2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe review: Astonishingly nimble

Whether or not you like the looks, there’s no denying the GLE53’s performance.

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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe is surprisingly fun, but I need to get the styling out of the way first. No matter what your feelings are on crossover-coupes — here at Roadshow we like to call them “coupeovers” — we can all agree that the new GLE53 Coupe is much better looking than the previous-generation GLE43 Coupe. This is partially thanks to the fact that the old GLE was never designed with the coupe variant in mind at first, but this new generation was. The new Coupe’s roofline is sleeker, the proportions are nicer and the rear end as a whole just looks a lot better.


  • Fantastic levels of grip
  • Shockingly fun to drive
  • All the tech you could ask for
  • Greatly improved styling

Don’t Like

  • Choppy ride
  • Grabby brakes
  • Gets expensive quickly

Mercedes only offers the new GLE Coupe in AMG forms, with the GLE53 getting the requisite Panamericana grille with an aggressive front bumper, body-color wheel arches, quad exhaust tips and a little lip spoiler. My GLE53 test car is finished in the $1,515 Designo Diamond White color, which looks nice

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Second stimulus check: When the IRS might send a new direct payment and who could get it first

How soon could your second stimulus check come? We lay out some possible dates from the time the bill is passed to when your money could actually arrive.

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Is there a chance that a second stimulus check could be sent out this year? Negotiators didn’t make much headway to pass a new stimulus bill in the past month. But the Senate will reconvene this week and the House of Representatives returns next week, renewing hope that the two sides may come back to the table to finalize another direct payment. Both the White House and both chambers of Congress have made statements in favor of sending a new round of stimulus money to people who meet the qualifications.

If a new bill passes or executive action is signed — the latter could allocate emergency pandemic programs for stimulus money — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the IRS can mobilize payments out to the public within a week.

We can begin to predict when the IRS might send out checks and who might receive a priority payment, depending on how everything moves forward in Washington in the near term — read on for more information. You can estimate

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