The New York Times
Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff drove this car, if that’s any endorsement. This top-of-the-line, full-size luxury sedan offers some options “that may be frivolous,” including an electronic seat masseuse and an infrared night-vision system. With options, the price can reach $111,330. But “why stop there?” The AMG package, with a twin-turbocharged V12, ups the price to $200,000.
The Washington Post
Subscribe to The Week
Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.
Five adults still have plenty of room in this “vault-like” sedan. With a curb weight of 4,630 pounds, the base model comes equipped with a 5.5-liter, 382-hp V8, linked to a seven-speed transmission. This “motorized fortress” also moves with a sports car’s nimbleness, though highway mileage is only 21 mpg. Crash-avoidance and passive crash-mitigation systems make this one of the safest cars in the world.
Car and Driver
The S550’s “bridge-girder solidity, advanced technology, pulse-raising performance,” and other features are tops in its class. The interior, though, is not as quiet as that of the BMW 7 or Lexus LS series. And in back-road driving with no speed limit, the S550 is merely competent, while its BMW rival is eager.
Create an account with the same email registered to your subscription to unlock access.