 273 lb-ft of torque, and delivers 30 miles per gallon fuel economy down the highway, and a range around 450 miles. It pairs with either rear or all-wheel drive.

The extravagant cabin seats four adults (five in a squeeze) in abject bliss with the trunk large enough to accommodate the full-size luggage bags of my daughter and girlfriend visiting from Texas.

Interior highlights include brushed aluminum with wood accents, and comfy-cozy leather seats. Every model comes standard with customizable ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and memory settings for the driver’s and front passenger seat. Options include a head-up display, massaging front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and ventilated front-seat cushions.

The cabin experience for the driver and passengers has also been enhanced by the new Mercedes-Benz “user experience infotainment system.” MBUX takes user experience to the next level by incorporating a powerful computer, brilliant screens and graphics, a customizable display, learning-capable software, and Voice Control with natural language recognition. The available full-color Head-Up Display, Augmented Vide technology, MBUX supports the occupants by making various operations within the cabin simpler and more intuitive.

The refreshed E-Class offers the latest generation of driver assistance systems providing cooperative support, now featuring Exit Warning Assist, which offers enhanced protection when getting out of the car, extended restart functionality in stop-and-go traffic, now capable of restarting the vehicle automatically up to one minute after coming to a stop. End-of-Traffic-Jam Assist, which works in tandem with LiveTraffic to recognize and respond to traffic jams and slow-moving traffic even before the driver becomes aware of them.

The 2021 model year represents a mid-cycle update, with revised front and rear styling, an all-new steering-wheel design, the latest MBUX infotainment system, and enhanced driver-assistance technology the big adds. The model introduces a refreshed, more dynamic and sportier exterior, redesigned headlamps and taillamps, radiator grille and bumper, and even more comfort and technology.

Driver can select from Comfort, Eco or Sport settings. In comfort mode, which I liked the best, the E-350 delivers a pillowy drive, gliding over the pavement with minimal feedback. The E-350 handles curves and turns without hint of complaint.

The E-350 comes standard with several driver assists, such as automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, most other equipment costs extra. Key safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

If you received a Clark W. Griswold sized year-end bonus, the E-350 is not a bad way to blow your wad.

Base Price: $56,750

Price As Driven: $59,895

Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@issaquahreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.issaquahreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Life

2021 Ford F-150 Platinum. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Ford F-150 Platinum

By Larry Lark, contributor It’s always a call to action when a… Continue reading

The Cadillac CT4 is designed to appeal to a new generation of Cadillac buyers with its athletic design and astute driving dynamics. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury

By Larry Lark, contributor With apologies to Oldsmobile, “the 2020 CT4 Premium… Continue reading

2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan. Courtesy photo
Car review: 2021 Mercedes E-350 luxury sedan

By Larry Lark, contributor Mercedes-Benz occupies rarified air in the automobile pantheon.… Continue reading

Deception Pass State Park. Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. File photo
Free Park Days in 2021 start in January

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will again offer 12 free… Continue reading

Courtesy photo/Artists Sunday
Artists Sunday, following Black Friday, puts out call for participants before Nov. 29

The movement has a website that offers a free directory of artists and art organizations that participate

Courtesy photo/Cargill
Boehm’s receives national recognition for its chocolates

Boehm’s Candies & Chocolates was named in Top 12 confectioners nationally

Issaquah Zombie Walk courtesy photo.
Zombies coming home this weekend in Issaquah

The annual zombie walk event is coming to homes through an online event Saturday

File photo from September 2016, when hundreds participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event at Redmond Town Center.
Eastside Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 10

Similar to other walk events in the region, Alzheimer’s Association encourages registered users to walk in a location of their choice

Diya Garg, left, distributes Mighty Crayon recycles crayons and coloring books for Seattle students. Courtesy photo/Diya Garg.
Getting crayons to kids runs in the family

Eastside nonprofit Mighty Crayon is relaunched by younger sister of founder, repurposing used restaurant crayons

Enzo’s Bistro and Bar/Justin Oba
New Issaquah restaurant brings Italian cuisine in family-friendly setting

Enzo’s Bistro and Bar, located at the former Pogacha of Issaquah, brought back some of the staff from the old restaurant