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Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 S560 sedan AWD Automatic
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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 S-Class 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. This year brought new engines that Mercedes-Benz claims are more fuel-efficient.
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2014 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 S550 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
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $62,475 - $87,075 $54,525 - $76,275
2015 $53,450 - $98,825 $46,250 - $85,810
2014 $46,300 - $64,450 $39,850 - $56,050
2007 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2013 Trim Shown: 2013
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.
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2013 $24,875 - $41,250 $20,395 - $35,545
2012 $20,500 - $34,450 $16,265 - $29,135
2011 $14,150 - $30,325 $10,430 - $25,230
2010 $13,000 - $26,250 $9,455 - $21,505
2009 $15,725 - $70,625 $11,760 - $63,165
2008 $13,700 - $53,475 $9,875 - $47,640
2007 $11,700 - $38,350 $8,120 - $34,240
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.
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2006 $5,775 - $22,875 $2,740 - $19,750
2005 $5,775 - $8,550 $2,730 - $5,210
2004 $5,200 - $7,975 $2,220 - $4,695
2003 $4,600 - $7,000 $1,770 - $3,840
2002 $4,925 - $6,750 $2,240 - $3,920
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A