2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$92,350-$212,000
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What's New for 2013:

  • Standard reversing camera
  • Standard park-assist sensors with parking guidance
  • Standard Keyless Go passive entry system
  • Standard active multi-contour massaging front seats with heating and ventilation
  • Standard comfort headrests with adjustable side wings

Exterior Features
Mercedes-Benz offers six different versions of the 2013 S-Class: S350 BlueTec, S400 Hybrid, S550, S600, S63 AMG, and S65 AMG. The S63 AMG and S65 AMG are covered in a separate overview.

Standard equipment for this 5-passenger premium luxury sedan includes bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination, automatic high-beam headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, power-folding and heated exterior mirrors, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior Features
Every 2013 S350 BlueTec, S400 Hybrid, and S550 is equipped with leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated active front seats with massage, wood interior trim, ambient cabin lighting, wood/leather steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A power sunroof, Keyless Go entry and push-button ignition, and a universal garage door opener are also included on the S-Class, along with a power trunk closer and a power rear window shade. The standard COMAND system includes Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system, 7.2-gigabyte music register hard drive, and a 600-watt premium surround-sound audio system with HD Radio and satellite radio.

Optional Features
Options for the S350 BlueTec, S400 Hybrid, and S550 include a Driver Assistance package (active cruise control, blind-spot assist, lane-keeping assist); Sport package (19- or 20-inch AMG wheels, exterior body kit); and a Rear Seat package (8-way power-adjustable outboard rear seats with heating and ventilation, 4-zone automatic climate control system).

Additional options for these versions of the S-Class include a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound premium audio system, split-view front-seat entertainment system, rear-seat entertainment system, power rear side-window sunshades, panoramic sunroof, upgraded leather, heated steering wheel, and Night View Assist Plus with Pedestrian Detection.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S600 includes nearly all of these items as standard equipment, and adds premium semi-aniline leather upholstery. The only options are the split-view front-seat entertainment system and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
Each version of the 2013 Mercedes S-Class is equipped with its own unique engine. A 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter, turbo-diesel V-6 engine is installed in the S350 BlueTec model, which generates 455 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 2,400 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters directs the power to all four wheels through a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

The 2013 Mercedes S400 Hybrid pairs a 3.5-liter V-6 engine to an electric assist motor and a Lithium-ion battery for a combined output of 295 horsepower and 284 lb.-ft. of torque. The S400 Hybrid is equipped with automatic stop/start technology, 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and rear-wheel drive.

The 2013 Mercedes S550 has a twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine generating 429 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,800 rpm and 3,500 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. An Active Body Control suspension and 4Matic all-wheel drive are optional.

The 2013 Mercedes S600 is endowed with a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-12 engine generating 510 horsepower and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is delivered to the rear wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are:

  • S350 BlueTec: 21/31/25 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • S400 Hybrid: 19/25/21 mpg
  • S550: 15/25/19 mpg
  • S550 4Matic: 15/24/18 mpg
  • S600: 12/19/14 mpg

Safety
Mercedes-Benz installs 8 air bags in every S-Class, along with a traction and stability control system, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, Predictive Brake Priming, brake drying, and torque vectoring braking. Additional standard safety features include hill-start assist, hill-hold assist, Mbrace telematics service, rain-sensing wipers, reversing camera, and park-assist sensors. Standard Attention Assist technology is designed to detect a drowsy driver, and a PreSafe system automatically readies the vehicle for a crash by closing the windows and moving the seats to a position for optimal safety.

The 2013 S-Class is offered with an active blind-spot assist system and an active lane-keeping assist system, each of which are designed to take corrective action if the driver does not. Night View Assist Plus with Pedestrian Detection puts an infrared image of the road ahead on the monitor embedded into the gauge cluster, augmenting the headlights and highlighting the presence of pedestrians. Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control keeps a set distance between the S-Class and traffic ahead, automatically accelerating and braking the vehicle when traveling at speeds up to 125 miles per hour, according to Mercedes. Models equipped with the Active Body Control suspension include crosswind stabilization, which reconfigures wheel load distribution and stabilizes the car.

As this overview is written, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Mercedes S-Class.

What's New for 2013:

  • Standard reversing camera
  • Standard park-assist sensors with parking guidance
  • Standard Keyless Go passive entry system
  • Standard active multi-contour massaging front seats with heating and ventilation
  • Standard comfort headrests with adjustable side wings

Exterior Features
Mercedes-Benz offers six different versions of the 2013 S-Class: S350 BlueTec, S400 Hybrid, S550, S600, S63 AMG, and S65 AMG. The S63 AMG and S65 AMG are covered in a separate overview.

Standard equipment for this 5-passenger premium luxury sedan includes bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination, automatic high-beam headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, power-folding and heated exterior mirrors, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior Features
Every 2013 S350 BlueTec, S400 Hybrid, and S550 is equipped with leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated active front seats with massage, wood interior trim, ambient cabin lighting, wood/leather steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A power sunroof, Keyless Go entry and push-button ignition, and a universal garage door opener are also included on the S-Class, along with a power trunk closer and a power rear window shade. The standard COMAND system includes Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system, 7.2-gigabyte music register hard drive, and a 600-watt premium surround-sound audio system with HD Radio and satellite radio.

Optional Features
Options for the S350 BlueTec, S400 Hybrid, and S550 include a Driver Assistance package (active cruise control, blind-spot assist, lane-keeping assist); Sport package (19- or 20-inch AMG wheels, exterior body kit); and a Rear Seat package (8-way power-adjustable outboard rear seats with heating and ventilation, 4-zone automatic climate control system).

Additional options for these versions of the S-Class include a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound premium audio system, split-view front-seat entertainment system, rear-seat entertainment system, power rear side-window sunshades, panoramic sunroof, upgraded leather, heated steering wheel, and Night View Assist Plus with Pedestrian Detection.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S600 includes nearly all of these items as standard equipment, and adds premium semi-aniline leather upholstery. The only options are the split-view front-seat entertainment system and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
Each version of the 2013 Mercedes S-Class is equipped with its own unique engine. A 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter, turbo-diesel V-6 engine is installed in the S350 BlueTec model, which generates 455 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,600 rpm and 2,400 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters directs the power to all four wheels through a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

The 2013 Mercedes S400 Hybrid pairs a 3.5-liter V-6 engine to an electric assist motor and a Lithium-ion battery for a combined output of 295 horsepower and 284 lb.-ft. of torque. The S400 Hybrid is equipped with automatic stop/start technology, 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and rear-wheel drive.

The 2013 Mercedes S550 has a twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine generating 429 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,800 rpm and 3,500 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. An Active Body Control suspension and 4Matic all-wheel drive are optional.

The 2013 Mercedes S600 is endowed with a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-12 engine generating 510 horsepower and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is delivered to the rear wheels through a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are:

  • S350 BlueTec: 21/31/25 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • S400 Hybrid: 19/25/21 mpg
  • S550: 15/25/19 mpg
  • S550 4Matic: 15/24/18 mpg
  • S600: 12/19/14 mpg

Safety
Mercedes-Benz installs 8 air bags in every S-Class, along with a traction and stability control system, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, Predictive Brake Priming, brake drying, and torque vectoring braking. Additional standard safety features include hill-start assist, hill-hold assist, Mbrace telematics service, rain-sensing wipers, reversing camera, and park-assist sensors. Standard Attention Assist technology is designed to detect a drowsy driver, and a PreSafe system automatically readies the vehicle for a crash by closing the windows and moving the seats to a position for optimal safety.

The 2013 S-Class is offered with an active blind-spot assist system and an active lane-keeping assist system, each of which are designed to take corrective action if the driver does not. Night View Assist Plus with Pedestrian Detection puts an infrared image of the road ahead on the monitor embedded into the gauge cluster, augmenting the headlights and highlighting the presence of pedestrians. Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control keeps a set distance between the S-Class and traffic ahead, automatically accelerating and braking the vehicle when traveling at speeds up to 125 miles per hour, according to Mercedes. Models equipped with the Active Body Control suspension include crosswind stabilization, which reconfigures wheel load distribution and stabilizes the car.

As this overview is written, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Mercedes S-Class.

Available Trims for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name S400 Hybrid (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 92350.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name S350 BlueTEC (4dr Sdn 4MATIC) Transmission Automatic MSRP 93000.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name S550 (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 95000.00 Engine 4.6L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/25
Name S550 (4dr Sdn 4MATIC) Transmission Automatic MSRP 98000.00 Engine 4.6L/285 City/Hwy MPG 15/24
Name S63 AMG (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 140000.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 15/23
Name S600 (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 160300.00 Engine 5.5L/336 City/Hwy MPG 12/19
Name S65 AMG (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 212000.00 Engine 6.0L/365 City/Hwy MPG 12/19
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INTERIOR
  • Leather seat trim
  • 14-way pwr heated & ventilated front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar, 3-position driver seat memory
  • Active adjustable front head restraints
  • (3) rear pwr retractable adjustable head restraints (2011)
  • Front/rear floor mats (2011)
  • Pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering column -inc: memory, programmable easy-exit feature
  • Wood & leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering wheel mounted controls -inc: audio, voice, telephone, multi-function display (2011)
  • Steering wheel shift paddles (2011)
  • Central controller w/8" COMAND display
  • Multi-function displays in instrument cluster faces (2011)
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
  • Digital instrumentation -inc: speedometer, odometer, Touch Shift gear & shift modes selection, tachometer, fuel gauge
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down (2011)
  • SmartKey infrared remote -inc: remote central locking, trunk open, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock, windows & sunroof open/close, active ventilated front seats on, automatic locking (2011)
  • Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener (2011)
  • Cruise control
  • Pwr trunk closer
  • Anti-theft alarm w/engine immobilizer
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control -inc: electrostatic dust & pollen filters, sun, humidity & dew point sensors, seat belt usage sensors (allows climate control to focus first on occupied seats)
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
  • Eucalyptus interior wood trim
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror (2011)
  • Auxiliary pwr outlet (2011)
  • Pwr rear window sunshade w/1-touch up/down
  • Quad illuminated vanity mirrors (2011)
  • Dual front/rear reading lamps (2011)
  • Ambient lighting feature
  • Night security illumination
  • Multi-function displays in instrument cluster faces -inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, oil level check, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, audio status, navigation route guidance (2011)
  • Burl walnut interior wood trim
  • AMG premium leather seat trim
  • Drive-Dynamic multi-contour front seats w/4-level massage feature
  • AMG leather-wrapped sport steering wheel
  • AMG aluminum steering wheel shift paddles
  • AMG instrument cluster w/RACETIMER
  • KEYLESS-GO
  • Pwr rear side window sunshades
  • Exclusive leather seat trim
  • 8-way pwr heated & ventilated outboard rear seats w/memory -inc: multicontour rear seats w/massage, comfort headrests
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Multi-function displays in instrument cluster faces -inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, oil level check, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, audio status, navigation route guidance, adaptive cruise control settings (2011)
  • DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic 4-zone climate control -inc: electrostatic dust & pollen filters, sun, humidity & dew point sensors, seat belt usage sensors (allows climate control to focus first on occupied seats)
  • Brown poplar interior wood trim
  • Alcantara headliner
  • AMG exclusive leather seat trim
EXTERIOR
  • Dual exhaust w/chrome tailpipes
  • 18" 10-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/45R18 all-season tires
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof -inc: 1-touch open/close, sunroof memory
  • Active bi-xenon automatic headlamps -inc: adaptive high beam assist, cornering lights
  • Front foglamps
  • Single rear foglamp
  • Pwr auto-folding heated mirrors -inc: memory, auto-dimming driver mirror, integrated LED turn signals (2011)
  • Infrared-reflecting & noise insulating glass
  • Rain-sensing aero-blade windshield wipers w/heated washer system (2011)
  • Variable doorstop (2011)
  • Soft close doors
  • 18" 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 20" AMG twin 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/35R20 front & P275/35R20 rear high performance tires
  • Dual exhaust w/V12-design chrome tailpipes
  • 19" multi-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/45R19 front & P275/45R19 rear all-season tires
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass panorama sunroof -inc: 1-touch open, front/rear shades
  • 20" AMG twin 5-spoke forged aluminum wheels -inc: 20" x 8.5" front, 20" x 9.5" rear
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 hybrid engine (2011)
  • Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission -inc: sport & ECO shift modes
  • Electronic parking brake w/automatic disengagement (2011)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • AIRMATIC air suspension w/adaptive damping system (ADS II)
  • Independent 4-link front suspension -inc: anti-lift control, stabilizer bar
  • Independent 5-arm multi-link rear suspension -inc: anti-squat & anti-dive systems
  • Direct-steer pwr vehicle-speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr perforated/vented front & vented rear disc brakes
  • 3.0L 24-valve V6 BlueTEC diesel engine
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • 4.6L bi-turbo 32-valve V8 engine
  • AMG 5.5L SOHC bi-turbo 32-valve V8 engine (2011)
  • 7-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission
  • Active Body Control (ABC) w/crosswind stabilization -inc: AMG-calibration, coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/shock absorber at each wheel, automatic 4-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • AMG pwr vehicle-speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering
  • AMG high performance 4-wheel pwr vented disc brakes
  • AMG sport exhaust w/dual twin chrome tailpipes
  • 5.5L SOHC bi-turbo 36-valve V12 engine (2011)
  • Driver-adaptive 5-speed automatic transmission inc: sport & comfort shift modes
  • Active Body Control (ABC) w/crosswind stabilization -inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/shock absorber at each wheel, automatic 4-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • AMG 6.0L SOHC bi-turbo 36-valve V12 engine (2011)
  • 5-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission -inc: sport, comfort & manual shift modes
  • AMG sport exhaust w/dual twin V12-design tailpipes
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system (BAS)
    • Electronic stability control (ESC)
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • LED daytime running lamps
    • Front dual-stage airbags w/adaptive front passenger airbag
    • Front/rear side airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags w/rollover sensor
    • Front passenger occupant classification system
    • PRE-SAFE brake
    • mbrace in-vehicle services -inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification, (6) months Hughes Telematics service
    • 3-point seat belts -inc: pre-tensioners, force limiters
    • Emergency interior trunk release
    • ISOFIX universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Torque vectoring brake system
    • 4-wheel electronic traction system (4ETS)
    • ATTENTION ASSIST driver drowsiness monitor
    • Rear view camera
    • AMG compound braking system w/torque vector brake system
    • AMG 2-stage electronic stability control (ESC)
    • Parktronic w/parking guidance
    • Night View Assist PLUS w/pedestrian protection
    • Active blind spot assist
    • Active lane keeping assist
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: AM/FM/WeatherBand stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer, iPod/MP3 media interface in glovebox, audio input jack, SiriusXM satellite radio w/real-time traffic, HD Radio, (15)-speaker harman/kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, SD memory card slot, Zagat Survey ratings guide, Bluetooth hands-free communication system, voice control, 40-GB hard-drive-based GPS navigation system
    • COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: AM/FM/WeatherBand stereo, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer, iPod/MP3 media interface in glovebox, audio input jack, SiriusXM satellite radio w/real-time traffic, HD Radio, (15)-speaker Bang & Olufsen BeoSound premium sound system w/1000-watts, Zagat Survey ratings guide, Bluetooth hands-free communication, voice control, 40-GB hard-drive-based GPS navigation system
    • Rear seat entertainment system w/(2) remote controls

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