2022 Kia EV6 GT Line RWD is an Impressive EV Crossover!

There is certainly a stubborn stigma in the automotive community, especially among automotive enthusiasts, against EVs and crossovers. As those with gasoline running through our veins, we love to pretend like we like our cars brutal, unreliable, loud, uncomfortable, uncompromising, and perpetually smelling like an old leather jacket someone left at an even older gas station. The convenient, roomy, accessible, and reliable Crossover is a natural enemy of the stubborn diehard “car people.” Make that Crossover an EV? Rage ensues!

So, it came as a surprise to our entire team that all of us, from the diehard gearheads to the modern automotive connoisseurs at Behind the Wheel absolutely fell in love with the Kia EV6! Over the past few years, Kia has absolutely been stepping up its product game, evolving its image from a last-resort discount brand for budget-challenged shoppers, to a desirable counter option for trusted economy brands.  The EV6 is yet another hit in a star-studded Kia lineup that is full of excellent offerings punching above their weight class. 

The exterior is not just well-balanced, but downright beautiful. The proportions and lines take all the awkwardness out of the Crossover Sedan/SUV middle child: the very chic and polished look is extenuated by the sweeping, contouring taillight bar, which is reminiscent of the exotic Aston Martin DBX, while the sloped coupe-like roof hints at the EV6’s athletic ability.   

Playing around with the Kia car configurator online, there is a plethora of color options available across all model ranges, with select “special” colors available at a very reasonable up-charge of just under $500; two zeros short of what the aforementioned Aston Martin DBX would ask for. The interior is similarly well-designed with a futuristic and sporty look that features vegan leather upholstery for the eco-conscious driver and is extremely spacious for a group of average-sized adults despite not being a very large SUV. Interior design options are tasteful, though the best one by far is the black automotive suede with neon green piping that is available on the range-topping AWD GT.

Some of the great technology features included massive LCD screens, which added to the modern, high-tech feel, and contributed value to the 360-degree camera, which made for an experience similar to having a third-person overhead view in a racing video game. We often felt like there was a drone following us around based on the clear, real-time overhead footage to show the EV6 from all angles in 3D. Other great and futuristic features include the heads-up display (HUD), which provides route guidance and safety information, projected right onto the windshield. In our opinion, Kia’s HUD is superior to comparable heads-up display options for many higher-end vehicles like BMW and Cadillac. 

The EV6 also did not disappoint when it came to smart driving features such as automatic emergency braking, and automatic assist. The feature that impressed us the most, however, is the Remote Parking Assist, which will automatically park the vehicle for you when you’re not inside it. This feature comes in handy when entering and exiting tight spaces like compact spots or cluttered garages. 

Our test vehicle was the rear-wheel drive (RWD) version from the GT line, which offers a reasonable 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. Although 225 is plenty for city driving, the all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions of both the base and GT line trim levels bump up the power to 320 hp and 446 lb-ft. of torque, which we would recommend for a bit more fun when stomping on the right pedal. If stomping on the right pedal is your cup of tea, however, we recommend going for the range-topping GT AWD, which packs supercar-worthy 576 horsepower with 545 lb-ft. of torque, good for 0-60 in an eye-blinking 3.3 seconds. 

With an estimated range of 310 miles on our test car, the GT-line RWD, is very convenient and comparable in range on a full tank of a similar gas-powered vehicle. The EV6 can also be used as a backup battery on camping trips or if the power goes out, which is a great perk for any adventurers who don’t want to risk being unreachable during their wilderness escapades, and need a place to plug in a laptop or other electronic device. 

As far as EV Crossovers go, starting at $48,500, the Kia EV6 is a compelling option for any motorist. Even our hardcore automotive enthusiasts universally loved this new offering from Kia. Beautiful design, inside and out, excellent power in the higher ranges, and an impressive cost-to-value ratio make the Kia EV6 an excellent choice for the environmentally-conscious and diehard gasoline gearhead alike. 

Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak is Our Favorite Display of Ridiculousness

Staying true to the uncompromisingly-powerful and truly retro nature of the Challenger line, the 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak is the dictionary definition of going out with a bang. The last hurrah of what is arguably the last true “American muscle car” is an incontestable powerhouse and instant gasoline-powered classic. 

So, why the long faces and sad goodbyes? In the era of efficient, small-displacement turbocharged engines, hybridization and a growing number of competitive EV offerings from almost every automotive brand, a howling-and-growling monster pushrod V8 is somewhat of a dinosaur. That, plus the ever-tightening emissions and Hybrid/EV production and sales regulations by California and the European Union, two of the world’s top automotive markets, means the dinosaur must go the way of the dinosaur and be relegated to history. 

But that is in the future. For 2023, this bad boy is alive and well, rolling off the showroom floor and celebrating every minute of its gas-guzzling, ridiculous existence! Let’s start with the name: a title of a vehicle that includes “hell,” “challenge,” “red eyes” and “breaking out of jail” all in the same name belongs on an 8-year-old boy’s crayon drawing; the fact that this is a serious title of a production-ready “adult” car is, yes, ridiculous, and also ultimately endearing, and just plain awesome! Regardless of how you feel about the name, this monster is worthy of every bit of its ridiculousness, earning its classification as part of the Dodge Jailbreak family both for its fully customizable package, and for its cheeky fist bump to its soon-to-be outlaw status. 

The main reason for this 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak’s “my fists are lethal weapons” persona is what it’s hiding under the hood. The big car and the long hood barely fit the absolutely massive 6.2-Liter HEMI V8 and its 2.7-Liter Supercharger, combining for a, yes, ridiculous, 8.9 liters of power! Eight truly is a lucky number here, because all that engine cranks out a whopping 807 horsepower, funneled through a TorqueFlite ® 8-speed Automatic transmission, while six-piston Brembo® brakes attempt to corral all those ponies. 

All that power is not just for bragging rights. Rolling off the showroom floor, this Jailbreak can do 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, and blow the doors off most production cars with a quarter mile run in 10.6 seconds topping out at 129 mph. Longer drag strip? This Jailbreak’s got you covered with a 203-mph top speed – yes, that means outrunning and outgunning most Ferraris, with all that ear-to-ear grin fun starting at under $90k. 

The 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak comes standard with the bulging widebody arch extensions and wider wheels/tires; a setup that improves handling due to the wider stance and bigger contact patch, while creating a more aggressive and athletic appearance when compared to the narrow-body Challenger. 

Playing with the “build and spec” configurator on Dodge’s website is an excellent first glimpse at the sheer ridiculousness of the Jailbreak. The interactive options menu is full of crazy colors, stripes, mix-and-match options for steering wheels, interior leather, seat belt colors, floor mats, and much more; plenty to bring out the wide-eyed kid in even the most adult-and-serious potential buyer. Some options do call for a bit of good-natured eye-rolling: Having the factory paint your entire Challenger any number of special and iconic Mopar® colors such as Triple Nickel, Smoke Show, F8 Green or Frostbite will set you back $95 – yes, we didn’t miss any zeroes on that. However, painting your brake calipers to match costs six times as much. Want to delete the rear seats to make room for a roll cage or simply to save weight for the drag strip? Be prepared to pay Dodge one dollar… that’s a serious option, and the actual price: we are not kidding. While the interior and exterior design feel very familiar as the Challenger has been around for more than a decade, owners will appreciate improved interior components including more leather, various interior trim options including Carbon Fiber, and an Alcantara® steering wheel and headliner, which enhances the motorsports feel of this instant classic.

The sheer ridiculousness of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak is what makes it such a compelling option. There are no rational, levelheaded, sensible reasons to purchase an 807-horsepower, gas-guzzling supercharged V8 monster; especially in 2023. Perhaps in this lack of sensibility that this Challenger truly shines: when there are no logical reasons, we are left with emotions and feelings, and it is out of sheer desire for something outrageous, for something gratuitous, and something that will likely never be again, do we love, recommend and want this ridiculous car so much.

The 2022 Mercedes C300 is Like Setting Foot Inside a Starship Cruiser!

It is always exciting when Mercedes-Benz gets a new addition to its robust family of offerings. The C Class has always been one of our favorites as it is a nimble, smaller luxury car that often comes with some of the most fun drivetrain options in the German automaker’s lineup through Mercedes’ in-house tuning and motorsports magicians at AMG. Testing the all-new C300, we immediately noted a more refined and sculpted exterior than previous generations, making it a lot of fun to show off while cruising through the streets.

The biggest notable difference, however, is the interior, which, according to our team’s resident Trekkie, looks and operates like something straight out of the Starship Enterprise. The spacious cabin centers around a large 12-inch touch screen display, which controls nearly every aspect of vehicle operation. It’s partnered with another large digital display for the instrument cluster as well. In this latest C Class installment, the cabin somehow looks and feels more spacious and bigger than ever, even though the car is relatively the same as previous generations, which means Mercedes has done an excellent job improving the overall packaging.

Star Trek references aside, we immediately fell in love with the modern design. The freshly-redesigned steering wheel comes with with stylish aluminum trim and features touch controls so you can make adjustments to your surroundings safely without your hands ever leaving the wheel. The minimalistic design keeps your dashboard clutter-free by only presenting necessary features when needed, which also adds to the futuristic space ship-esque feel of the vehicle overall.

The car itself is very comfortable to spend time in. The seats have a unique shape that we haven’t encountered before, but upon testing them out, we found them to be both plush and supportive, making them a great option for drives across town or across the country. Besides their unique and comfortable design, the seats are also available with heating and cooling options, which are great to combat the scorching summer months or the icy winter season. Mercedes-Benz’s MB-Tex leather substitute upholstery is standard, but you also have the option to upgrade to leather if that’s more your style.

The interior also offers some style choice with an assortment of trim options, including our favorite for this vehicle: Fineline Anthracite wood, which gives the interior a very classy and sophisticated look. Inside the car, you can also enjoy an intelligent voice-control system that uses AI to learn your voice and habits, and even grows smarter over time… notice how we keep coming back to Star Trek? To activate you simply say “hey Mercedes,” and it can pretty much control everything in the vehicle, including temperature, navigation, radio, and other preferences.

We really enjoyed the futuristic features and feel of the new Mercedes-Benz C300. While the brand-new C Class is currently only available with one engine choice, the 255 horsepower turbo 4, we are confident that more engine options, including our highly-anticipated AMG versions, will become available in the next months. It was a lot of fun to drive and felt very up-to-date in terms of technology, which was both fun and useful. We would absolutely recommend this car for anyone who likes a clean, minimalistic look and feel, and of course for any Trekkies out there who want to feel like they’re navigating the Starship Enterprise!

The Hyundai Palisade Delivers a Luxury Presence for an Economy Price!

While the Hyundai Palisade has been on the market for a while, after taking it for a test drive, we can confidently assert that this model range has aged very well. We loved the spacious feel, and how it delivers a totally luxurious experience for a surprisingly economical price. When our team played the “guess the price” game for this SUV, most of us guessed well above the actual cost, which further attests to its overall value. The Palisade starts at only $35k, while ticking every box can still land you under $50k.

The Palisade comes standard with a 291 horsepower V6. Although it will not squash you in your seat like an AMG 63s offering at 3x the price, the engine is plenty adequate to move the SUV, and even makes for a fun drive. The standard seating fits up to 7 passengers; the middle row can be configured with captain’s chairs or a bench seat, which is great for versatility depending on your passenger arrangement.

Our test vehicle was the Calligraphy version, which, besides sounding about as strange as Range Rover’s Autobiography trim level, features exquisite Nappa leather seats all around and made us feel very luxurious during the test drive. This SUV also features remote start through the key, and even allows you to roll the vehicle forwards or backwards via the remote, which is a great feature for tight parking spots or a cluttered garage where you’d otherwise have to shimmy into a half-open door.

The cabin feels very luxurious, especially in relation to the pricepoint. It comes equipped with lots of safety equipment to give drivers peace of mind, which is great for busy parents with noisy kiddos distracting them from the backseats. We were especially impressed with the innovative blind spot cameras that will show what’s next to you while on the highway right from within the digital instrument cluster; a very smart feature and trademark of Hyundai vehicles.

The Palisade’s large, panoramic moon roof, heated/cooled seats and a heated steering wheel are all comfort features typically seen in luxury SUVs high above Palisade’s pricepoint. Our Hyundai was also equipped with a Harmon Kardon premium sound system, another marquee of luxury vehicles.

The Palisade is an excellent example of Hyundai’s Renaissance; building reliable, attractive cars packed with luxury features but missing the eyebrow-raising high price tag. It drives very nicely for its segment and is a reliable choice if you’re on the market for a designated commute, soccer practice and school warrior. The Palisade’s platform and engine-sharing cousin, the Kia Telluride, is one of the most desirable SUVs currently on the market, making the Palisade an excellent choice against competitors and even versus much higher-priced SUVs.

In fact, when a friend asked our team for a recommendation on an SUV we were quick to recommend the Palisade. He took us on our word and bought one!

The Audi SQ8 is an Athletic & Comfortable Luxury SUV

At first glance, we loved the modern styling of this SUV. Both the interior and exterior offer a sleek, contemporary look that made us feel like we were transported into the future while cruising around town. The steering feedback offered through the wheel provided a comfortable resistance that also contributed to a more engaging driving experience. The rimless, coupe-style windows give the driver and passengers the feeling that they are riding in a trendy sports car instead of a spacious SUV that can fit the entire family.

The “S” in the SQ8 name turns even monotonous daily commutes into fun, stimulating drives. Under the hood lurks an aggressive 32 valve turbocharged 4.0 L V8 cranking out 500 horsepower, and 568 lb-ft of torque. Managing all that power is a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic gear box which responds very well to throttle inputs. The adaptable suspension gives the SQ8 an ability to hug corners with precision, while also delivering a comfortable, surprisingly-soft ride when cruising. As it should be with all luxury SUVs, leather seats are standard. Interior trim packages create an excellent variety from sporty-aggressive to stately, with choices of aluminum, wood, or carbon fiber. SQ8’s optional Luxury Package adds massaging seats, upgrades the headliner to automotive suede, and adds additional leather for a true executive SUV. Another box worth ticking if you are a fan of big sound is the optional 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. It came with our test car, and rocking out to a variety of the team’s favorite tunes was a blast.

Our test car was priced at well over $100k, but in the world of luxury SUVs, considering the performance, luxury, and styling, it still seems like a bargain. Our test of the SQ8 included a 500-mile road trip, which was impressively comfortable, and back pain-free. The seats in the SQ8 are amongst the most comfortable in the segment.

Slotted between the entry-level Q8 and the world-class, exotic-like performance of the RSQ8, The SQ8 is a great luxury vehicle with some spectacular features and robust power to make any drive an absolute pleasure. Anyone and in the market for a luxury SUV; especially travelers who spend a lot of time on the road, should give the SQ8 a serious consideration.

The Mercedes GLE is WHERE Old-School Luxury Meets Modern Convenience!

The first thing we noticed about the Mercedes GLE was that it’s the perfect size for an SUV, with a spacious interior that feels as big as it does comfortable, but it’s compact enough that it’s easy to zip around town and park. The outstanding visibility made parallel parking a breeze. We loved the old-school luxury feeling of the Mercedes GLE; a standard well-established by decades of luxurious offerings from Mercedes-Benz. While the style and feel of the Mercedes GLE is all old-school flair, the technology it comes with is hyper-modern while also being intuitive and easy to use for even the most technologically-challenged, flip-phone-in-2022-owning individual. With large dual digital displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment systems, the technology options for this SUV are some of the best in the business.

Although many may say that “beautiful SUV” is an oxymoron, we truly love the GLE’s subtle athletic lines and attractive proportions. Such timeless design we guess will age well over the years, making this generation desirable for a long time in the pre-owned market. The massaging seats are a nice touch for anyone hoping to relax on the commute home after a long day of work, especially when combined with the effortlessness of the GLE’s drivability. This mid-size luxury SUV offering comes with a choice of a whapping 5 different powertrains: our test car was the 450 4MATIC with a 362 horsepower, Inline 3.0L 6 cylinder turbo mated to a hybrid drive system to increase fuel economy, which is great for managing power output and reducing pain at the pump.

The interior is beautiful, like the exterior, is timeless in its design. The standard upholstery is Mercedes-Benz’s durable MB-Tex; a material that looks and feels like leather without the upkeep issues. If it’s genuine cowhide or nothing for your choice of motoring, real leather can be equipped at a small premium. The GLE is also available with an acoustic comfort package, which dramatically decreases road and engine noise to give you a near-silent ride, even at speed on the highway. It also comes with an optional third row seat, which is great for anyone who occasionally needs extra seating for group trips, but doesn’t want the bulkiness and gas guzzling of full-size SUV.

The overall drive is very trademark Mercedes-Benz: supple, smooth steering inputs combined with a silky-smooth power delivery is perfect for long trips or cross-country drives that won’t leave you feeling fatigued. While sportier options of the GLE are available in the AMG range, our test car was certainly a vehicle you could enjoy for a more leisurely ride, and is ideal for occasions that leave you in bumper-to-bumper traffic due to its comfort and the technology features that practically allow the car to drive itself, provided that you continuously monitor the system and do not take your eyes off the road. Easily adjust the settings to use active stop-and-go assist and lane keeping assist to kick back and enjoy a semi-automated ride.

We really enjoyed testing this vehicle and found it to be comfortable, beautiful, and contemporary. Overall it’s a great choice for anyone who prioritizes style, comfort, and quality on their daily drive.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Has the Perfect Ultra-Luxury Feel Wrapped in a High-Tech Package!

The Ioniq 5, the sleek, new EV compact SUV from Hyundai, takes a departure from the company’s design conventions to deliver a truly unique, futuristic, almost cyberpunk-like design. The team at Behind the Wheel unanimously loved every line, and every angle; a design that brilliantly challenges standard designs, while also maintaining a polished and “finished” look absent from some daring automotive designs.

The Ioniq 5 backs up its stunning presence with hot hatchback performance offering up to 320 horsepower converted to blistering off-the-line performance courtesy of EV’s instant torque. While a lot of EVs lack the analog, responsive feel of fuel-powered sports cars, we found the Ioniq 5 to be surprisingly fun and nimble on a spirited drive. For those who just don’t want the driving pleasure to end, up to 303 miles of range are nicely comparable with full tank ranges of comparable gas-powered vehicles. With ample seating space for 5 people, the Ioniq 5 also has plenty of cargo room by folding the rear seats down, making it the perfect choice for families, or for transporting the odd piece of furniture.

The interior design matches up brilliantly with the daring exterior to deliver a modern, sleek and futuristic feel, while remaining intuitive and easy-to-use. There are two large digital displays that control almost vehicle function. Fans of analog switches wouldn’t be left behind either; Hyundai left a few tactile feedback buttons for easy access without getting lost in multiple steps of a digital menu. Our test vehicle also featured premium materials throughout the cabin, which made for a very luxurious and refined interior experience. The large, panoramic sunroof also gives a very spacious feeling and allows in plenty of natural light while on the road.

In addition to not having to listen to the drone of a gasoline-powered powerplant, the Ioniq 5 is very well-insulated, offering an almost stealth-like silence, cocooning the driver and passengers away from the outside world. Our staff quickly dubbed the “ninja car” due to its noiseless driving experience.

The charging experience, a pain-point that typically makes or breaks a decision to go EV, was also pleasantly convenient, with charging capabilities allowing the battery to go from 10% to 80% in under 20 minutes.

This compact SUV also features regenerative breaking, which helps recuperate lost power while the brakes are applied, adding to the longevity of the battery charge. The Ioniq 5 is available with 120-volt home charging outlets, which means you can use the car as a battery to power devices on the go, during a camping trip, or in case inclement weather causes a power outage in your area.

The Ioniq 5 also comes with suite of appropriately-high-tech driving features, including lane change assist and lane keep assist, which, combined with smart cruise control and forward collision avoidance assist, help keep you on the road with semi-autonomous driving.

The strange backwards-turning gear lever took some getting used to, but any Ioniq 5 owner will easily adjust and find it intuitive after some practice.

In a head-to-head against its biggest segment competitors, the Ford Mach-E and the Volkswagen ID4, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 stood out to us for carrying more standard equipment, and just generally being better equipped than it’s American and German rivals, all at a lower base MSRP. Overall. this is a great vehicle for anyone on the market for a cool, sporty, and spacious

electric vehicle that has great features, offers excellent utility, top value, and… who can possibly forget the gorgeous looks?

The 2022 Ford Expedition is a Massive SUV that is a Massive Value!

The 2022 Ford Expedition could make a quarry dump truck feel self-conscious about its size. It’s easy to feel large and in charge behind the wheel of this behemoth, but despite of its size, this Ford is surprisingly easy to drive. It has great visibility, and its surround camera system makes parking a breeze.

As you’d expect from a full-size SUV like this one, the 3-row seating fits 7 adults very comfortably, with plenty of room left over for cargo. If you are planning on towing a trailer, a boat, or an aircraft carrier, the 3.5-Liter EcoBoost 6-cylinder paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission delivers a very muscular 470 lb-ft of torque. For two or more aircraft carriers, there is an optional high-output engine that would deliver up to 510 lb-ft of torque, giving you a maximum towing capacity of close to 10,000 pounds.

While previous Ford Expeditions were impressive, the 2022 is a serious upgrade. It drives better than previous generations, and the exterior is more refined. Additionally, the interior feels much more high-tech, featuring a gigantic touch-screen display on the dashboard which controls entertainment, navigation, and climate control.

We would recommend this car for families because it can haul everyone and all their toys with ease due to its massive size, though the second set of captain’s chairs make it great for entertaining friends as well. 

This Ford Expedition is also amongst the best value for large, full-sized SUVs since it starts around $53,000. Overall, we’d say this is a great vehicle for anyone who enjoys a lot of space but still wants a capable and easy-to-drive vehicle.

BMW M440i Coupe: the Perfect Sports Coupe Under $100,000!

BMW’s 3 series (now 4 series for coupes) carries a multi-decade legacy of excellent, fun, sporty luxury vehicles. Although the 3/4 series has grown in heft over the years, the technology and horsepower has kept up well to deliver a smile from ear to ear on a spirited drive. We loved the sporty ride that felt athletic yet comfortable for daily commutes or road trips.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter twin turbo inline 6, with plenty of displacement to produce low-end torque, while the twin scrolls help at the top range to pump out a healthy 382 horsepower. For this BMW, a small, 48-volt electric hybrid to give the vehicle even more torque at low RPM, and effectively reducing any noticeable turbo lag.

Weekend track enthusiasts might prefer the 473-horsepower engine, beefier suspension, and more powerful brakes of the 4 series flagship BMW M4, however, the M440i is more street-focused, which makes for a smoother daily driver. In addition to retaining the sporty feel, the M440i feels designed with comfort in mind, making it a great choice for drivers who spend a lot of time on the road. While a bunch of track junkies like our Behind the Wheel team may still prefer lean towards the M4, the merits of the M440i are plentiful, especially considering the price point. Fully loaded at around $67,000, the M440i is significantly less than the M4, and still comes decked out with many of the same goodies.

Our test car dazzled with beautiful metallic green paint paired with cognac brown seats and accented with especially carbon fiber trim pieces, which gave it a very unique European look. We enjoyed driving it around town, and even got to experience it on a short road trip; it delivered on comfort the whole way and still had more to give as soon as we eyed a windy road.

The throaty purr of the engine was music to our ears as we cruised around town, while the surprisingly-ample rear seat legroom, typically pitiful in driver-centric coupes in this class, was more than enough for 6-foot+ editor to comfortably enjoy not calling “shotgun” on time. The pain at the pump is minimal for the M440i, at 34 miles to the gallon. 

Rear seat latch anchor points in the backseats were a great touch for our most junior editors, and a welcome addition for the two track dads on our team.

Overall, the M440i a great option for car enthusiast commuters due to its exceptional comfort, and a fun sporty ride for anyone in the market for a luxury coupe.

The Mercedes E Class is Where Timeless Design Meets Modern Luxury

The most iconic executive car in the world, the Mercedes E Class, is a lesson in refinement. This gorgeous road star pulls up with all the presence of an ultra-luxury cruiser, and the interior is sure to inspire feelings of power and control with its high-tech elements and stunning design. Featuring a sophisticated build, and the most current technology available, this car was definitely designed with the boss in mind.

One of our favorite things about this car was the large display panels and futuristic steering wheel. You’re also able to talk to the car just by saying: “Hey, Mercedes,” just like you would with Siri on your iPhone, you can adjust the climate control, radio, navigation, or even turn on your massaging seats.

While the E Class’s bigger brother, the S Class, is the ultimate flagship symbol of the executive class car, we liked the E Class for its more compact size and ease of drive when compared with the S Class, which we all agreed would be more fun with a chauffeur. You can also get almost everything the S Class features on a fully-loaded E, so in addition to being smaller and more driver-centric, it is equipped with all the goodies you’d otherwise miss.

The backseat is nice, and our team members who rode in it were plenty comfortable, however everyone agreed that the spot to be in was the driver’s seat. With its buttery-smooth ride, and driver-first features, the Mercedes E Class was an absolute pleasure to drive.

The Mercedes E Class will fit any executive budget, ranging from $53,000 up to well over $100,000 based on different horsepower variants and ticked boxes on options sheets. Obviously the higher-end models come with more horsepower, more technology, and more luxuries, but even the base model E Class will deliver a smooth ride with a grandiose presence.

Overall, the Mercedes E class is probably our favorite Mercedes sedan, and is hands-down the best daily driver at this price point. 10/10 would recommend!