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No car better defines the word "flagship" than the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan. This large luxury cruiser sets the benchmark in creature comforts, cutting-edge technology, and robust performance for the upper strata of the automotive world. Headlined by the mainstream S550 model, the S-Class lineup also comprises the uplevel S600, as well as a pair of obscenely-powered AMG models. But this year, there's also a green addition to the vehicle line. By delivering combined fuel economy of 25 miles-per-gallon, Mercedes' first gas-electric hybrid, the S400, gives Benz buyers the opportunity to be both socially-conscious and well-pampered at once. Except for an affordable price, the S-Class now truly does have it all.You'll Like This Car If...
The 2010 Mercedes Benz S-Class, above anything else, offers supreme comfort in the form of plush seats, lots of elbow room, a soft ride, and a plethora of amenities. Driving the S-Class is very nice, but riding as a passenger is simply divine.You May Not Like This Car If... What's New for 2010
New for 2010 is the S400 HYBRID model. Aesthetically, the S-Class receives a mild facelift and a few interior enhancements, including an innovative split screen interface shared by the driver and front passenger. New Torque Vectoring Brake and crosswind stabilization further improve the sedan's surefootedness.
The 2010 Mercedes Benz S-Class offers two very distinct on-road experiences. For the driver, it belies its size at higher speeds with an unreasonable level of agility, thanks to a highly responsive chassis and Benz's Active Body Control (ABC). For the passenger, it simply feels like it's floating above the pavement rather than actually touching it. Power delivery from the 5.5-liter V8 is silky smooth with lots of brawn throughout the rev band, and the seven-speed automatic transmission is the perfect mate for this engine. For even more performance – outlandish performance – there's the V12-powered S600, or a choice of two completely over-the-top AMG models. Going in the other direction, more progressive buyers may opt for the S400. With its seamless mild hybrid powertrain and modest 3.5-liter V6 engine, this green luxury car offers a nice, easy feel with ride and handling similar to the S550.Favorite Features
Active Body Control (ABC) with Crosswind Stabilization
This active suspension continually adjusts to the irregularities of the road, allowing the S-Class to optimize driving dynamics while offering an unprecedented level of ride quality. Crosswind stabilization adds further balance to the car by distributing wheel load in order to maintain directional stability through strong lateral wind gusts.
Atop the centerstack, this innovative dual screen interface allows the driver and front passenger to view different content at the same time. For example, the front passenger can watch a movie while the driver utilizes the navigation system.