2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid: First Look (15 Photos)

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Competes with: Audi A8 TDI, BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid, Lexus LS 600h
Looks like: An S-Class with enough rear signage for Mercedes' lettering supplier to hire an extra shift
Drivetrain: 436-hp (combined), turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and electric motor with seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015, California only

Witness the reprisal of Mercedes-Benz's S-Class hybrid, this time in the form of a plug-in S550. The S550 Plug-in Hybrid teams a turbocharged V-6 with an electric motor that runs off a battery you can plug in to recharge. Whereas its predecessor, the 2010-2013 S400 Hybrid, was a plug-free "mild" hybrid that couldn't actually travel on electric power alone, Mercedes says its successor can do that for up to 20 miles.

Related: More Hybrids/Alternative Fuels News

Typical of Mercedes' flagship sedan, the S550 plug-in electric vehicle boasts a kitchen sink's worth of other features. Among them are haptic gas-pedal feedback and drivetrain logic that purportedly adapts its efficiency strategy to the road and traffic around you.

By Kelsey Mays | September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Vehicles Affected: More than 150 model-year 2011-12 Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedans, including the S550, S550 4matic, S63, S600, S65 AMG and S400 Hybrid, all manufactured between March 3 and July 30, 2011

The Problem: The tire pressure monitoring system indicators may only illuminate for a portion of the time required by federal standards, and under certain conditions may not re-illuminate immediately after the vehicle is restarted, as required. If all four wheel sensors are simultaneously malfunctioning or missing, the tire pressure monitoring system will provide an initial warning, but the warning will not automatically repeat on subsequent ignition cycles, failing to remind the driver that the system is offline. Driving unknowingly with incorrectly inflated tires may result in sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mercedes-Benz will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will reprogram the tire pressure monitoring unit for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, GLK350 4matic

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Vehicles Affected: More than 200 model-year 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and GLK350 4matic luxury crossovers manufactured between May 31 and Aug. 2, 2012

The Problem: Voltage in the parking lamp circuit exceeds the maximum allowable value. The higher illumination level may cause glare to oncoming vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mercedes-Benz began notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the software calibration number of the subject control unit for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: First Look (43 Photos)

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Competes with: Porsche 911, Audi R8, Dodge Viper, Bentley Continental

Looks like: A sleeker, more powerful fixed coupe version of the SL roadster

Drivetrain: Twin-turbocharged 456- (GT) or 503-hp (GT S), 4.0-liter V-8; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: The GT S will be available in spring 2015, the GT in 2016

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the successor to the outrageous gull-wing SLS AMG coupe, the 2016 AMG GT and GT S coupe. This is the second flagship sports car to be built in-house by the company's high-performance tuning arm AMG, and it brings a completely new, aluminum-intensive body structure and a smaller, turbocharged engine to a more conventional sports car layout. By doing so it hopes to compete with other high-end, two-seat sports cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8 and Dodge Viper.

By Aaron Bragman | September 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

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"The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is no all-out sport sedan, but it's one hell of an appealing luxury car," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Expert Review

By Matt Schmitz | August 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sport Suspension Changed My Tune on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

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We often test-drive cars at drive events on unfamiliar roads. This can paint a different picture of how that same model may perform when driven in and around Cars.com's Chicago headquarters, where the majority of our testing occurs.

When I tested the new Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG last year in our nation's capital, I was sure that the area's pockmarked roads were so similar to Chicago's brutal terrain that the overtly firm ride I was experiencing was a no-go — even in a trim level meant for extreme performance.

Related: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe Photo Gallery (39 Photos)

Here's what I said in my original review: "The AMG's ride is extremely rough, with jolts coming through sharply over every road imperfection. It's so severe that it reminded me of more aggressive alterations like Audi's RS5 coupe."

Recently, another 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG arrived in our Chicago fleet. When I picked up the keys I was expecting to relive that brutal ride. I was pleasantly flabbergasted that this CLA45 AMG didn't ride anything like I remembered.

By David Thomas | August 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Review

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"The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is a refined Sunday driver that's priced competitively against more purpose-built roadsters, and it's well-executed to boot," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays notes that the addition of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class' high-performance AMG version got here fast, following the entry-level luxury car's introduction last year. Does the AMG's amped-up engine translate to driving fun worthy of its new initials? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: First Drive

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Want a taste of the good life without eviscerating the kids' college fund? Buy an entry-luxury sedan like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a car that's anchored the bottom of Mercedes' U.S. lineup for more than two decades.

Related: Mercedes Prices All-New 2015 C-Class at $39,325

Or not. The outgoing C-Class sedan sputtered into last place in 2013's $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge. That was for a turbocharged four-cylinder C250 Sport, but we drove a V-6 C350 soon after, and it didn't redeem much. If this is the baby Benz, a lot of bathwater needed draining.

Drain it, Mercedes did. With the CLA-Class now anchoring the bottom of the lineup, Mercedes moved the redesigned C-Class upmarket in terms of both quality and price. The redesign hits dealers late this month in all-wheel-drive C300/C400 form and early 2015 in rear-drive C300 form, and it's eminently more desirable than the car it replaces.

By Kelsey Mays | August 4, 2014 | Comments (13)

Mercedes Prices All-New 2015 C-Class at $39,325

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Mercedes-Benz announced pricing for its all-new, larger 2015 C-Class, with a rear-wheel drive C300 costing $39,325, including a $925 destination fee. The 2015 C-Class hits the road on Aug. 25, though you won't be seeing any on dealerships lots with the entry-level price until the first quarter of 2015.

Related: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: First Look

Going on sale first are all-wheel-drive versions (4Matic) of the 241-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder C300 and 329-hp, twin-turbocharged V-6 C400, priced at $41,325 and $49,515, respectively. The 2015 C-Class brings big changes to the sedan with new powertrains, a new interior that wooed our editors on the auto-show floor and a longer wheelbase for additional backseat passenger room. Mercedes' transformation of the C-Class is much needed against competitors like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

By Joe Bruzek | August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

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