2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4matic Wagon

I try not to balk at the price of a luxury car, but it's difficult to warm up to the E350 4Matic wagon with an as-tested price of $66,775. Jamie Kitman is right in his contention that European automakers have priced wagons out of the realm of practicality for most shoppers. An ML350 4Matic starts out nearly $7500 cheaper than an E wagon!

So what do you get for the extra $7500? Better driving dynamics, a much more aggressive look, at least with the Sport Wagon package, and better fuel economy. Only real driving enthusiasts will even consider spending the extra money for the lower center of gravity and the slightly better fuel economy.

Want to save some money and still get a wagon? Head to a Cadillac showroom and check out a CTS wagon. The CTS is cheaper, can be configured in many more ways, and offers better fuel economy than the E350. The Art & Science styling may be growing a little tired, but a CTS still looks smart and aggressive. And you're not going to have to sacrifice one bit of driving fun with the Caddy.

Phil Floraday, Senior Web Producer

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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