Roadfly.com - 2011 Mercedes S400 Hybrid Test Drive & Review
Mercedes-Benz, a company whose reputation for innovation has been somewhat
overshadowed in recent years, has just staked out a new piece of territory.
The 2011 Mercedes S400 hybrid is, in my opinion, the finest hybrid car
available, and makes fewer compromises than any alternative-fuel vehicle
we've seen to date. Mercedes calls it a "light hybrid."
It's the first regular-series production car in the world with a
lithium-ion battery, the same kind used in a cell phone or a laptop, and a
different animal altogether from the nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries
used in pretty much every other hybrid.
That allows the battery pack to be so small and compact that is mounted up
front, in the engine compartment. Most hybrids mount their batteries in the
rear of the car, cramping rear-seat room or trunk space (or both).
So, the S400 has a full-size rear seat and a full-size trunk.
It's also equipped with a 7-speed automatic, not a CVT like most other
hybrids. That makes it feel more like a 'real' car and less like a hybrid.
There's truly too much to list about this car, so check out my video and
watch for a full article soon!
—Ross Rapoport, Road Test Editor and Video Host
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Vehicle: 2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Base Price: $91,000
Price as tested: $102,115
Engine: 3.5L V6, "mild hybrid" (lithium-ion powered electric motor)
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
horsepower: 295 @
Torque: 284 lb.-ft @ 5,000 rpm
0-60 MPH: 7.2 sec.
Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles (vehicle; no separate powertrain
Fuel Economy: 19 city / 25 highway MPG
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