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2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan - Overview

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$85,750 – $181,500 MSRP

$79,748 – $168,795 Invoice

12 / 19 MPG City/Hwy

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Overall Quality 5.0

Overall Performance and Design 5.0

Overall Dependability 3.0

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2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

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Overview

What's New
With sales that began in February 2006, Mercedes launched the all-new and ninth generation of its flagship S-Class sedan. In addition to being larger than its predecessor, the new S-Class shows more expressive styling. Flared wheel arches promise more than an elegantly smooth ride, and S-Class delivers with engines rated at 382, 510, and 604 hp. The car that Mercedes claims defines the premium luxury sedan segment also offers new technologies, including an industry-first seven-speed automatic transmission and Night View, which shows the driver objects beyond headlamp range.

Overview
Mercedes is the world's oldest automaker. For much of its 120-year history, the S-Class has been its flagship, showcasing technology, performance, and luxury. Mercedes says the S-Class was the first car with anti-lock brakes (in 1978), with a supplemental restraint system that included air bags (1982), with Electronic Stability technology (vehicle dynamics control, 1996), and with PRE-SAFE, a system that automatically prepares vehicle safety features when an accident is imminent (2002). While the various electronic systems may have distinctive technical names such as Distronic, they use advanced sensors, including radar, to warn of dangerous situations, to maintain the distance between your car and the one ahead on the highway, and even to help the driver back into a parallel parking space.

Inside, the S-Class offers a full array of luxury amenities, including front seats with 14-way adjustment and inflatable bolsters that can provide a massage or compensate for cornering forces by inflating the side bolsters. Even the rear seats recline, and the longer wheelbase provides limousine-style legroom for those seated in the second row. A push-and-turn "mouse" style controller provides access to audio, climate, seat, and navigation controls. There's also a 600-watt, 14-speaker Harmon/Kardon Logic7 audio system with 5.1 surround sound. This system plays music from CD or DVD sources and has a memory card slot for easy playback of digitally recorded music. Many of the audio, climate, seat, and navigation functions in the central controller also have redundant switches on the dash. Voice control also can be used for audio, telephone, and navigation systems.

The S-Class literally rides on air with a standard air suspension system instead of steel coil springs. It rides both smoothly and quickly: The S550 has a 382-hp V-8 engine; the S600 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-12; and the S65 AMG offers more than 600 hp, more than enough to satisfy even hardcore performance enthusiasts.

The Competition
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class competes in the Large Premium Conventional segment, which consists of eight models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, quality, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM

The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Cadillac DTS (58,224 units sold), Lincoln Town Car (39,295), and Mercedes-Benz S-Class (30,886). The Mercedes-Benz S-Class' 30,886 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 92.6 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Premium Conventional segment include the Lexus LS-Series, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ-Series, and Maserati Quattroporte.

Top Rated Large Premium Cars

  • 2007 Audi A8 Sedan

    $68,900–$119,350 Base MSRP

    $64,422–$108,954 Invoice

    14/21 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 4.0

  • 2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

    $85,750–$181,500 Base MSRP

    $79,748–$168,795 Invoice

    12/19 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 5.0

    Overall Dependability 3.0

  • 2007 Lexus LS 460 Sedan

    $61,000–$71,000 Base MSRP

    $53,070–$61,770 Invoice

    18/27 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 5.0

    Overall Dependability 4.0

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