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2020 Mercedes-AMG E53: Subtle sophistication

The midsize luxury sedan flies under the radar a bit, with poise and grace.

Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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This is the 2020 Mercedes-AMG E53 sedan.

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If you want a full-out AMG experience, look to the AMG E63 S. The E53 is a bit more sedate.

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Under the hood is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, pushing out 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

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Power gets down to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

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The EQ Boost mild-hybrid system allows engine-free coasting, or "sailing" as Mercedes-Benz calls it. 

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EQ Boost can also get down with some fun, adding an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft into the mix.

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Hands-on driver assistance features like route-based adaptive cruise control, steering assist and lane-change assist are an extra $2,250.

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Unfortunately, the AMG E53 is still rocking the old COMAND infotainment system. Buyers may want to wait until 2021 when the new MBUX technology should come into the car.

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The 2020 Mercedes-AMG E53 starts at $74,795 including $995 for destination. However, the tester featured here comes to a whopping $97,370 including destination. 

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this self-assured sedan.

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