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2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class - Review


out of 10

Long a benchmark in the full-size luxury sedan class, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the varied ever. From the entry-level $90,000 S400 Hybrid to the high-performance, range-topping $200,000 S65 AMG, the S-Class spans a range beyond the scope of the competition. MotorAuthority rates the S-Class a 9 overall.

Performance, like the range, varies. The S400 Hybrid manages 25 mpg highway while delivering 275 horsepower from a V-6 engine aided by a 20-horsepower electric drive system and lithium-ion battery. A V-8 and a V-12 complete the non-AMG range, though the most mainstream model is the S550, powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 rated at 382 horsepower. The S65 AMG gets a 604-horsepower, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12, while the 6.2-liter V-8 S63 AMG turns out 518 horsepower.

Despite its large size and luxurious content, the S-Class handles well. Of course, its on-road competence is due in part because of the high tech loaded on board, including air suspension, dynamic stability control, and, in the S600, adaptive damping. It's a comfortable, compliant ride, with a quiet cabin, too.

The quiet helps you enjoy the spacious cabin, with the higher-end models tending toward opulence with high-end leathers, metals, and woods used throughout. Technology abounds in the cabin, from driver aids to entertainment systems.

For the complete details on the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, including all of its key features, specs, and capabilities, visit TheCarConnection's review.

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Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
4-Door Sedan (1)
4MATIC S550 Specs $96,000 $89,280 14 21
4-Door Sedan RWD (6)
6.3L V8 AMG Specs $138,000 N/A N/A N/A
S400 Hybrid Specs $91,000 $84,630 19 25
S550 Specs $93,000 $86,490 15 23
S600 Specs $158,050 $146,987 12 19
S63 AMG Specs $138,000 $128,340 15 22
S65 AMG Specs $209,000 $194,370 12 19
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