David S. Wallens Editorial Director
Aug. 10, 2017 1:56 p.m.
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A Mercedes-Benz is an animal with few equals. I don’t mean that no one else makes a car that’s as good, but a Benz is a Benz and nothing else delivers that unique feeling.

The E400 starts at $61,400, but ours was kitted out with an amazing amount of optional equipment. We sat in heated and ventilated seats with massage features, a lowered suspension and even AMG body styling. Those extras—plus many, many more—brought the sticker price for our test car up to $84,785.

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fanfoy Dork
Aug. 10, 2017 2:43 p.m.

Being poor sucks...

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
Aug. 10, 2017 2:51 p.m.
fanfoy wrote: Being poor sucks...

Totally does. This isn't a track car or an autocrosser or a Challenge entry, but you could drive it everywhere, anytime. (We drove it to see Cindy Wilson of the B-52's perform, so not sure if that's punk rock enough or not.)

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
Aug. 10, 2017 2:55 p.m.

By the way, Cindy Wilson solo doesn't sound at all like the B-52's. Still, good show. We wound up in the front row, and she took my hand while stepping down off the stage. This isn't my video, but it gives you an idea of what the show was like.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/mDN4U9lN6Io

mazdeuce MegaDork
Aug. 10, 2017 3:05 p.m.

How are the massaging seats? I think I need massaging seats in my life.

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
Aug. 10, 2017 3:11 p.m.
mazdeuce wrote: How are the massaging seats? I think I need massaging seats in my life.

Pretty awesome.

racerdave600 UltraDork
Aug. 10, 2017 4:59 p.m.

I've been fortunate to drive a couple of newer Mercedes lately, I've been impressed. At least the couple I've driven feel better than their BMW rivals. I've always thought of them as being a well built Buick, but perhaps I've been wrong.

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
Aug. 11, 2017 8:05 p.m.
racerdave600 wrote: I've been fortunate to drive a couple of newer Mercedes lately, I've been impressed. At least the couple I've driven feel better than their BMW rivals. I've always thought of them as being a well built Buick, but perhaps I've been wrong.

I hate to use the cliche about a Benz feeling like it's carved from a solid chunk of aluminum, but it's true. My neighbors have always had at least one Benz. There's a reason.

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