Mercedes-Benz S-Class


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The recently redesigned S-Class sedan continues to deliver a hushed cabin, impeccable fit and finish, and effortless thrust. The ride is composed but less plush than it was.
The standard engine is a 3.0-liter inline-six, and the uplevel choice is a 4.0-liter V8, both turbocharged. Each is teamed with a nine-speed automatic transmission and supplemented with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The car's rear-wheel steering turns the wheels in the direction of travel to aid highway-speed handling, and in the opposite direction to improve low-speed maneuverability. That makes the S-Class quite agile in the corners, belying its size. The new infotainment system is complicated to use. The slick head-up display features augmented reality. Safety innovations include the ability to raise the ride height to better protect passengers during a side impact.
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2021
2021 Redesign Year
The S-Class has always been the epitome of an ultra luxury sedan. This redesigned flagship sedan continues to deliver a very comfortable ride but the low profile tires mar it.
The cabin is super hushed, fit and finish is impeccable, and thrust is effortless. The standard engine is a 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder, and the uplevel choice is a 4.0-liter V8, both turbocharged. Each is teamed with a nine-speed automatic transmission and supplemented with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The car's rear-wheel steering turns the wheels in the direction of travel to aid handling and in the opposite direction to aid maneuverability. That in turn makes the S-Class quite agile in the corners, belying its size. The new infotainment system is complicated to use. The slick head-up display features augmented reality. Safety innovations include the ability to raise the ride height to better protect passengers during a side impact.
$116,100 - $211,600
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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.
$78,650 - $161,550
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$65,475 - $131,450
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$55,350 - $109,675
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$44,625 - $88,650
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$39,150 - $70,175
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$37,750 - $61,650
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$33,600 - $46,575
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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.
$18,075 - $29,225
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$13,775 - $23,475
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$10,800 - $21,375
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$8,200 - $19,450
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$12,525 - $17,375
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$10,975 - $14,750
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$10,725 - $12,700
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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.
$6,075 - $9,325
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$4,925 - $7,775
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$4,600 - $7,275
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$4,225 - $6,650
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$3,875 - $5,800
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$3,750 - $5,450
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$3,700 - $5,150
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