Admittedly, I've been smitten with the Mercedes Benz E-class station wagon through many of its generations. Other station wagon offerings on the market today come mostly from European brands—they are extremely popular in Europe, and there is also the relatively new Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The CTS Sport Wagon and the Audi A6 Avant are the closest in size to the E350, with the E's one slight advantage being the rear-facing third seat making it a 7-passenger.
I had an opportunity to get some good seat-time in a 2011 E350 4MATIC Wagon at the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Fall Rally. A new-generation of the wagon, joining its sedan, coupe and cabriolet siblings in the E-Class family, the E350 wagon is only offered with a 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 268 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive is standard and nicely integrated with the