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2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class - Review

 

2013
logo OVERALL RATING 9
out of 10
When it comes to flagship offerings from luxury automakers, the benchmark of the luxury class is generally considered to be the Mercedes-Benz S Class. Known for its refinement, understated elegance and pioneering safety innovations, the S Class is the full size luxury sedan against which all others are judged.

To be fair, the S Class lineup spans seven distinct models, ranging from the S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC diesel, to the S400 Hybrid to the performance variant, the S65 AMG. Whether you’re a captain of industry or the captain of an NFL football team, there’s likely an S Class model that meets your needs and expectations. Expect the range to grow even more complex with the upcoming refresh, due next year, as Mercedes-Benz will position the S Class to fill the void left by Maybach’s shuttering.

While all seven S Class models differ in powertrain details, all share the same tastefully-penned exterior. Organic in design, it’s not exactly cutting-edge, but it is more memorable than the exterior styling of the rival Lexus LS. Inside, the inviting cabin of the S Class, regardless of model selected, surrounds occupants with classic upscale touches like soft leather and rich wood trim.

The most affordable models (which begin at $93,255) will likely be of interest to those concerned with fuel economy. The range begins with S400 Hybrid, which delivers 25 mpg highway fuel economy while still clocking a 0-60 mph run of seven seconds. Next up is the S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, which blends the fuel economy of its diesel engine (rated at 31 mpg highway) with the all-weather sensibility of Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. At the opposite end of the spectrum, however, lies the S65 AMG, powered by a 621 horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 that can get the big sedan from 0 - 60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds.

In between these extremes lie more mainstream models, like the S 550 and the S 550 4MATIC, which likely make up the bulk of S Class sales in the United States. Regardless of which is best suited to your tastes, each comes with ample head and leg room for both front and rear-seat passengers, since all U.S. models are built on the long wheelbase platform. Ride quality is exceptional with either the base air suspension or the optional active suspension, yet the S Class never manages to wallow or feel numb behind the wheel.

Befitting of a flagship sedan, the S Class comes with an impressive array of standard or available equipment, including Active Body Control for a more composed ride; active multicontour front seats to aid in both comfort and cornering; a panoramic sunroof; a power rear sunshade; Keyless Go; parking guidance and a rearview camera.

If safety is a priority, the list of available features for the S Class includes things like an infrared night vision system, PreSafe braking (which works with the adaptive cruise control to automatically apply the brakes when a collision is detected) and mbrace emergency telematics to notify first responders if a crash is detected.
For a more complete look at the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class range, see our comprehensive review on The Car Connection.





Specs: Select a Trim

4-Door Sedan 4MATIC (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
S350 BlueTEC Specs $93,000 $86,490 21 31
S550 Specs $98,000 $91,140 15 24
4-Door Sedan RWD (5) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
S400 Hybrid Specs $92,350 $85,886 19 25
S550 Specs $95,000 $88,350 15 25
S600 Specs $160,300 $149,079 12 19
S63 AMG Specs $140,000 $130,200 15 23
S65 AMG Specs $212,000 $197,160 12 19
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