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The “E” in 2009 Mercedes Benz E350 stands for “Einspritzung”, “fuel injection” in German. This does not separate the E-Class from the herd anymore, certainly not from the 2009 Mercedes Benz C300 – when it was being developed in the 1950′s, it was a big deal. Luckily, these days the E Class stands out for more reasons than that. How much does that count when you can opt for the more affordable C-Class?2009 e350.jpg

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In European countries, the Mercedes Benz E-Class is frequently used as
a taxi, ambulance car, or police cruiser. Its hardiness and spacious
qualities lend themselves to public service. The 2009 Mercedes Benz
E350 adds a generous burst of power, representing a leap forward from
earlier E-Class vehicles. When you want that power, all you need is to
request it with a dab at the accelerator and you will be furnished with
a big boost:  0-60 in just 6.7 seconds. There is the downfall of
electronic limiters that keep it from getting silly. All this and fuel
economy figures ranging from 29.1mpg in a sedate cruising setting to as
high as 40mpg on a trundle.

The 2009 Mercedes Benz C300 is a smaller vehicle, though not a midget
by any stretch of the imagination – it is, after all, a Mercedes-Benz.
It is also a bit less fuel-efficient than the E350, but capable of
greater power at a lower price.

Here’s another debate one may commonly find himself having at the dealer. To move up in chassis class and/or engine types. Can the C-Class provide everything in a sedan that an E-Class can only barely improve on?


2008 E-Class Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Mercedes-Benz
E320 Bluetec ($52,200); E350 ($51,200); E350 4Matic ($52,700); E350
4Matic wagon ($55,950); E550 ($59,700); E550 4Matic ($61,200); E63 AMG
($85,300); E63 AMG wagon ($86,050)
Engines: 210-hp
3.0-liter dohc 24-valve turbodiesel V6; 268-hp 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve
V6; 382-hp 5.5-liter dohc 48-valve V8; 507-hp 6.2-liter dohc 48-valve V8
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic; 7-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual-stage
front airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, front and rear
curtain-style head-protection airbags, active head restraints, seatbelt
pretensioners; Pre-Safe System, rollover sensor, antilock brakes (ABS)
with Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), traction
control, tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional): none
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Sindelfingen, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mercedes-Benz E550 sedan ($59,700)
Standard equipment: automatic
four-zone climate control, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
with multifunction controls, power windows with express up and down,
auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, glass sunroof,
10-way power driver and passenger seats with leather inserts and
three-position memory, cruise control, walnut trim, nine-speaker
surround-sound stereo with six-disc CD changer, Tele-aid emergency
communication system
Options as tested (MSRP): Sport
Package (N/C); Premium II ($4,770) includes Hands-Free Communication
System, DVD COMAND Navigation, Sirius Satellite Radio, power rear
window shade, Headlight Washing System, Bi-Xenon Active Light System,
cornering fog lights, Keyless Go, Active-Ventilated front seats;
Parktronic ($1,120); wood/leather steering wheel ($550); electronic
trunk closer ($530)
Destination charge: ($775)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $67,445
Layout: rear-wheel drive
Engine: 5.5-liter dohc 48-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 382 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 391 @ 2800-4800
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 15/22 mpg
Wheelbase: 112.4 in.
Length/width/height: 191.0/71.7/58.4 in.
Track, f/r: 62.1/61.9 in.
Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.1/57.2/41.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.8/57.2/35.6 in.
Cargo volume: 15.9 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, four-link, air springs, variable-rate gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r: independent, five link, air springs, variable-rate gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance: 3.6 in.
Curb weight: 3885 lbs.
Tires: 245/40R18
Brakes, f/r: vented disc/vented disc with ABS, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 21.1 gal.


2008 C-Class Model Line Overview
Model lineup: Mercedes-Benz C300; C350
Engines: 228-hp 2.8-liter V6; 268-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard): frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags; electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, Pre-Safe
Safety equipment (optional): none
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Sindelfingen, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport
Standard equipment: N/A
Options as tested (MSRP): N/A
Destination charge: N/A
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): N/A
Layout: rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 268 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 258 @ 2400
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: N/A
Wheelbase: 108.7 in.
Length/width/height: 180.4/69.7/57.0 in.
Track, f/r: 60.4/60.5 in.
Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.1/52.3/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.9/54.9/33.4 in.
Cargo volume: 17.6 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, coil springs, gas struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r: independent. five-link with coil springs, gas shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3498 lbs.
Tires: P225/40ZR-17 front; P245/40ZR-17 rear
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gal.

 
 
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