Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Pros

  • Wide variety of impressive engines
  • world-class craftsmanship
  • composed ride and handling
  • a showcase of convenience and safety technology
  • whisper quiet.

Cons

  • Interior features can be overwhelming, with occasionally unintuitive controls.

Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan for Sale

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
70,707 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
Elite Auto Brokers
19.8 mi away
List$26,900
Est.Loan: $490/mo
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
75,518 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
List$21,966
Est.Loan: $400/mo
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$300 Below Market
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This Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one that you really need to take out for a test drive to appreciate. It is a super clean one-owner car, one of the best that we have ever seen. Yes, the odometer does read only 75,518 miles, and is guaranteed accurate, which means this S-Class is one really great deal. The previous owner was a non-smoker, which is a definite plus. We know the stress of worrying about buying a 'lemon' car and can provide the complete SERVICE HISTORY to help put your worries to rest. We here at Merlex Auto Group want to make sure our customers are satisfied, so before we sell a vehicle it must complete our MULTI-POINT INSPECTION. Our customer's safety is important to us. We guarantee that this vehicle has never suffered damage from a wreck. We know the importance of a powerful engine for those tough jobs. This Mercedes-Benz S-Class is equipped with a 5.5L V8 DOHC 32V engine to help you complete all of the tough jobs. Spend less time at the gas pumps with great fuel mileage from this Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The sport wheels and road hugging suspension make handling those curves a breeze. This car can help take you on your next great adventure by getting you to places that most can't with it's off-road suspension. You will feel completely pampered by all the luxurious amenities that this baby has to offer. This Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes fully equipped at a great price. Come by and test drive it today. From bumper to bumper this car has been thoroughly inspected and is working perfectly thanks to our comprehensive multi-point inspection that we perform on every vehicle that we sell. We have made sure that this Mercedes-Benz has kept its same faultless beauty as when it first rolled out the factory doors. The interior of this ride is nothing less than perfect and is a sign of the excellent care and attention that this car has seen since it was new. Our inspection of this car confirms that all major mechanical features are in great shape and ready to go. Unless you plan on driving this one straight into a mud pit you won't have to worry about any exterior maintenance for quite some time. Apart from a few touch up spots the interior of this one is in adequate condition. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, so we offer an optional extended warranty at a very affordable price. Just ask for the details. We provide the best GUARANTEED FINANCING of any used car dealership around and back this up by actually getting you approved. Call us today at (703) 685-9312 to find out just how low your monthly payments can be with approved credit and low money down. We are only minutes away from Accokeek, stop by and visit us today.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4dr Sedan (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
82,150 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550
List$25,998
Est.Loan: $473/mo
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
92,156 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
(5)
Gorilla Motors
33.1 mi away
List$23,777
Est.Loan: $433/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
53,320 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
List$32,000
Est.Loan: $583/mo
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Dealer Notes
***SUPER SHARP S550 4MATIC!!!***AMG WHEELS***PANO ROOF***4 BRAND NEW TIRES!!!!!***DON'T MISS THIS ONE...IT WON'T LAST LONG!!!***Odometer is 9249 miles below market average!***CARFAX CERTIFIED! ***VALUE PRICED BELOW MARKET! Call Passport INFINITI of Suitland at (240) 695-5500 to confirm availability and schedule a no-obligation test drive! We are located at 4800 Auth Way, Marlow Heights, MD 20746. All of our vehicles are researched and priced regularly using LIVE MARKET PRICING TECHNOLOGY to ensure that you always receive the best overall market value. ASK US FOR THE VALUE REPORT ON THIS VEHICLE! We are a PureCars Platinum Dealer. 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Black
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
70,215 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
List$26,787
Est.Loan: $488/mo
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$300 Below Market
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**BLUETOOTH CAPABLE, **BACK UP CAMERA, **PANORAMIC ROOF, **ALLOY WHEELS, **NAVIGATION, **ALL WHEEL DRIVE, **EXCLUSIVE CERTIFICATION ON ALL VEHICLES, **SYNC EQUIPPED, 4MATIC�, Cashmere/Savanna w/Premium Leather Seat Trim. 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 550 4MATIC� Blue ALL OUR VEHICLES CARRY OUR EXCLUSIVE CERTIFICATION. THIS MEANS YOU GET A 3 MONTH 3,000 MILE EXCLUSIVE GUARANTEE AND 1 YEAR OF FREE MAINTENANCE!Please contact us at 1-410-367-5327 or visit us on the web at www.exclusivemotorcarsmd.com.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
82,161 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
(5)
MaxKar Motors
51.8 mi away
List$24,698
Est.Loan: $450/mo
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POWERFUL AND COMFORTABLE, THIS 2012 MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS AWD WITH ITS POWERFUL 4.6L BI-TURBO 32-VALVE V8 ENGINE IS READY TO HIT THE ROADS IN STYLE AND COMFORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!**LEATHER SEATS**INTERIOR WOOD TRIM**SPECIFIC AMG WHEELS**KEY LESS ENTRY**PUSH BUTTON START**MASSAGING DRIVER SIDE SEAT**PREMIUM HARMAN/KARDON AUDIO SYSTEM**BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY**NAVIGATION SYSTEM**CRUISE CONTROL**INSTRUMENT CLUSTER SCREEN**MULTI ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL**STEERING WHEEL PHONE CONTROL**TELEPHONE KEY PAD**TOGGLE SWITCH/MEDIA/RADIO/TELEPHONE/NAV**MEMORY SEATS**HEATED/COOLED SEATS**RAIN SENSOR**PANORAMIC SUNROOF**HID PROJECTOR HEADLIGHTS**EXTERIOR HEADLIGHT WASHERS**FOG LIGHTS**EXTERIOR PARKING SENSOR**REAR VANITY MIRROR**REAR POWER SUNSHADE**AIR SUSPENSION HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT**AM/FM/CD/AUX/NAV SYS** The electronic components on this vehicle are in working order. There are no defects present on this vehicle. There is not a door ding present on this vehicle. There is a properly functioning engine in this vehicle. This vehicle has a clean exterior. The interior was well maintained. The mileage is accurate. There is no trouble shifting this transmission. It is priced to sell quickly, CALL NOW. We have custom financing plans for most budgets. Stop by today or schedule an appointment with one of our qualified sales associates. Also, our entire inventory selection is available online at: www.maxkarmotors.com. PLEASE PRESENT THIS AD TO HONOR SPECIAL PRICING. Here At Maxkar Motors We Emphasize On Providing All Customers With Quality Customer Service, As Well As Quality Vehicles At Unbeatable Prices. We Have Over 30 Banks And Lenders Working By Our Side. Let Our Dedicated And Professional Sales Associates Help You On Your Next Purchase. TAKE 5 minutes and submit an online credit application for a guaranteed approval!!!!!When others say no we say Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you ready to Save money on the purchase of your next CAR? If you are call us at 540-370-8888 Today. All WAL-MART AND COSTCO CUSTOMERS WELCOME!!!!!!
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
55,489 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
List$30,990
Est.Loan: $564/mo
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$300 Below Market
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After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112Brand new to our lot we have a BEAUTIFUL, 2012 Mercedes Benz S550! This S550 is white, sitting on alloy wheels, and is matched inside with a plush tan leather interior. Powered by a hardy 4.6L twin turbo V8 motor, paired with a SMOOTH shifting automatic transmission, and is equipped with a GREAT AWD system! LOADED with tons of amazing features like the power windows, power locks, power mirrors, power seats, heated AND cooled seats, DUAL climate controls, back up camera AND sensors, and that's just to list a few! Premium Harman/Kardon surround sound speaker system with AM/FM radio, CD player, CD changer, MP3 playback capable, and even has built in navigation, ready for turn by turn directions at the push of a button! With so many awesome features, and so much more to see, you DO NOT want to miss out on this AMAZING deal! So hurry and call, or stop by TODAY to schedule your test drive before you miss your chance to own this LUXURIOUS, 2012 Mercedes Benz S550!
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
50,660 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
List$31,990
Est.Loan: $582/mo
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S 550 trim. Superb Condition, ONLY 50,660 Miles! Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, NAV, PREMIUM 2 PKG, 4MATIC all-wheel drive, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, DRIVER ASSISTANCE PKG, (4) ILLUMINATED DOOR SILLS, SPORT PKG. AND MORE! KEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Leather Seats, Navigation, Sunroof, 4MATIC all-wheel drive, Heated Driver Seat. MP3 Player, Remote Trunk Release, Child Safety Locks, Steering Wheel Controls, Electronic Stability Control. OPTION PACKAGES: SPORT PKG: sport bodystyling, 19 AMG triple 5-spoke aluminum wheels w/all-season tires, PREMIUM 2 PKG: active multi-contour front seats, comfort headrests, KEYLESS-GO, PARKTRONIC w/parking guidance, rearview camera, DRIVER ASSISTANCE PKG: active blind spot assist, DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control w/PRE-SAFE brake, active lane keeping assist, PWR TILT/SLIDE TINTED GLASS PANORAMA SUNROOF 1-touch open, front/rear shades, (4) ILLUMINATED DOOR SILLS, HEATED STEERING WHEEL. Mercedes-Benz S 550 with Black exterior and Black interior features a 8 Cylinder Engine with 429 HP at 5250 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle, New Tires, Local Trade. EXPERTS ARE SAYING: Its competitors are impressive, but the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class remains the quintessential premium luxury sedan. -Edmunds.com. Approx. Original Base Sticker Price: $97,500*. WHO WE ARE: We are a family owned and operated sales and service facility.Our family has been serving the automotive needs of the Fredericksburg community for over 50 years. We offer competitive financing, second chance Financing and a full service department, servicing all makes and models. Please call 800-559-1880 or come by and and let our family serve your family. Thank You! Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
50,946 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
List$30,989
Est.Loan: $564/mo
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$300 Below Market
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AMG package !! This 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is in perfect condition and just passed a Maryland State Inspection where we completed an oil and filter change. Its fully equipped with push button start, backup camera, navigation, power sunroof, power windows, power locks, bluetooth, cruise control plus so much more! Jones Junction is proud to announce that 2018 marks their 101st consecutive year as a family-run automotive business serving the Harford County and surrounding Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware communities. The Jones family believes their success lies in focU dedication to hard work and integrity. Their goal is not simply to sell a car; it is to create a lifelong partnership with their customers.All prices plus Taxes, Tags, and $300 Dealer Processing fee, not required by law, Feel free to visit us at WWW.JONESJUNCTION.COM, or come by today at 1713 Harford Rd Fallston, MD. 21047.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 S550 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
61,960 miles
Used 2012
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
S550 4MATIC
List$28,255
Est.Loan: $515/mo
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$300 Below Market
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This Mercedes Benz S-Class S550 4-MATIC is ready and waiting for you to take it home today. Rest assured knowing that this Mercedes Benz S-Class S550 4-MATIC has the low miles that you have been searching for with only 61,960 on the odometer. Want that 'new car' smell? This car still has it, because it has never been smoked in. This car, like all vehicles that we offer for sale, undergoes a comprehensive and stringent MULTI-POINT INSPECTION before putting it out on our lot. We know the importance of a powerful engine for those tough jobs. This Mercedes Benz S-Class S550 4-MATIC is equipped with a 5.5L V8 DOHC 32V engine to help you complete all of the tough jobs. Two things essential to every king was his castle and royal carriage. While getting your own castle may be a bit of a challenge, you can still travel like a royalty. Be your own king behind the wheel of this Mercedes Benz S-Class S550 4-MATIC . You can rest assured that this car is mechanically perfect from stem to stern as a result of our thorough multi-point inspection process. Looking at this car, and you will have 'love at first site.' Its exterior is impeccable and ready to show off. The interior of this ride is nothing less than perfect and is a sign of the excellent care and attention that this car has seen since it was new. The drive train and other major mechanical systems are all confirmed to be in good shape and ready to hit the road. All in all the exterior is in great shape with no rust, dings or dents other than the usual minuscule scuff or two that require close scrutiny to even notice. The interior is in sufficient condition for a used vehicle with no major damage like tears, rips, or stains. We are proud to be a CARFAX CERTIFIED dealership. Every car that we sell has been thoroughly inspected by us and is also comes with a clean history as verified by CARFAX. Don't be left in the dark with a purchase, we can shine some light by including our STANDARD WARRANTY on this car. For more information, stop by or give us a call. Bad credit? No credit? No problem! We offer GUARANTEED FINANCING on this and every other car that we sell. With approved credit and a low down payment you can get this S-Class S550 4-MATIC today with monthly payments that you can afford today! What are you waiting for? Call (703) 685-9312 right now! We set this car's price well below its BLUE BOOK value because we want it to move fast. It is only a matter of time before someone snags up this great deal. We are only minutes away from Dunn Loring, stop by and visit us today.

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Its competitors are impressive, but the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class remains the quintessential premium luxury sedan.

vehicle overview

High atop the sedan food chain sits one car: the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Oh, you can buy more expensive sedans, but rarely will those cars match the pedigree of this iconic Benz. The S-Class has been at the forefront of automotive advancement for decades, showcasing new features in technology, safety, performance and general innovation for decades. As such, it is very much the standard-bearer for all others, and deservedly so.

The S-Class is more expensive than most similarly equipped flagship luxury sedans, but it doesn't take much time behind the wheel to realize that its higher price is commensurate with its higher degree of engineering, interior craftsmanship and even feature content. The S-Class also stands out with its variety of engine choices, particularly for 2012. With the S350 Bluetec model, a turbodiesel returns to the Mercedes flagship for the first time in 21 years. This time, however, it's a thoroughly modern unit with a prodigious output of 455 pound-feet of torque and no black smoke belching out the back. It also delivers substantially better fuel economy than the carryover S400 Hybrid.

That's not the only new engine. The S550 gets the same twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 found in the CL- and CLS-Class, boasting more power and better fuel economy than the engine it replaces. It's hard to imagine needing any more power than it provides, but nevertheless, the S-Class still offers the V12-powered S600 and the AMG-tuned S63 and S65.

Quite frankly, if your new ultra-luxury-sedan search begins and ends with a 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you probably won't regret your decision. Having said that, the S-Class competes with an incredible group of fine sedans that includes the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, Maserati Quattroporte and Porsche Panamera. It's an impressive lot with which it's hard to find fault, but none of them can quite match the well-rounded and time-tested superiority of the S-Class.

Trim levels & features

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a five-passenger, full-size luxury sedan available in S400 Hybrid, S350 Bluetec, S550, S600, S63 AMG and S65 AMG trim levels. Each is representative of a different engine, and in the case of the AMG models, a higher degree of other performance capabilities.

Every model comes standard with 18-inch wheels, an adaptive air suspension, active bi-xenon headlights with automatic high beams and LED running lights, a power trunk closer and a sunroof. Comfort and convenience items include dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats (with heating, ventilation, four-way lumbar adjustment and memory functions), leather upholstery and extended interior trim, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors and a power rear sunshade. Electronic features include the COMAND electronics interface, Bluetooth, a navigation system, voice controls and a 15-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system with a six-CD/DVD changer, HD radio, satellite radio and an iPod interface.

The S63 AMG includes those items, but adds 20-inch AMG wheels and specific styling cues, as well as AMG-tuned suspension, steering, brakes and exhaust. Inside you get a sport steering wheel, shift paddles, an enhanced instrument cluster and AMG-specific leather and trim. Also included is Active Body Control, a suspension technology that reduces body roll in the corners. The available AMG Performance package increases its engine output and top speed.

Optional on the S350, S400 and S550, and standard on the S63 is the Premium 2 package that includes a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry and front seats with massage, adjustable/active bolsters and enhanced headrests. The following optional packages are available on the S63 as well. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control as well as blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems that take evasive action in the event of driver inaction (though not in the S400).

The Rear Seat package adds four-zone automatic climate control and eight-way power rear seats with memory, heating and ventilation. The Rear Seat Entertainment package includes a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system and two rear seat remotes that can control all functions in the COMAND system. Also optional are power-operated shades for the rear side windows, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, a night-vision warning system and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The S600 and S65 AMG get all of the above optional features standard. The S600 also has 19-inch wheels, enhanced brakes and Active Body Control. The S65 AMG receives the S63's extra performance enhancements.

Optional on every S-Class is Splitview, which allows the driver and passenger to look at different media on the center COMAND screen. It includes a COMAND remote control for the passenger.

2012 Highlights

The Mercedes-Benz S550 gets a new, more powerful and more efficient V8 engine for 2012. This year also sees the addition of a new member of the S-Class: the diesel-powered S350 Bluetec. It returns best-in-class fuel economy by a wide margin, and can theoretically go more than 700 miles on one tank of fuel.

Performance & mpg

Each 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class model comes with a different engine. The S400 Hybrid features a 3.5-liter V6 paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. It is rear-wheel drive only. Total output is 295 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds performance testing, the S400 accelerated from a standstill to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.

The S350 Bluetec features a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that produces 240 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic and all-wheel drive (4Matic) are standard. In Edmunds testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. It returns an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.

The S550 gets a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 that produces 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. Mercedes estimates it will go from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds, while returning 15/25/19 with rear-wheel drive and 15/24/18 with AWD.

The S600 gets a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V12 good for 510 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic (required for the engine's extra torque) and rear-wheel drive are standard. Mercedes estimates it will go from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds, while returning EPA-estimated fuel economy of 12/19/14.

The S63 AMG features a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 rated at 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. With the AMG Performance package, it's upgraded to 563 and 664, respectively. Rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed automated manual transmission are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, a standard S63 hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 15/22/17.

Finally, the S65 AMG has a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 that cranks out 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard. Mercedes estimates it'll hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, which isn't much quicker than the S63, but that's because the rear tires can't possibly handle that much power in such a test. Believe us, the car feels a lot faster. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 12/19/14.

Safety

Every S-Class comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, side airbags both front and rear, side curtain airbags, active head restraints and Mercedes-Benz mbrace emergency telematics. Also standard is the Mercedes PreSafe system, which can sense an impending crash and automatically tighten the seatbelts and reposition the power seats for maximum airbag protection.

Optional features, depending on the trim, include a lane-departure and blind-spot warning system with automatic brake intervention, infrared Night Vision Assist and PreSafe braking, which uses the optional adaptive cruise control's radar system to sense an impending crash and automatically apply the brakes.

In Edmunds brake testing, an S400 came to a stop in a solid 121 feet. Both AMG models stopped in an excellent 111 feet, while the S350 split the distance with a 116. Expect the S550 and S600 to be similar to that.

Driving

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class provides a ride you'd expect from a top-tier luxury sedan. The compliant suspension ably cancels out road imperfections while also keeping body roll in check, and the cabin remains as quiet as a library even over rough pavement. It simultaneously gives you that stately luxury-car feel, without making you feel overly isolated from driving.

However, how an S-Class drives is incredibly dependent on which engine is chosen. The S400 Hybrid is slower and has a less natural-feeling brake pedal, but otherwise it drives just like you'd expect from a Mercedes-Benz. The new S350 Bluetec feels mighty powerful around town thanks to its diesel engine, while getting the best fuel economy and range of any S-Class (and, in fact, any other full-size luxury car). You'll also be hard-pressed to tell it's a diesel, as the engine's louder-than-normal clatter is pretty much imperceptible from inside the cabin.

Stepping up to the S550 will likely deliver all the power anyone could ever need. The new twin-turbo V8 offers ample thrust while returning better fuel economy than before. The S600 turns the performance dial up even further, while the AMG models boast the handling and acceleration capabilities of much smaller sport sedans. There's never any hiding the immense size of the S-Class, but few cars can deliver this much performance and luxury in one package.

Interior

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the standard-bearer for luxury for several decades and the latest incarnation upholds that tradition in grand style. With exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail, the cabin features top-notch materials and exacting construction. If you want something richer, you'll have to step up to a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce.

The COMAND electronics system uses a control knob and screen to work most entertainment and navigation functions, but the lack of physical dash buttons (like those in the E-Class) tends to complicate the operation of frequently used functions. The S-Class' abundance of features can also be a bit overwhelming.

The S-Class is not available in a longer-wheelbase version as are some of its competitors, but we suspect few owners will desire more than what the Benz offers. Space is plentiful in any seat and added creature comforts like heated and ventilated seats with massage are sure to please even the toughest critics, whether they're seated front or back. The available Rear Seat Entertainment package even gives those in back full control over the COMAND system. The trunk can accommodate up to 16.2 cubic feet, which is a decent size for this class.


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Rough start to a great ride
jlightfoot,12/20/2011
At 570 miles the pulley on the alternator wore a hole in the bottom radiator hose. I was 450 miles from home in west Texas. The dealership took a hose off a new car on the showroom floor to get me on the road, however it turned out the water pump had an incorrectly formed flange. The nearest water pump was 10 days away in Germany. They rented me a car to finish my journey. Once the new water pump came in and the old one was replaced the dealer I bought the car from in Dallas sent a truck 250 miles west to pick up the repaired vehicle, haul it 450 miles back east to my driveway. The service was incredible and Mercedes has my highest praise. Just returned from a 2,000 mile trip to Minnesota.
Serenity Now
yossarian7,03/17/2015
I recently traded in a 2011 BMW 535ix, which I found to be one of the most uncomfortable cars I have ever owned, on a 2013 S550, which is the most comfortable car I have ever owned. The car is absolute serenity to drive. No wind noise; no engine noise; no tire noise. The V8 is 430hp/520lb-ft of pure butter. Sure, the car is big and heavy, but it carries its heft very well and it does not claim to be the ultimate driving machine (whereas the BMW did, and it was far from it). The S550's adaptive air suspension is more butter, and it keeps the car stable and level, even during spirited driving.
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Features & Specs

MPG
15 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
429 hp @ 5250 rpm
MPG
21 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
240 hp @ 3600 rpm
MPG
15 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
429 hp @ 5250 rpm
MPG
15 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
536 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Should I lease or buy a 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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