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2013 Mercedes S-Class S 550

2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

(0 Stars)  The driver’s seat is even better than the back seat.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The current S-class is nearing the end of its life cycle, and it shows in that Mercedes has hardly touched the car for 2013. The Premium 2 package, with massaging front seats, push-button ignition, and parking sensors, is now standard on the S350 BlueTec, S400 Hybrid, and S550. Expect significant changes in a year or two; the next S-class should arrive with more than one body style.
Overview
The back seat of the S-class is fit for CEOs and dignitaries, but the driver’s seat isn’t just for chauffeurs. Mercedes-Benz’s flagship is also a driver’s delight, thanks to its balanced chassis, superb steering, and supple ride. Efficiency-minded buyers have their pick of hybrid or diesel with the S-class. The refined, authoritative turbo-diesel V-6 is projected to earn a rating of 20/31 mpg from the EPA, but it is slow to respond off the line and during downshifts. For now, though, Mercedes is the only company to offer a diesel in a flagship luxury sedan. The S400 Hybrid was the first gas/electric car to use lithium-ion batteries. It delivers impressive fuel economy and smooth acceleration from its V-6 engine and electric motor, but at 19/25 mpg, it isn’t as efficient as the diesel. The rest of the lineup focuses on speed, not economy. The S550 is powered by a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 and accelerates to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Next up the food chain is the 510-hp S600 supersedan with a twin-turbo V-12 engine that accomplishes the same task in 4.5 seconds. Then there’s the 536-hp S63 AMG with the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 that has replaced the 6.2-liter normally aspirated V-8. All those luxorockets, however, are left behind by the ludicrously fast S65 AMG and its twin-turbo V-12 that makes 621 hp and a massive 738 lb-ft of torque.

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2013 S 550 Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 4.7L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 15 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 416 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
21.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 429 hp @ 5,250 rpm; 516 ft lb of torque @ 1,800 rpm

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'13 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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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 Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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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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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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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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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Massaging Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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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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