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The Mercedes-Benz E-class line is my favorite midsize luxury car. I like them all. I’d be perfectly happy with an E-class wagon in my personal fleet. I don’t even need the twin-turbocharged V8; the 3.5-liter V6 with 302 hp would be just fine for my needs.

Mercedes’ E-classes simply and subtly offer fluidity and comfort levels no other luxury midsize sedan offers, in my opinion. The ride is near perfect, quality is sky high and cruising is silent and smooth. Nothing is flaunted; the car doesn’t shout. With the force-induced V8 in the E550, it’s a hoot, as quick as anyone would need, I’d imagine. There’s a nice growl and little to no turbo lag; it’s just a seamless, smooth whoosh of power right from the get-go.

Again I thought the suspension was ideal, a perfect mix of making Detroit’s crumbling streets tolerable, and good body control when you take corners.

The E-class is a car I’d happily live with for its solidity, comfort, and predictable personality. As for the $77K as-tested price tag of our tester we have here? It feels worth it to me, and I don’t say that very often. 

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic sedan comes in at a base price of $62,325 with our tester topping off at $77,345.

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So, I’m pretty sure this 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic sedan takes over the driving responsibilities when you turn on the cruise control. I know it’ll stay a certain distance from the car in front, but I’m pretty sure it was turning the wheel for me, and resisting when I tried to control it myself. Skynet!

Yeah, this car looks awesome, though I would say it is a little shouty. Those LEDs draw the eye immediately, and then you notice all the chrome in the grille, and the sharp chrome splitter at the bottom. I do love what Mercedes has done with taillights. They look cool during the day and wild at night. Throw some black wheels on this, and it would be downright sinister.

Power is right where it should be, and even though I like it, I don’t really see the reason for an AMG version. When you put your foot to the floor, this car gets up and goes. It has just the right engine/exhaust sound, too: growly and deep, but not poppy or boy-racer-ish. It has lots of torque. It gives you that feeling when your guts are pushed back in your chest. The paddle shifters are pointless in my opinion -- the transmission doesn’t shift fast enough to make it worthwhile.

Fifteen grand in options seems like a lot, but a similarly equipped BMW 5-series or Audi A6s would be about the same, so that’s the market value. The BMW has a slightly sportier edge, so I’d probably go for that, but I wouldn’t blame anyone for choosing this E-class, either.

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P01 premium 1 package including Comand system with navigation, MB apps-mbrace2, voice control, Harman/Kardon Logic7 surround sound system, SiriusXM radio, traffic, weather, including 6 months service, heated and active ventilated front seats, power rear window sunshade, rearview camera ($4,320); driver assistance package including distronic plus with steering assist, active blind spot assist, active lane keeping assist, BAS plus with cross traffic assist, pre-safe plus, pre-safe brake with pedestrian recognition ($2,800); 319 lighting package including adaptive highbeam assist, full-LED headlamps, including active curve and corner illumination ($1,500); 996 parking assist package including parktronic including active parking assist ($1,290); 413 power tilt/ sliding panorama sunroof ($1,090); 996 cardinal red exterior paint ($1,080); 389 keyless-go package including hands-free access, electronic trunk closer, keyless-go ($990); 432 active multicontour driver seat including massage ($660); 287 split/folding rear seats ($440); 104 rear deck spoiler ($350); 443 heated steering wheel ($250).

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