For 2019, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400 was replaced by the E450. E-Class cars are one of the few models that can be ordered in coupe, wagon and convertible versions. The E450 is powered by a V-6 twin turbocharged 362-horsepower engine.
This midsize sedan is silky smooth and quiet, due in part to the acoustic comfort package featuring increased insulation and special acoustic membrane glass. The handling creates very little body roll, and the steering has a nice balance of assist at low speeds and road feel at higher speeds. You can change the suspension and overall characteristics of the car from Eco to Sport with just the push of a button.
The front seats offer almost endless adjustments – drivers of all sizes should find a comfortable position. Optional heated and ventilated seats are a nice touch.
Safety is addressed with a suite of advanced driver assistance features. Smart cruise control with steering assistance, active lane-change assist, rear-end collision protection and route-based speed adaptation are included in the optional driver assistance package.
The E450 should satisfy anyone looking for a luxury midsize car that can be loaded with the latest technology.
Base Price: $59,800
MPG: 20 city, 28 highway
Crash Test: N/A
The midsize Volvo S60 has been completely redesigned for 2019. The S60 is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions with a choice of engine power. The front-wheel-drive T-5 version uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 250 horsepower. The all-wheel-drive T-6 iteration uses the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but adds a supercharger, boosting horsepower to 316. My road test was in the T-6 version with the R-Design options.
The R-Design adds a sporty look and feel to the S60. The front seats are designed to hug the occupants and hold them in place during spirited driving. A lack of road noise makes the cabin a great place to spend an extended drive.
The performance from the turbo/supercharged four-cylinder engine delivers smooth, strong throttle response from a stop to highway speeds. The steering is precise, and the handling is good, although the ride can get harsh over road imperfections. This model also has a control to optimize ride handling or fuel economy. Compared to other midsize sedans, the trunk space in the S60 is tight.
Base Price: $35,800
MPG: 24 city, 26 highway
Crash Test: 5 stars
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