A luxury carmaker’s full-size sedan is a flagship. It’s a showpiece, a stunner — a way to show off the best of what a brand is capable of. Even in an era where people wanting big vehicles tend to pick SUVs over sedans, flagship full-size sedans still get plenty of attention.
And the biggest big sedan in the business just got a full redesign. That’s the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It’s also the most expensive car in its class, starting at $111,350. Does the S-Class prove that Mercedes can make an amazing car, or does it tell us the brand is overpriced? To find out, we sampled the new S-Class at a media event and also spent a week testing the competing and newly updated 2021 Lexus LS. The Lexus may not be a bargain at $76,000, but even luxury buyers can feel that price difference. Read on as we compare these big sedans in eight categories and declare an overall winner.