If You Want the Best Car in the World, Choose Mercedes

Mercedes class cars

The German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is a brand known for luxury, style, and pristine engineering. Founded back in 1926, the origins of the company date back a bit further. The hyphenated name comes from two sources: the 1901 Mercedes made by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and the Benz Patent-Motorwagen made by Karl Benz in 1886. The latter of which is the first ever automobile powered by gasoline and a game-changer in the vehicle market. Germany is known for its top-tier engineering minds, and Mercedes-Benz is perhaps at the top of the pile. With a slogan of “The Best or Nothing,” the company has a strong reputation to uphold. And uphold it they do, with a wide array of amazing cars, trucks, and buses hitting dealerships and racetracks every year.

The lineup of this always impressive company changes all the time, as new models make their way onto the market from conception or old models are recycled in place of better, more efficient, stronger selling varieties. However, one thing is always sure about the company based in Stuttgart: each and every one of the vehicles bearing their globally recognizable logo is a pinnacle of luxury, performance, and design.

Mercedes-Benz Lineup

Before getting into the lineup of this luxury automobile manufacturer, it is important to note how each of their cars is designated. Mercedes uses an alphabetical system to label their vehicles, with each of the letters assigned to a given mark related to the type of vehicle it represents. Below are the common designations.

The letter “C” relates to coupe, although their C-Class also comes in a Sedan model.
“D” is used for vehicles produced with a diesel engine.
“E” is short for the German word “Einspritzung” and relates to a vehicle whose engine has petrol fuel injection.
The vehicles with “G” as their designating letter have changed. The G-Class once referred to their Geländewagen off-road offerings, but now relate to any of their SUVs (G, GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS).
The now extinct “K” was a marking in the 1930s that referred to any vehicle with a supercharger (“kompressor”).
“L” indicates two types of Mercedes vehicles, “Leicht” (lightweight) for sporting vehicles and “Lang” which means “long-wheelbase” and refers to their sedans.
“S” refers to the German word “Sonderklasse” which means Special Class and is used for their top-of-the-line models.
Lastly, Mercedes cars with “T” on them means they are “touring” vehicles or station wagons.

Current Lineup

Based on the lettering mentioned above, Mercedes currently offers 17 personal vehicles. These are the: A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, G-Class, GLA-Class, GLC-Class, GLS-Class, S-Class, SL-Class, SLC-Class, V-Class (not mentioned above, but refers to the multi-purpose vehicles [MPV] and vans), AMG GT Sports car, and X-Class luxury pickup. Added to this lineup are their four vans: Citan, Vito, Sprinter, and X-Class. Mercedes-Benz also produces a wide variety of trucks (lorries), buses, bicycles, electric cars, and motorsport vehicles.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Winners

Perhaps the most noteworthy, popular, and award-winning car in Mercedes’ lineup in their S-Class. Their 2018 model was ranked the top Super Luxury Car in the world by U.S. News’ Car department. Some of the highest praise was awarded to their extremely lavish and technologically advanced interior, the super comfortable seats, the extremely powerful twin-turbo engines, and more active safety features. It comes in two models: the coupe and convertible. The former seats five while the latter seats four. Regardless of which one is driven, this is one of the best vehicles on the market in nearly every regard. Mercedes increased the engine offerings in 2018, giving buyers the option of going with the V-6 in the base model and upgrading to the V8 for the S560 and AMG S63. The base horsepower is listed as 362 but it goes all the way up to 621 when opting for the top-tier model. In all, if this car can be afforded, it should be bought, driven, and praised in every way.

For drivers hoping for a bigger, more family-oriented, but still highly powerful ride, the SUV options from Mercedes are as well-received and well-engineered as their smaller counterparts. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a truly amazing truck in design, power, and ingenuity. There are multiple powertrain options available on this SUV model, giving drivers the option to go with the power that suits their needs best. The interior is as well-crafted as the S-Class above, and is truly comfortable in every way, roomy, quiet, and spruced out with all the technology one could dream of. Safety features are also highly rated on this model, which is important considering most SUV drivers are concerned about their families. And perhaps the most noteworthy point: the AMG models are seriously fast, giving smaller sport coupes and sedans a run for their money in terms of speed, acceleration, and handling. The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class SUV is also quite popular among car enthusiasts everywhere.

Mercedes-Benz C cabriolet

Although the above two vehicles are each pristine in their own unique way, the C-Class is where most customers will gravitate. The 2018 model of this award-winning car is cheaper than the S-Class, but not a major downgrade in terms of quality. Offering one of the nicest cabins money can buy at comparable price points, it is both elegant and flashy and made from superb materials. Again, Mercedes amped up the engine offerings in this lineup, giving them more power and refined development. The 2018 models also come stock with a nine-speed automatic transmission, rearview camera, push-button start, and more, meaning this mid-priced luxury car has all the offerings of cars much that are more expensive. This amazing car was ranked as the number three most popular car in America by TrueCar.com and was the number two bestselling vehicle in Canada in 2018.

For a real winner, not in the driveway but on the racetrack, the Mercedes-AMG GT R has a long-standing tradition of leaving the competition biting the dust on the F1 track. For 23 straight years, the AMG models from Mercedes-Benz have dominated F1. In 2018, the German car company brought an F1 Safety Car to the track and continued their domination. Who in the world would dare beat against Mercedes, with nearly a century-long tradition of producing the best cars in the world?

Cabrio Mercedes-Benz auto

Mercedes Means Power, Comfort, and Beauty

No other car maker in the world can compete with the tradition and legacy of Mercedes-Benz. Dating all the way back to the first gas-powered car onwards to today’s best vehicles on the road, Mercedes is sure to continue their dominance in the driveways and racetracks for another 100 years. Their S-Class, GLE-Class, and C-Class each bring something unique to the table in terms of luxury, design, and price. However, one thing is unique about all three: there is no car that can compete with them in their class.

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