E250 is the ‘inexpensive choice in a sporty, stylish Mercedes Benz sedan

The E250 is the easiest way to get an EClass Mercedes Benz in your driveway. Although the E250 is definitely a luxury car — and is not by any means an inexpensive buy — it is a no-brainer purchase, if you have the resources, that is. This is because the E250 is a gorgeous mid-size luxury sedan that can also serve as a fantastic family car.

With four body styles, countless feature combinations and no fewer than five engines (ranging from a diesel four-cylinder to a twin-turbo V-8), the E-Class midsize Mercedes continues with tasteful styling and technology. Although it’s one of the older sedans in its class, the E-Class continues as a luxury car with sophisticated technology, an elegant interior and it is available as a midsize sedan, coupe, convertible or wagon. Each body style offers various trim levels that correspond to the engine — diesel E250 Bluetec (sedan only), V-6 E350 (sedan and wagon), turbocharged V-6 E400 (all but wagon), V-8 E550 (coupe and convertible) and turbocharged V-8 powered E63 AMG S (sedan and wagon only).

The E250 and E350 sedans are split into two basic types: Luxury and Sport. Luxury models come with 17-inch alloy wheels and a traditional grille with a separate hood ornament, while Sport models feature different wheels, a two-bar grille with an integrated three-pointed star and a sport-tuned suspension. Inside, the Sport boasts aluminum pedals, subtle white-faced gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel in place of the Luxury’s four-spoke design.

Both Luxury and Sport come standard with LED headlights, LED taillight accents, adaptive suspension dampers, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats (with four-way lumbar), front-seat memory functions, MB-Tex simulated leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, the COMAND electronics interface, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The E350 wagon is also offered in Luxury or Sport form, and it includes a power liftgate, a rearview camera and a rear-facing third-row seat. The E400 sedan comes only in Sport form and adds 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery and both the Premium and Lane Tracking packages (detailed below).

As for safety, the available Lane Tracking package alerts you if you’re drifting out of your lane and also includes a blind-spot monitor. The Driver Assistance package includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, active blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning/mitigation (with automatic braking).

The base MSRP on the E-Class Mercedes Benz is $52,650.

Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.

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