Mercedes-Benz S-Class


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The S-Class has always been the epitome of an ultra luxury sedan. This redesigned flagship sedan pushes the technical boundaries for comfort, performance, connectivity, and safety.
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 can turn the wheels in the direction of travel to aid handling and in the opposite direction to aid parking. The new infotainment system has more computing power and enables more natural language capabilities. The S-Class has a number of safety innovations, such as the ability to raise the ride height to better protect passengers 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.
$81,050 - $171,675
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$67,975 - $145,425
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$57,900 - $119,425
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$45,625 - $94,400
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$37,900 - $74,425
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$39,875 - $65,400
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$36,050 - $48,725
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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.
$17,900 - $31,500
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$14,175 - $27,725
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$10,625 - $24,350
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$7,275 - $21,225
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$12,700 - $18,675
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$11,075 - $15,950
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$9,875 - $11,075
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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.
$5,925 - $9,200
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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 - $4,925
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