2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs. Its Competition

2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec 4Matic
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

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Quick Specs
9.2
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.
9.0
Peerless cabins, advanced connectivity, and athletic road feel give the 2013 Audi A8 a few weapons in its battle with the luxosedan titans.
9.4
The 2013 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally fleet-footed for such a spacious, luxurious, and technologically advanced car.
8.8
Swinging style and newfound traction and gas mileage make the 2013 Jaguar XJ a more complete offering than it's ever been.
8.6
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.
8.2
The 2013 Porsche Panamera continues the success of the brand's unusual-looking fastback sport sedan.
MSRP From     
$92,350$72,200$73,600$73,200$71,990$75,850
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
Engine     
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
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555554
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift