2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review by Kelsey Mays

America's fickle regard for station wagons hasn't meant much to most luxury automakers, who've continued to offer a steady stream of wagons and wagonlike cars. The latest example is the Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic wagon, based on an E-Class that was redesigned a little over a year ago. Its arrival was all but certain: Of the nameplate's eight prior generations, four have included a wagon. I predict Wagon Five won't go down as a particularly memorable edition.

The E350 wagon brings some useful innovations, but its undersized cargo area and puzzling driving dynamics diminish the appeal.

As its name suggests, the E-Class wagon comes with a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive, in Sport or Luxury editions. Rear-wheel drive, a V-8 and a diesel V-6 Ч all available in other E-Class cars Ч weren't offered in the wagon as of publication. Click here to see the E-Class lineup compared, or here to compare 2011 and 2010 versions. I'll focus primarily on the E350 Sport wagon we evaluated. You can also check out our reviews of the coupe, sedan and convertible.

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Maximum gradient-climbing capability
For good road surface conditions, the maximum gradient-climbing capability is 100%, which corresponds to an approach/ departure angle of 45∞. Note that the vehicle's gradient-climbing capability ...

Warning and display messages in the multifunction display
Ц Activate ATTENTION ASSIST using the onboard computer (Y page 232). Symbol 1 appears in the multifunction display. Ц If necessary, take a break. Ц Press or to confirm the message. On l ...

Panic alarm
To activate: press button 1 for at least one second. An alarm sounds and the exterior lighting flashes. To deactivate: press button 1 again. or Insert the SmartKey into the ign ...