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2011 Mercedes S-Class S 550

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

(4 Stars)  Tech savvy and sumptuous

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
Mercedes S class. Long the flagship of the company and an icon of luxury transportation. While the S class has often been a test bed for new Mercedes technology, the big sedan received a complete rework in 2007 that transformed it from a sought after luxury sedan into a marvel of technological integration. The amount of high technology bells and whistles incorporated into the current S class is truly staggering. It sets the bar for technology on wheels while still retaining the ultra-luxury appointments hat has made it a perennial star in the company's already impressive lineup.

There are too many features to list, but some of the highlights of the jewel are it laser assisted cruise control, that will actually slow the car if it gets too close to the car ahead and then resumes the cruise once the way is clear. Infrared night assist is a high tech way to help drivers see in the dark. Of course the highest quality leather and amazing sound system are to be expected at this price point and Mercedes doesn't disappoint there either.

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2011 S 550 Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.5L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 15 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 428 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
23.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 382 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 391 ft lb of torque @ 2,800 rpm

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'11 Mercedes S 550 Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
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