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2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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$12,131 — $39,771 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
15-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Highway poise
  • Robust 5.5-liter V-8
  • Seat comfort
  • Intuitive Comand system
  • Massive backseat

The Bad

  • Maneuverability in tight spaces
  • Numerous tech features could pose reliability problems later
2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • New S350 diesel
  • S400 Hybrid
  • Many high-tech features available
  • RWD or AWD
  • High-performance AMG versions available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz's flagship S-Class sedan added the S400 Hybrid last year, and for 2011 it will introduce the S350 Bluetec, a 50-state turbocharged diesel model. The S-Class shares luxury-sedan real estate with competitors like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

New for 2011
With the arrival of the S350, Mercedes revives its tradition of offering a diesel engine in its biggest sedan. The S350 uses a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and comes with standard all-wheel drive. The high-performance S63 AMG has a new 536-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 and start/stop technology, while the S65 AMG's twin-turbo V-12 puts out more horsepower, 621 hp, compared with 2010.

A new telematics system called "mbrace" replaces Tele Aid and adds features such as the ability to lock and unlock doors remotely and locate a vehicle in a parking lot by connecting through an iPhone or BlackBerry.


Exterior
The S-Class received minor styling changes for 2010 but has retained the same basic appearance.
  • S400 Hybrid gets new 18-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • S63 AMG gets new 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels
  • LED daytime running lights for all but S400


Interior
Chrome and wood accents adorn the inside of the S-Class, which has room for up to five people. As opposed to a console-located gearshift, the driver selects Park, Drive and Reverse via a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Drivers who wish to manually control the automatic transmission can u...
Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz's flagship S-Class sedan added the S400 Hybrid last year, and for 2011 it will introduce the S350 Bluetec, a 50-state turbocharged diesel model. The S-Class shares luxury-sedan real estate with competitors like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

New for 2011
With the arrival of the S350, Mercedes revives its tradition of offering a diesel engine in its biggest sedan. The S350 uses a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and comes with standard all-wheel drive. The high-performance S63 AMG has a new 536-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 and start/stop technology, while the S65 AMG's twin-turbo V-12 puts out more horsepower, 621 hp, compared with 2010.

A new telematics system called "mbrace" replaces Tele Aid and adds features such as the ability to lock and unlock doors remotely and locate a vehicle in a parking lot by connecting through an iPhone or BlackBerry.


Exterior
The S-Class received minor styling changes for 2010 but has retained the same basic appearance.
  • S400 Hybrid gets new 18-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • S63 AMG gets new 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels
  • LED daytime running lights for all but S400


Interior
Chrome and wood accents adorn the inside of the S-Class, which has room for up to five people. As opposed to a console-located gearshift, the driver selects Park, Drive and Reverse via a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Drivers who wish to manually control the automatic transmission can use shift paddles on the steering wheel.
  • Standard "mbrace" telematics system
  • Comand system with 6.5-inch dash screen and center-console control knob
  • Split-view dashboard screen can show different content at same time for driver and passenger
  • Optional massaging front seats
  • Massive backseat
  • Optional infrared night-vision system projects black-and-white video image on instrument cluster display
  • Optional lane departure warning system and driver drowsiness monitor


Under the Hood
In addition to the hybrid V-6 and new diesel V-6, available engines include two V-8s and two V-12s, all of which team with automatic transmissions.
  • S400 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic with a total system output of 295 horsepower
  • S350 has a 241-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and seven-speed automatic
  • S550 features a 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 and drives a seven-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive is standard on S550, and 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional
  • S600 powered by a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 and features a five-speed automatic
  • S63 AMG has a new 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 536 hp and works with a seven-speed automatic
  • S65 AMG uses a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 and a five-speed automatic


Safety
Safety features include Mercedes-Benz's Pre-Safe system, which can tighten the front seat belts, close the sunroof and side windows, and adjust passenger seats for optimal safety when it senses an impending collision. The optional Pre-Safe Brake applies the brakes automatically in such situations. The S-Class can also get Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and Pre-Safe Brake. Pre-Safe Brake works in conjunction with Distronic Plus radar signals and can slow the car automatically to lessen the severity of a collision. All S-Class models except the S400 Hybrid include as standard "Attention Assist" that Mercedes says can alert the driver when he or she is drowsy and should take a rest. Standard safety equipment includes:
  • Antilock brakes
  • Front and rear side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Electronic stability system


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
21 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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by Knockout rod from Md on November 15, 2018

If you looking for a powerful 4-door sedan and drives like a four-door this is the car for you drives good handles well good brakes. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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