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2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

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2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 3.5L V6 Hybrid RWD Angular Front Exterior View
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From executive sedan to rich man's plaything, the S-Class competes for the same attention spans as the BMW 7-Series.

We prefer the 7-Series' tamed, tailored lines by a slight margin; it also boggles the mind with even more rear-seat room than the S-Class, but as a result it's no longer the default choice for sharp handling.

The Lexus LS range comes in hybrid and gas versions, and it's a beautifully put-together, user-friendly piece-it's just short a meaningful badge and a round of suspension and steering tuning.

A new Audi A8 has just taken shape; we'll see soon if promises of better handling and fuel economy hold true.

Looking more avant-garde than ever, the latest Jaguar XJ will spawn hybrid power next year-along with a 500-horsepower XJR.

Lastly, there's the fabulous new Aston Martin Rapide and the bulkier-looking Porsche Panamera.

The Aston's flawless concept-car appearance doesn't quite get as much backup from its V-12 engine as expected, and the backseat's a token gesture.

Conversely, the Panamera's especially brilliant handling and epic Turbo thrust team up with lots of rear-seat room-which it could have skimped on to spare itself the lumpy roofline.

2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 3.5L V6 Hybrid RWD Angular Front Exterior View2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class2011 Audi A8 L 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi A82011 Jaguar XJ2011 Jaguar XJ2010 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750Li RWD Side Exterior View2010 BMW 7-Series2010 Porsche Panamera2010 Porsche Panamera2010 Aston Martin Rapide 4-door Sedan Auto Angular Front Exterior View2010 Aston Martin Rapide
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The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes from exclusive to earth-friendly to exotically fast-in just a couple hundred thousand dollars.
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Suave styling, an impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel earn the 2011 Audi A8 a spot in the top tier.
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The 2011 Jaguar XJ severs ties with its past, and rocks a mod new look that suits its dynamic personality.
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Call us converts: The latest 2010 BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio.
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The 2010 Porsche Panamera weds astonishing performance to remarkable interior space, but its styling doesn't quite gel.
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MSRP From     
$87,950Browse Used Listings$78,050Browse Used Listings$72,700Browse Used Listings$82,000Browse Used Listings$89,800Browse Used Listings$197,850Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage     
11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric V6Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class     
Large CarLargeLarge CarLarge- TBD -Subcompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 750i RWD4-Door HB S4-Door Sedan Automatic
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticPDK AutomaticTouchtronic Automatic
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