2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid

Matt Tierney

It's a nice S-class. The hybridization is fairly benign, other than the grabby brake pedal. Unlike Rusty Blackwell, I'm not that impressed by the fuel economy figures of 19/25 city/highway. If they were more like 25/30, that would be something worth writing home about.

Mercedes-Benz's 0-60 time is 7.2 seconds, which is of course not sport sedan territory but sufficiently powerful. The S400 Hybrid has all of the luxury and comfort and security and safety features that people love about the S-class in general, so if it makes someone feel better about driving an S-class to have a hybrid badge on it, I'm not going to argue with them.

Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

I also wonder how it stacks up against the M35h. It's powerful, big and comfy, and gets 29mpg.
It's interesting that Donny Nordlicht considers this car an "entry level" S-Class. The Lexus hybrids are the top-of-the line models. I wonder how this car compares to the LS Hybrid?

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