2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class  RealSafeCars85Safety Rating

#3 of 2012 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#18 of all 2012 vehicles

Pictured: 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The E-Class, a mainstay of Mercedes-Benz's lineup since 1994, is a three-row large sedan/wagon with seating up to 7. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. The E-Class has offered Android Auto since 2017 and Apple CarPlay since 2016. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the E-Class packs some oomph. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is above average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a score of 85, implying a 0.036% chance of driver death (3.2% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.036% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.1122%, meaning the average driver has a 0.036% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.1122% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is 24% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is 29% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

9864INFINITI M-37Hyundai EquusAcura RLM.-B. R-ClassAcura ZDXVolkswagen TouaregBMW 5 SeriesAcura MDXM.-B. E-ClassAudi A6Lincoln MKSVolvo C70Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 64 to 98. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is safer than the 2012 INFINITI M-37, the 2012 Hyundai Equus, the 2012 Acura RL, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class, the 2012 Acura ZDX, the 2012 Volvo C70, the 2012 Lincoln MKS, and the 2012 Audi A6 and less safe than the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg. It is about as safe as the 2012 Acura MDX and the 2012 BMW 5 Series.

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