I loved this car, which I drove over the July 4th weekend. I would rather drive it than a Mercedes-Benz M-class or GL-class any day. No one who's considering the Mercedes-Benz E350 wagon would think for even a moment about a Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon; the two vehicles are not competitors. The CTS is small and sporty; the E-class is big, soft, and luxurious, just what a small but well-heeled slice of American Mercedes buyers want.
The angular styling of the new E-class works especially well on the wagon, more so than the sedan, I dare say. I liked the short turning circle. I think that blind spot detection and lane departure warning should be standard on a vehicle this expensive. The powertrain is only adequate, but it's fine.
This is an increasingly rare and special car for a very discerning audience of affluent families who wouldn't be caught dead in a common SUV or crossover. More power to them, I say.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor