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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Midsize

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC Sedan

Vehicle Type: Midsize Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 1

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $77,900
Price as Tested: $92,990

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 3.7 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 24.8 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 10% to 80% in 32 minutes
EPA City MPGe86
EPA Highway MPGe86
EPA Combined MPGe86
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 260

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The midsize Mercedes EQE sedan is an EV alternative to the automaker's gasoline-powered E-Class sedan. New for 2023, it's built on the same dedicated EV platform as Mercedes-Benz's larger EQS sedan. Our test vehicle was configured with dual electric motors (288 hp) and all-wheel drive. The EQE is a luxurious, tech-heavy vehicle that, for the most part, fulfills its purpose. Its drivetrain delivers an abundance of smooth power and torque and, courtesy of Mercedes—Benz's selective damping suspension, a quiet, refined ride. Maneuverability, aided by optional rear-wheel steering, is excellent. The EQE's cabin is, unsurprisingly, replete with ultra-plush materials; fit and finish are first-rate. Standard features include excellent LED headlights with adaptive high beams, a panoramic sunroof, LED ambient interior lighting, and 170-kW DC fast charging. Remarkably for a car with an MSRP north of $90K, some features—a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats—are extra-cost options. That's also true for some enhanced advanced safety features, which aren’t standard on the base Premium trim. The EQE also exhibited a few shortcomings. Its cutting-edge infotainment system has a 12.8-inch touch screen with good resolution but requires a steep learning curve, and rear visibility is compromised by the sloping roofline

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Pros and Cons


  • Good power and torque
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Luxurious fit and finish


  • Infotainment system is nonintuitive, difficult to use
  • Poor rear visibility due to sloping roofline
  • Somewhat unattractive non-traditional exterior styling

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 5434.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 196.9 / 77.2 / 59.5
Wheelbase (in): 122.8
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli P Zero
Front and rear tire size: 255/40 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: Dual electric motors
Electric motor horsepower: 288

Test Data

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Handling: 7.50
Quality and Drivability: 8.75

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