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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

At a Glance

Pricing $91,850 - $210,900
Drive Types RWD, AWD
Engines 3.0l V6 T D, 3.5l V6 HEV, 4.7l V8 T, 5.5l V12 T, 5.5l V8 T, 6.0l V12 T
Transmissions A5, A7, SM7
Fuel Economy 12-21 (city), 19-31 (highway)

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is an icon for the Mercedes brand and serves as a benchmark for all other large luxury sedans. The model range is vast, with models ranging in price from $92,000 to over $210,000. The S-Class is a handsomely styled vehicle with a complex combination of smooth and angular surfaces. Interior trim materials include wood, chrome, leather, and aluminum. The S-Class is packed with technology and safety features including a radar-based cruise control, and active infrared night vision system. In this small but visible segment, buyers can also shop the sporty BMW 7-Series, the understated Audi A8, or the utterly reliable Lexus LS 460. With a huge price spread, the S-Class also competes at the top end with vehicles like the Maserati Quattroporte and Bentley Flying Spur.

What Changed:

A new diesel powered model joins the lineup. The S350 Bluetec 4MATIC features a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine and all-wheel-drive. The S550 gets a new 4.6-liter V8 rated at 402-bhp, 443 lb-ft of torque.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
S400 HYBRID 3.5l V6 HEV (295-bhp) A7 RWD 19/25/22 $91,850
S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 3.0l V6 T D (240-bhp) A7 AWD 21/31/26 $92,550
S550 4.7l V8 T (429-bhp) A7 RWD 15/25/20 $94,500
S550 4MATIC 4.7l V8 T (429-bhp) A7 AWD 15/24/19 $97,500
S600 5.5l V12 T (510-bhp) A5 RWD 12/19/15 $159,500
S63 AMG 5.5l V8 T (536-bhp) SM7 RWD 15/23/19 $139,300
S65 AMG 6.0l V12 T (621-bhp) A5 RWD 12/19/15 $210,900