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Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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2019
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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Ratings & Reliability
The S-Class is brimming with features and qualities that make it stand out among luxury cars. The powerful turbo V8 that we tested provided effortless acceleration and delivered 18 mpg overall in our tests. The plush, magic carpet ride is the best we've ever tested, and the cabin is ultra quiet. Even though the S-Class is large, handling agility is commendable, with quick steering. Along with the seats and steering wheel, the door and center armrests are heated as well. Many controls are overly complicated, however. Coupe and convertible versions are available.
2014-2018
2014 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $64,250 - $135,350 $56,950 - $119,100
2017 $49,575 - $111,600 $43,950 - $98,250
2016 $39,375 - $86,000 $35,060 - $76,375
2015 $39,100 - $71,300 $34,440 - $62,940
2014 $34,725 - $49,575 $30,260 - $43,410
2007-2013
2007 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $18,375 - $30,350 $14,200 - $26,270
2012 $14,800 - $26,000 $10,925 - $22,175
2011 $11,100 - $22,450 $7,525 - $18,755
2010 $7,800 - $19,350 $4,585 - $15,715
2009 $12,400 - $17,500 $8,630 - $13,255
2008 $10,700 - $14,975 $7,130 - $10,995
2007 $9,050 - $10,450 $5,665 - $6,970
2000-2006
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $4,800 - $8,500 $1,895 - $5,115
2005 $5,000 - $7,750 $2,035 - $4,455
2004 $4,550 - $7,175 $1,680 - $3,955
2003 $4,200 - $6,550 $1,415 - $3,395
2002 $4,025 - $5,600 $1,250 - $2,540
2001 $3,775 - $5,250 $1,170 - $2,210
2000 $3,575 - $4,025 $1,090 - $1,240