BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | Sedans: Mercedes-Benz S550

  • Photo by Mercedes-Benz; copyright 2013 Mercedes-Benz USA
    Photo by Mercedes-Benz; copyright 2013 Mercedes-Benz USA
  • Joe Richardson

The sixth generation of the company’s venerable S-Class, the Mercedes-Benz S550 (www.mbusa​.com) offers best-in-class safety features and an upgraded interior that befits a flagship model. They include an optional array of cameras and radar sensors with which the car scans its surroundings for other vehicles, pedestrians, and even potholes so that it can engage the brakes, steering, and suspension to make evasive maneuvers. These electronic sentries are among the many features that enhance a driver’s confidence; the S550, which has a starting price of about $93,000, exemplifies Mercedes-Benz’s knack for making big, heavy cars that handle with aplomb and go like the wind. Power from the 449 hp, 4.6-liter biturbo V-8 arrives smoothly, responding to the driver’s commands quickly and quietly.  

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