Mercedes-Benz gave its S-Class a major rework for the 2014 model year, smoothing out the bodywork and vastly updating the tech. The resulting S550 is an extraordinary luxury sedan that will have the competition struggling to keep up. Read editors' take
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As a mark of its future focus, Mercedes-Benz did away with all incandescent bulbs throughout the car in favor of long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs. Read editors' take
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Where the previous version had prominent fenders, Mercedes-Benz makes the lines of the new model so subtle they get lost in the deep, black paint. Read editors' take
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The air suspension, which gave the previous model such a nice ride, remains, as does the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive format. Read editors' take
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The trunk is wide, but remarkably shallow. It looks like Mercedes-Benz traded trunk space for cabin room. Read editors' take
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Hidden storage can be found under the S550's trunk floor. Read editors' take
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It was a treat getting into these big, comfortable seats, and the experience only got better with the massage function. Read editors' take
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The rear seating area offers as much room as in most long-wheelbase sedans. Read editors' take
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Mercedes-Benz stakes a further claim to the future by fitting the S550 with an LCD instrument cluster and a very wide main LCD. Read editors' take
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The $350 Air Balance package adds this little gizmo that filters and perfumes the cabin air. Read editors' take
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The Comand interface controls work the same way as in the previous model, but get a new look, including metal function buttons. Read editors' take
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The superwide main LCD shows this new, detailed map. It includes 3D-rendered buildings, real-time traffic, and even which intersections have traffic lights. Read editors' take
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Route guidance adds the Eco route option, which optimizes fuel efficiency. However, only the Dynamic route option takes traffic into account. Read editors' take
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Mercedes-Benz adds its app integration feature to the S-Class, and includes a healthy sampling, from Google search to TuneIn Internet radio. Unfortunately, the connection and load times for these apps render them largely unusable. Read editors' take
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The TuneIn radio app lets you find different categories of online stations from around the world. Read editors' take
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Audio sources in the S550 are abundant, although the interface still distinguishes between broadcast and local media. Along with Bluetooth audio, the S550 includes two USB ports in its center console, one for iOS devices and one for USB drives. Read editors' take
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Along with a list of albums, artists, genres, and tracks, you can select music by cover art. Voice command also lets you request specific artists, albums, or tracks. Read editors' take
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The new current track screen shows a list to the right, and lets you easily scroll through to skip or select a specific song. Read editors' take
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The S550 comes with HD Radio for both the AM and FM bands. Read editors' take
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Burmester audio comes standard in the S550, although you can upgrade to a surround-sound version. Read editors' take
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Buttons to the lower left engage lane-keeping assistance and the new Steering Assist feature. Read editors' take
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The backup camera presents a very distinct, clear image and includes trajectory lines that help when parking. Read editors' take
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