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2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

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Catering to CEOs and celebrities, and to those who've arrived and want to let it be known, the Mercedes-Benz S Class has many missions to fulfill around the world.

The BMW 7-Series is its top rival, and it comes in nearly as many combinations and variations--although it may have a small edge in back-seat legroom.

Although the 7-Series has more of a performance look and feel, we're not as fond of its steering.

As a glorious performer that's a bit conservative on the outside, the Audi A8 has a beautiful interior design and its Palm Pilot-style MMI interface can feel a little complex.

The Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ are two well-executed flagships that appeal to polar-opposite types of wealth; the former is more Orange County while the latter is Hollywood.

And as an offbeat choice, there's the Porsche Panamera.

Surprisingly, the Panamera offers all the rear-seat room a tall adult would need, plus astonishingly quick performance in Turbo trim--and plenty to take on an AMG or Alpina.

2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec 4Matic2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class2013 Audi A8 3.0T2013 Audi A82013 BMW 7-Series2013 BMW 7-Series2013 Jaguar XJ2013 Jaguar XJ2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport by Five Axis2013 Lexus LS 4602013 Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition2013 Porsche Panamera
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Covering its wide range of performance personalities, all with superb comfort and some of the world's top in-car tech, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class is one model you'll be as happy to be in as to be seen in.
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Peerless cabins, advanced connectivity, and athletic road feel give the 2013 Audi A8 a few weapons in its battle with the luxosedan titans.
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The 2013 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally fleet-footed for such a spacious, luxurious, and technologically advanced car.
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Swinging style and newfound traction and gas mileage make the 2013 Jaguar XJ a more complete offering than it's ever been.
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The new F Sport turns up the heat just a little bit, but you'll still savor the 2013 Lexus LS more for its interior appointments and luxurious long-distance comfort than for its performance.
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The 2013 Porsche Panamera continues the success of the brand's unusual-looking fastback sport sedan.
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Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric V6Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class     
LargeLargeLarge CarsLarge CarMidsize carsLarge Car
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door HB
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
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