THE SLUGGISH SUPERHEAVYWEIGHT: 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550
PRICE AS TESTED: $109,900 OVERALL RATING: 86/100
POUND FOR POUND SCORE: 0.78
HIGHS: Acceleration, ride, handling, steering, quietness, interior room, seat comfort, fit and finish
LOWS: Controls, price
TALE OF THE TAPE: The Mercedez-Benz S-Class, with its luxurious styling and exceptional performance, it is obviously a beautiful vehicle. You won’t be thinking about ratings or scores as you glide along the road, roar down hills and nimbly turn corners. S-Class delivers on all of its promises, but the promises don't come cheap. The S-Class ranks in CR's upper flight, but many cars of similar quality of considerably less expensive. Consider that the Toyota Camry scored two full points better (88) than the S-Class for less than a quarter the price ($23,700). It makes wonder whether the "S" stands for "senseless."