It’s a blessing and a curse to be the benchmark by which all others are judged, but theMercedes-Benz S-Class shoulders its obligations well. Launched first in 1972, and now in its sixth generation, the beefy sedan has always possessed a perhaps unusual duality. On the one hand, it’s the go-to vehicle for comfortable wafting, but on the other it’s a high-tech test bed for the latest and greatest Stuttgart’s geniuses can come up with.
No version encapsulates that dual personality quite like the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 4MATIC. Even for a car fan who’s also a huge geek like myself, it’s bordering on overload. Big screens are now increasingly commonplace in cars, so the S550 throws in two of them; massage seats are filtering down to the premium mainstream, so the S550 gets faux hot stone treatments. Think of a buzzword or gadget in the automotive space over the past few years, and this S-Class probably has it, cranked up to 11.
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