Eric's Autos: 2022 Mercedes S-Class
A measure of the sea changes in the new car market is that even in the $100,000 luxury car market, a V8 engine, at the very least, is no longer a given.
In fact, that kind of money no longer buys more than a six in most of the cars in this class, like the Audi A8 and the Lexus LS 500, which no longer offer more than that, for any amount of money.
What It Is
The S-Class is Mercedes' largest, most luxurious -- and expensive -- sedan.
It is also one of the few sedans in this league that still offers a V8 engine.
Prices start at $111,100 for the S 500, which comes standard with a 3.0-liter inline six, turbocharged and further boosted by a flywheel starter/generator mild hybrid set up to generate 429 horsepower.
The $117,700 S580 comes standard with a 4.0-liter V8, twin-turbocharged to summon 496 horsepower.
An "E-active" adjustable suspension is an available option for both the S 500 and the S 580.