2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Car Seat Check

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Kids bring so much joy into their parents' lives. They also bring a lot of mess. Whether its mud-caked shoes or the constant debris of cracker crumbs and sticky fingerprints they leave in their wake, kids and messes go together like peanut butter and jelly. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a luxurious sedan, may be too nice to put kids in, especially considering its $93,825 price tag (including destination); our test car cost $122,895. If that price didn't make you blink, keep reading. The good news is the five-passenger S550 earned top marks across the board in our Car Seat Check.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | December 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: First Look

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Competes with: BMW X6 and any other SUV billed as a "coupe"

Looks like: A BMW X6 wearing a Mercedes CLA-Class face mask

Drivetrain: 362-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6; nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late summer 2015

Coupe-inspired SUVs aren't exactly lighting up the sales charts — BMW sold 421 units of the X6 in November — but Mercedes-Benz isn't letting that keep it from launching the 2016 GLE Coupe. It pains me to call this thing a coupe because it's an SUV and has four doors, though the coupelike inspiration is there with a sleek fastback profile, and Mercedes is gearing this odd duck for sports-car-like performance rather than off-road prowess.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

GLE is Mercedes' new nomenclature for the former midsize ML-Class SUV, a 'ute that features two rows of seating and room for five occupants. That configuration carries over to the GLE Coupe. The GLE 450 AMG 4Matic trim level will be the first to debut late next summer with its standard twin-turbocharged V-6, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

By Joe Bruzek | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Used-Car Prices Reach New Low in November

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Black Friday deals may be on the minds of many shoppers right now, but it's also a good time to grab a deal on a used car. Since April, when prices were at their peak for the year, late-model used-car prices have fallen every month thereafter and currently average $21,758 — a decrease of $1,660.

Prices for used Audi A3 and A6 cars surged last month, but they gave up their gains and then some in November. A3 prices fell 6.6 percent ($1,590) this month to lead all models, and the A6 was second with a 5.6 percent ($2,087) drop. The all-electric Nissan Leaf had the third-largest decrease in asking price with a 4.7 percent ($821) decline.

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As Audi prices weakened, Mercedes-Benz prices strengthened. There were just eight models in November that saw their average prices increase, but four of them were from the luxury brand including the S-Class flagship sedan, which led all models with a 1.4 percent ($810) gain. The Infiniti M37 sedan was next with its average price up 1.1 percent ($344), and following it was the Mercedes M-Class SUV, which saw its price rise 0.8 percent ($311).

The charts below detail used cars from the 2011 to 2013 model years with the biggest price drops and increases. To be eligible for the lists, a model had to have at least 250 cars in Cars.com's national inventory.

By Mike Hanley | November 26, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays is literally sitting in the lap of luxury in his latest video from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mercedes wants to make Maybach a separate sub-brand, and the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is the automaker's first offering.

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Mays says the car is opulent, inside and out, and rear-seat room is absolutely outrageous.  Watch the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Photo Gallery (31 Photos)

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The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG certainly isn't ashamed that it's the high-performance variant of the C-Class. Racing cues abound on the luxury sedan, now making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, from widened aluminum fenders and rear wheels to "power domes" on the hood to a trio of rear diffuser fins.

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Building on the regular C-Class' standard aluminum cabin trim, the C63 AMG adds performance seats covered in faux leather and microfiber. In Edition 1 models, the seats have black Nappa leather highlighted with a diamond pattern; plus there’s red contrast stitching on the badged performance steering wheel.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

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

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600: Up Close

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As the first Cars.com editor to view in person the Mercedes-Maybach S600 detailed in our earlier report, I can corroborate that it is indeed a larger S-Class with some extra badges on it.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

That might be diminishing it too much, because it also has finer interior materials and gizmos, as billed to go along with the new high-end name of Maybach. The backseat is indeed cavernous, which makes it both unique and of extremely limited appeal in the U.S. market. The requisite reclining seats are here; the primary difference being that there's enough legroom for adults of decent heights to use the leg rests — unlike some limousine-style luxury sedans that include the ottomans regardless.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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Kanye West may be disappointed to learn that the return of the stratospherically expensive luxury brand name Maybach won't be accompanied by that old-school opulence on the window sticker. Instead, he’ll have to settle for an extended-length 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 luxury sedan with the three-point star logo on the hood, steering wheel and tail, while "Maybach" adorns the trunk lid to let other drivers know what they're in line behind.

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Inside is a spacious cabin with posh appointments, exclusive materials and unique seats with upholstery-stitched window pillars, power rear seats with extending ottomans and quilted leather along the seats, center armrest and footwells. So Yeezus will just have to make do.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S: First Drive

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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe was a unique sports car — crazy fast, equipped with crowd-favorite gull-wing doors and seriously expensive; it was a limited production machine meant for an exclusive clientele. When it came time to replace it, Mercedes-Benz decided that it would be better not to and instead go after a segment in which it previously had no entry: the high-end sports car market. Players like the standard bearer Porsche 911 as well as the Audi R8, Nissan GT-R, Dodge Viper and Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 all operate in this expensive yet still accessible niche, but Mercedes-Benz didn't have a dog in that hunt — until now.

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

Enter the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S. Note that it's not labeled a Mercedes-Benz — this is part of the company's new branding scheme that has created two sub-brands aside from Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach. While the Maybachs will be ultra-luxury cruisers aimed at Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars, AMGs will be serious sports machines, like the GT and the AMG variants of traditional sedans and SUVs in the brand's lineup.

The GT, however, needs to prove if it is a true 911 fighter or not. I tested the GT S version on public roads and at the track to find out.

By Aaron Bragman | November 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600: First Look

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Competes with:
Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, other Mercedes S-Class sedans
Looks like: A longer S-Class with more badging — you know, in case Mercedes' badging changes weren't confusing enough
Drivetrain: 523-horsepower, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 with seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

Remember Maybach? The ultra-luxury brand from 1920s Germany got a reboot by then-DaimlerChrysler in the 2000s, giving moneyed shoppers the Type 57 and Type 62 sedans and eventually the preposterously expensive Type 62 Landaulet. Sales topped out at just 244 cars in 2004, miniscule even for an ultra-luxury brand. The recession put the final nail in Maybach's gold-plated coffin, and the brand had its swan-song year in 2012.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

Well, the swan — or song — is back. Mercedes plans to bestow the Maybach designation on a modified V-12 S-Class sedan, complete with extra trunk badging to signal the difference. Mercedes released several images of the car. It debuts this month during auto shows in Guangzhou, China, and Los Angeles, which signals Mercedes' intent to launch Maybach as a global brand. But the once-stratospheric pricing will come down to earth, if only a bit.

By Kelsey Mays | November 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

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It seems to be happening all the time in the auto industry. A manufacturer just isn't happy with its vehicles' names, especially when it wants to add new, additional models to the lineup.

Related: Cadillac Changes All Model Names To Alphanumeric, Starts With CT6, etc.

Mercedes-Benz is the latest to do the ole name switcheroo in advance of this year's auto show season. While the company's sedans will continue as-is, that can't be said of its SUV and sports car lineup.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (5)

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