Long one of the best of the full-size luxury sedan and executive limo segment, the Mercedes-Benz S Class spans a wide range of prices and configurations, but all of them combine a taste for advanced technology and refined quality.
As Mercedes' flagship model, the S Class takes a conservative approach to styling and to changes in its styling--the 2012 model looks much the same as the 2007 model that kicked off the current generation. It's still somewhat understated, yet stately, with smooth and flowing curves mating with upright sides to give a sense of presence. Inside, the S Class is roomy, almost beyond reason in the long-wheelbase versions that are the default in the U.S., with a relaxed and comfortable look and feel despite somewhat ornate and detailed adornments.
Six different models make up the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class range, with a diesel, a pair each of V-8s and V-12s, plus one V-6 hybrid. Starting off the range is the S350 BlueTec 4Matic diesel, using a 3.0-liter...