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NADAguides.com Awards 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 'Car of the Month' for October
NADAguides.com, the leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, today announced that the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 has received the NADAguides.com "Car of the Month" award for October. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 embodies everything that is representative of luxury and is simply the most refined vehicle in its class. NADAguides.com selected the Mercedes E350 out of a competitive line-up of luxury sedans because the E350 proved to be in a class of its own.
"The performance attributes are surprisingly understated as the luxurious creature comforts of the interior engage the passengers through the integration of the world's best technological features," said Michael Caudill, auto expert, NADAguides.com. "On the open road, the E350 is the preeminent luxury sedan. With the right mix of sportiness and horsepower, matched perfectly with one of the most luxurious interior packages available today, the E350 is a class leader."
The interior of the E350 is highlighted by leather attributes from the leather-wrapped dashboard and steering wheel to the soft and supple leather seats. The Premium package E350 integrates heating and cooling on the front seats, as well as a back massage system for the driver. The hand polished wood trim and aluminum instrument cluster truly make the entire feel of the E350 timeless and sophisticated.
The navigation system uses a 7-inch high-mounted display giving the driver exceptional visibility. The system also comes with real-time traffic that is updated via GPS. The harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with Dolby Digital 5.1 provides great audio and also integrates Sirius Satellite Radio and an iPod/MP3 Media Interface. The Bluetooth offers clear and easy hands-free phone use as well.
The Mercedes-Benz E350 has a 3.5-liter, 24-valve aluminum V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower at 6,000 RPM. The 258 lb-ft of torque is quite docile in the normal automatic transmission mode, but when switched over to sport, the E350 comes alive. Whether in sport or normal mode, the 7-speed transmission is perfectly geared to the engine package for smooth driving.
Keeping the E350 firmly planted to the pavement are 245/40 R18 front and 265/35 R18 rear Continental all-season tires. The sport suspension also gives the E350 an aggressive stance and allows for greater performance while cornering. Mercedes uses a 3-link independent strut-type with stabilizer bar for the front and a 5-link independent with stabilizer bar for the rear.
Mercedes has been a global leader in bringing the newest safety innovations to market since its inception. In addition to a steel reinforced cabin with front and rear crumple zones, the E350 has many airbags including front and rear side window airbags, front side airbags, front dual stage airbags, driver and front passenger pelvic airbags, a driver-knee airbag and Mercedes' NECK-PRO active head restraints.
The starting price of the Mercedes-Benz E350 is $48,050, but the vehicle we tested included both the Premium and Sport Packages which loaded the car up with a host of great bonus features and bumped the price up to $56,385. The 4-year/50,000 mile warranty includes 24-hour roadside assistance and Mercedes-Benz's unparalleled maintenance system.
The NADAguides.com "Car of the Month" program is unique from any other review program in the automobile industry and provides consumers with expert commentary and practical information on the cars, trucks and SUVs they are shopping for. Selecting one vehicle per month, NADAguides.com announces the "Car of the Month" through a multi-media platform including an online video review, press release and a comprehensive blog post where consumers can provide additional commentary.