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Infotainment and Connectivity

A cutting-edge infotainment system has become a hallmark of modern luxury cars, and Mercedes makes good on that with its latest and greatest interface. The sedan’s center stack is dominated by a huge 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen that sits portrait-style, but it doesn’t come with any sort of touchpad or rotary controller. What it does come with is an enhanced version of Mercedes’ MBUX software that features improved voice-command functions and smartphone-esque capability, including facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. Of course, popular staples such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless charging are standard. The S-class sedan also has a standard Burmester 3D sound system, but a more powerful Burmester 4D stereo is available, too.

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Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Mercedes offers the sedan with either a 429-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine on the S500 or a 496-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 on the S580. Both powertrains are supplemented by a 48-volt hybrid system (called EQ Boost) and pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. There will also be a plug-in-hybrid model that’s said to have about 60 miles of all-electric range. We’ve sampled the gas-powered sedan in its native Germany and on our shores, which showcased its different suspension and steering modes. While every model rides on an air suspension, the E-Active Body Control has a "curve" function" that subtly leans the car into corners. The S-class can also be equipped with an all-wheel steering system that makes the big-bodied Merc surprisingly easy to maneuver in tight spaces.

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Certified Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class By Year

2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

88 listings starting at $106,994

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

97 listings starting at $104,593

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

117 listings starting at $58,000

2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

177 listings starting at $56,222

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

56 listings starting at $51,397

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