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It's impossible to think of cars without thinking of Mercedes. The company's founder, Karl Benz, is widely considered responsible for the first automobile, with the invention of his Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1886. For the 125 years since, Mercedes has remained at the forefront of automotive ingenuity,
the bar by which most other cars are measured. With such a long and rich history, the company has introduced more new technologies than any other brand and contributed to the automotive realm well beyond their normal dealership lineup, with buses and trucks serving cities and militaries the world over. Even in the showroom, Mercedes offers one of the most eclectic ranges of vehicles available from one manufacturer, with everything from a supercar inspired by one of their most famous racecars, to some of the most capable SUVs on the market. It remains now, as it has been for seemingly ever, the world's ultimate luxury brand.
The newest addition to the three-pointed star's lineup is the new CLA, a sub-$30,000 sedan with FWD and 208 horsepower. The C-Class is the former baby of the group, but carries on above new CLA in sedan and coupe bodies with several engines and drivetrains to choose from. The E-Class is available with even more drivetrain options, as well as convertible and wagon variants. The S-Class is the flagship sedan for the flagship brand and has introduced more new technologies to the automotive world than any other nameplate. For a sort-of sportier experience than the massive S-Class, the CL is ultimately the same car with only two doors. The sportiest of the brand's sedans offerings is the "four-door coupe" CLS with a 402 horsepower twin-turbo V8 the WEAKEST engine option. It's an extraordinary array.
Mercedes introduced the world to the luxury SUV with the ML and now offers four distinct off-road models. The GLK is least likely to actually leave the smooth city streets, but recalls the strong boxy lines of the brutal military project G-Class, which has gone largely unchanged in its 30 years of existence. The M carries on in the middle with comfortable seating for five and is one of the few Mercedes available in the states with diesel power, along with the award-winning seven-passenger GL.
Some of the most iconic sports cars in the world have worn the Mercedes star proudly on their nose, and that tradition continues today. The SLK was the first convertible to offer a folding hardtop roof when it was introduced more than a decade ago, and the new model now features a glass panel that changes opacity at the touch of a button. The SL is one of the longest running nameplates in the automotive pantheon and continues innovating with features like Air-Scarf and a stereo integrated into the car's frame. The benchmark of the MB sports car lineup recalls one of the most beautiful and well-known sports cars of all time, the 300SL Gullwing. The new Gullwing, the SLS AMG, is the first car developed entirely by Mercedes' performance division AMG and features a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 tucked under its hood.
Nearly every Mercedes is available in high-performance AMG spec with torquey V8s or even a twin-turbo V12 in the S65, SL65 and CL65. See more... See Less