3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC
MPG 21 City / 31 Highway
  • Slight diesel clatter is imperceptible in the cabin
  • Peppy around-town performance
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • All-wheel drive
  • Not as quick as gas-powered stablemates
  • Expensive
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With a price tag well in excess of $90,000, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC isn't for penny-pinchers?but it will intrigue luxury buyers who want to reduce their use of natural resources.


Since its official debut in 1972, the S-Class has served as the flagship sedan for Mercedes-Benz. In 2005—the debut year for the model's W221 generation—Mercedes added a BlueTEC variant to this exalted lineup. In doing so, the German automaker introduced a fuel-efficient and eco-friendly diesel option that didn't adversely affect comfort and performance.

Except for making 2012’s Premium 2 option package a standard feature, Mercedes-Benz has brought the handsomely-styled S350 BlueTEC into 2013 unchanged.

Under the hood, a 3-liter V6 diesel engine produces 210 horsepower and a whopping 455 pound-feet of torque. This engine incorporates an oxidizing catalytic converter, a particulate filter, an SCR converter and a NOx storage system to keep harmful emissions as low as possible. Fortunately, all this eco-friendliness doesn't interfere with the sedan's mileage ratings of 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, or its respectable 7-second sprint to 60 mph.

A seven-speed automatic transmission features two overdrive ratios—these keep cruising rpm low and enhance peak highway fuel economy. A paddle-shift interface involves the driver in the shifting process when desired. And standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive provides excellent traction.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC
Starting price

2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC Base

Recommended for: Buyers who want a premium sedan and excellent fuel economy.

The 2013 S350 BlueTEC is the entry-level S-Class model. It comes in one feature-packed trim that includes: an adaptive air suspension; four-piston front calipers with perforated rotors; bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination and LED daytime running lamps; 18-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels; 10-way airbag protection; a rearview camera; SmartKey remote keyless entry; rain-sensing wipers; grained-leather upholstery; 12-way power front seats with active multicontour, massage, heating and ventilation; a universal garage door opener; heated, power side-view mirrors; and a Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 audio system with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, MP3 interface, a six-disc CD/DVD changer, 7.2 GB of music storage, SiriusXM with one-year subscription, Bluetooth connectivity and a hard-drive-based navigation system.

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