2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4matic Wagon

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

Agreed. Niche vehicle, but there sure is a niche.
I'm with Joe D. "Moneyed Folk" who buy these things aren't cross shopping in the way that you and I would. It's a nice, expensive, acquired taste for people who pay cash for something to drive to the yacht club...or whatever it is that they do.
My MBz wagon handles better and gets much better fuel economy that an equivalent SUV....I don't see my car everywhere either. Go ahead and buy an SUV and you will see 100 of them just like yours a day.

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