2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

Even as BMW, Audi and Jaguar throw new cars into the luxury-flagship ring, Mercedes-Benz has kept its S-Class sedan competitive, with sedans that start below $90,000 and top out at more than double that.

The S-Class is still a spectacle of refinement — though it's dinged in small part by an inconsistent accelerator pedal.

While the S-Class is four years into the current generation, new for 2010 is the V-6-powered S400 Hybrid, which we cover in greater detail here. It anchors the bottom of the S-Class lineup. In order of ascending price, the rest of the lineup includes the S550, S63 AMG, S600 and S65 AMG. Click here to compare the group. All five models employ rear-wheel drive, but the S550 also offers all-wheel drive. I evaluated an all-wheel-drive S550.

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Service messages
Information on the type of service and service intervals (see separate Service Booklet). You can obtain further information from an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or at http://www.mbusa.com (U ...

Releasing the parking lock manually
In the event of an electrical malfunction, it is possible to release the selector lever lock manually to move it out of position P, e.g. if you wish to tow the vehicle away. Do not use any s ...

Selecting a category/playlist/folder
iPod® and certain MP3 players For an iPod® or MP3 player, you can select tracks using categories or folders. Depending on the device connected, the following categories may be available, for e ...