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Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2017
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 S550 sedan AWD Automatic

The S-Class is brimming with features and qualities that make it stand out among luxury cars. A powerful 4.7-liter turbo V8 provides effortless acceleration and delivered 18 mpg overall in our tests. The S550 brings a whole host of advanced technology, including the ability to follow the road and stop by itself in an emergency. The ride is very plush and steady--the best we've ever tested--and the cabin is ultrahushed. Along with the seats and steering wheel, the door and center armrests are heated as well. Even though the S-Class is large and posh, handling agility is commendable. Many controls are overly complicated, however. A coupe version is available, as is a plug-in hybrid. Reliability has been well below average.

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2014-2016
2014 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 S63 AMG Sedan

Long considered the benchmark for full-size luxury cars, this version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class solidly lives up to the model's reputation. This 2014 model offers a host of advanced technologies, while upping the luxury ante on many levels. The comprehensive suite of active safety features employs a battery of radar sensors and cameras. Features include active cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warnings and mitigation, along with attention assist ' to determine when the driver is drowsy. There is even an optional fragrance dispenser, which operates automatically at pre-determined intervals to keep the interior of the car smelling nice.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $88,925 - $107,300 $83,150 - $100,400
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2015 $72,125 - $126,475 $67,390 - $118,390
2014 $65,200 - $95,850 $60,950 - $89,670
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2007-2013
2007 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2013 Trim Shown: 2013 Others

The 2007 redesign included a powerful 5.5-liter V8 and a secondary control system that is a bit easier to use, though still complicated. The S-Class is usually the first to receive Mercedes' latest technological and safety gadgets, giving us mere mortals a glimpse of things to come. This tradition continued with this iteration of the flagship sedan. Practically every feature is power-operated and the car's over the road performance is outstanding. A diesel version arrived in 2011. Running updates brought a hybrid, as well as a newer driver interaction system that got more complicated. All-wheel drive, advanced safety technology and a number of uber-powerful V8 and V12 engines are offered within this model range.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $37,200 - $64,425 $34,300 - $60,375
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2012 $30,250 - $53,750 $27,380 - $50,060
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2011 $25,375 - $49,500 $22,440 - $45,765
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2010 $20,475 - $38,250 $17,575 - $34,885
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2009 $21,000 - $70,625 $17,980 - $63,165
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2008 $18,150 - $53,475 $15,150 - $47,640
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2007 $15,300 - $38,350 $12,285 - $34,240
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2000-2006
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2006 Trim Shown: 2006 4MATIC Sedan

The S-Class has always been stately and luxurious. Available in standard and long-wheelbase forms, it has a roomy interior and a large trunk. The ride is comfortable and quiet, and handling is commendable. Engine choices range from a strained inline Six to a more appropriate V8 and even a powerful V12. A new, more advanced S-Class was introduced for 2000. This iteration is much better. It handles nimbly and has excellent ride quality. The CL-Class coupes are essentially two-door S-Class models with altered styling.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $7,575 - $22,875 $4,905 - $19,750
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2005 $7,425 - $10,450 $4,755 - $7,635
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2004 $6,550 - $9,325 $3,945 - $6,570
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2003 $5,750 - $8,425 $3,200 - $5,720
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2002 $5,075 - $7,100 $2,540 - $4,470
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2001 N/A N/A
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2000 N/A N/A
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