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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2012 Porsche Panamera 2012 Lexus LS
     
S550 Sedan
  • S600 Sedan
  • S350 4MATIC Sedan
  • S550 Sedan
  • S550 4MATIC Sedan
4dr HB
  • 4dr HB
  • 4dr HB 4
  • 4dr HB S
  • 4dr HB 4S
4dr Sdn RWD
  • 4dr Sdn RWD
  • 4dr Sdn AWD
  • 4dr Sdn L RWD
  • 4dr Sdn L AWD

Prices

MSRP $94,500 $75,200 $67,630
Invoice $87,885 $67,500 $62,219
Avg. Paid N/A N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.9 9.0 8.9
Critics' Rating 9.0 8.8 8.6
Performance 8.3 9.0 8.1
Interior 8.8 8.9 8.7
Safety N/A N/A N/A
Reliability 4.0 4.5 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Luxurious, roomy interior
  • Impressive safety features
  • Quiet ride
  • Competitive power
  • Exceptional performance
  • Spacious interior
  • High-grade cabin materials
  • Opulent interior
  • Base trim is a good value
  • Optional stereo boasts exceptional sound quality
Cons
  • Confusing cabin electronics
  • Numb steering
  • Expensive sticker price
  • Options are expensive
  • Only seats four
  • Controversial exterior styling
  • Outperformed by most European rivals
  • Pricey options

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V8 4.6L/285 Gas V6 3.6L/220 Gas V8 4.6L/281
MPG 15 City / 25 Hwy 18 City / 27 Hwy 16 City / 24 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan Hatchback Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 124.6 115.0 116.9
Length, Overall (in) 206.5 195.7 199.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 83.2 73.8
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 55.8 58.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4740 3880 4244

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Optional Optional
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Optional Optional
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Optional Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Keyless Start Optional Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Standard Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Optional Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 109.0 98.0 103.0
Front Head Room (in) 37.8 38.0 38.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.9 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.1 51.9 58.5
Front Hip Room (in) 60.8 - TBD - 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 38.2 38.0
Second Leg Room (in) 42.3 33.3 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 51.7 56.9
Second Hip Room (in) 60.9 - TBD - 55.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 44.6
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 16.4 18.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Optional Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Standard Optional Standard
Entertainment System Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Optional Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard Standard Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Standard Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Standard Optional Optional
Cooled Rear Seat Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Optional Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard Standard Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Night Vision Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V6 Gas V8
Displacement 4.6L/285 3.6L/220 4.6L/281
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 429 @ 5250 300 @ 6200 380 @ 6400
Torque (Net @ RPM) 516 @ 1800-3500 295 @ 3750 367 @ 4100
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/manual shift
Turning diameter 40.0 39.3 35.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 18 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 27 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 21.1 22.2

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional Optional
Air Suspension Standard Optional Optional
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard Optional
7-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard