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2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 is a no-nonsense, high-caliber luxury car

If you want a traditional luxury-car experience, and a brilliant one at that, look no further than Mercedes' redesigned E-Class.

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In a segment where stalwarts have waged war on one another for decades, with very few interlopers genuinely working their way into the mix, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has pulled off an impressive feat

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In what amounts to a strong mid-cycle refresh, the latest E-Class picks up a number of tricks that makes it the best midsize luxury sedan by a country mile. 

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The 2021 E450 starts at $63,050 including destination, with my well-equipped tester ringing in at a hefty $76,140.

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It's competitive with the two other segment stalwarts, the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, but the Merc does the best job of prioritizing driving opulence.

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However, there's a new competitor from farther east: the Genesis G80.

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This redesigned Korean luxury sedan is damn impressive, giving Mercedes a run for its money in outright plushness and breadth of available technology.

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While the Genesis lacks the cachet of the three usual players, it deserves a serious look from anyone who wants a capital-L luxury experience.

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But even with its newfound (and closest) rival, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is handily the king of its segment. 

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With the best tech the automaker has to offer, a car that was already mighty luxurious has grown even more so, giving its occupants a top-tier ride that offers serenity separated from the mad world outside.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E450.

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