2012 MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS S 550 SEDAN 4D

Price: $16,700

Year 2012

Make MERCEDES-BENZ

Model S-CLASS

Trim S 550 SEDAN 4D

Drivetrain RWD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine V8, TWIN TURBO, 4.6 LITER

Mileage 131,188

Doors 4

Exterior Color BLUE

Interior Color TAN

VIN WDDNG7DB7CA464431

Stock No. 4988

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a utility player. That sounds odd to the mass market, but for the very wealthy, the S-Class covers a wide range of needs, everything from the efficiency of the $92,000-plus S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC diesel sedan to the ultraluxury performance of the $211,000-plus S65 AMG. It's a range that encompasses the one-percents of all kinds, from celebrities to CEOs.

Interior tech is among the best in any vehicle, with a number of features aiding, not distracting the driving experience. Active Body Control aids ride and performance, while items like multicontour seats help hold you in place and in comfort. One of the few exceptions is COMAND, an interface that's still a bit involved and distracting—and less intuitive than the systems from most other luxury automakers.

Inside the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz has gone with a simplified, living-room aesthetic; the overall look and feel is relaxed, with a wide, ornately grained wave of wood bridging the cabin. It's capped by a large LCD screen for secondary controls and adorned by a minimum of buttons and switches; gauges are lit in bright white. The shift control sits on the steering column, which frees the dash from the clutter that afflicts some competitive cars. Crawl around the interior or just take a glance inside, and it's not surprising that furniture designers were brought in to help style the interior.

This year's S550 keeps its name, but the engine under the hood is completely new. The old V-8's been replaced by a 4.6-liter, twin-turbo unit that lifts output from 382 horsepower to 429 horsepower. Offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, the S550 puts power to the ground through a seven-speed automatic that helps fuel economy greatly: it's rated at either 15/25 mpg with rear-wheel drive, or 24 mpg highway with the added traction. In our experience, the numbers can be a little shy of reality: we've hammered along a 200-mile interstate run at 80 mph and delivered an indicated 25.5 mpg, while cruising on the S550's effortless wave of passing power, with just a little whistle and grumble indicating the change in engine fundamentals underhood.

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 

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