2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec

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The classy, cushy Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan has always been a great car – for our moms. But for 2014, the mid-size Benz range has gotten a smart facelift and a welcome interior refresh, bringing with it a new nose with a striking duo-brow LED light treatment and, on Sport models, aggressive front and rear bumpers. The tail lamps, too, have taken on an edgy glow, while the body sides have been smoothed out thanks to new rear door skins. It is a refresh so significant that Mercedes is calling it a redesign, and that in any case makes it far more fashionable for the next generation.

The interior has also been upgraded, if less dramatically, making the ambience both more sophisticated and luxurious, containing lots of great technology, too.

One particularly compelling E-Class model is the new-for-2014 E250 Bluetec, which is powered by a deliciously potent and quiet turbo diesel that combines press-you-into-the-seatback power with stunning fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. It may be the entry-level E-Class, but it makes absolutely zero compromises in terms of the luxury for which Mercedes-Benz is known.

Particularly in E250 form, the 2014 E-Class is a remarkable car from a remarkable company, one that feels fresher and more relevant than ever. And not just for our moms.

2013 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec

Base Price: $52,825 (including destination)

Power: 2.1-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder (195 hp, 369 lb-ft of torque)

Trannies: 7-speed automatic

Fuel Economy, city/hwy: 24/38 mpg

Or you could buy:

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Audi A6 TDI

BMW 535d

Renowned automotive journalist and gay car geek Steve Siler has turned his life-long love of cars into a fruitful and enthusiastic career traveling the world to test thousands of new vehicles as they are introduced. Siler is s regular contributor to Car and Driver Magazine, Edmunds.com,AutoTrader.com, AOL Autos and Yahoo! Autos, and also pioneered automotive writing for the GLBT community more than a decade ago.Steve Siler

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