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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Mercedes-Benz S600

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MPG 12 City / 19 Highway
Pros
  • Horsepower to rival sports cars
  • An array of luxury features come standard
  • Supple ride
  • Handles like a smaller car
Cons
  • Incredibly expensive
  • Terrible fuel economy
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It's hard to beat the civilized performance and full-size luxury of the Mercedes-Benz S600.

Introduction

The S-Class is one of the longest-running in Mercedes history, as its roots date back to the introduction of the 1951 Mercedes-Benz 220. Heading into the 2013 model year, the S-Class has seen huge changes in technology and performance, but it remains the top-flight sedan in the luxury automaker's lineup.

The 2013 model year S600 is effectively a carryover from the 2012 model year, as Mercedes takes care not to mess too much with its previous success. It comes standard with a 5.5-liter V-8 engine with a pair of turbochargers that bump its output to 510 horsepower and 612 foot-pounds of torque. This powerful engine links up to a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. This driveline nets the 2013 S600 12 mpg city and 19 mpg highway while launching it to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

The 2013 S600 comes in only a single trim level, just as most Mercedes-Benz models do. This base model features a perfect balance of luxury, performance and comfort with standard features, like: leather seating, 15-speaker audio system, paddle shifters and stability control.

Competition for the 2013 S600 is, as expected, fairly thing, but extremely tight. First up is the S600’s annual competitor, the BMW 760i, which comes standard with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine with 535 horsepower, premium leather seating and a 16-speaker, 600-watt sound system. Next up is the Audi A8 L W12 6.3 quattro, which comes with a 6.3-liter W-12 engine with 500 horsepower, 16-way power seats with premium leather and a 630-watt, 14-speaker stereo system. Last on the list is the 2013 Jaguar XJL Ultimate, which comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 510 horsepower, 20-way power seats with premium leather and a monstrous 20-speaker, 825-watt audio system.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz S600
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2013 Mercedes-Benz S600 Base

Recommended for: Customers that want one of the best luxury sedans available for under $200K

The S600 sits atop the S-Class line of sedans, not including the AMG model, and offers up a great balance between performance and luxury. On the outside, a multi-link suspension electronic stability program, active body control and torque vectoring braking keep the S600 on the road safely. Luxurious exterior features include bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights 19-inch alloy wheels and heated headlight washers. Inside the cabin, Mercedes surrounds you in luxury with its semi-aniline leather upholstery, 12-way power front seats, panoramic glass roof and quad-zone climate control. Passengers are kept entertained by a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen BeoSound sound system with HD radio, six-disc CD/DVD changer, 7.2 GB of music storage and rear-seat LCD screen for viewing DVDs.

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