Mercedes-Benz S-Class


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The redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship sedan pushes the technical boundaries for comfort, performance, connectivity, and safety. The new car gains an inch in length and two inches in wheelbase.
The S-Class is offered with a 429-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six or a 496-hp, 4.0-liter turbocharged V8. Both engines are teamed with a nine-speed automatic transmission and supplemented with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The second-generation MBUX infotainment system has more computing power and enables more natural language capabilities. It has a rear wheel steering feature that can turn the wheels in the direction of travel to aid handling and in the opposite direction to aid parking. The S-Class has every advanced safety feature known to man, plus a few new innovations, such as the ability to raise the ride height to better protect during a side impact.
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2014-2020
2014 Redesign Year
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. The 2014 redesign offered 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. A coupe version was new for 2015. A plug-in hybrid joined the lineup for 2016.  Updates for 2018 include changes to the model names and their respective powertrains. The S450 is the new entry-level model, powered by a 362-hp twin-turbo V6. V8 and high-performance AMG versions are available. Convertible models are also offered.
$77,600 - $163,800
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$62,750 - $138,250
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$51,500 - $112,675
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$40,125 - $87,050
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$34,150 - $69,625
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$36,275 - $60,325
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$32,725 - $43,675
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2007-2013
2007 Redesign Year
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.
$15,150 - $28,375
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$12,475 - $25,125
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$9,075 - $22,000
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$5,875 - $19,050
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$11,400 - $16,350
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$10,000 - $13,950
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$8,800 - $10,000
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2000-2006
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.
$5,000 - $8,425
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$4,750 - $7,650
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$4,450 - $7,150
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$4,050 - $6,500
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$3,675 - $5,575
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$3,550 - $5,225
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$3,475 - $3,825
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