Some ten years before Henry Ford rolled his Quadricycle from his backyard shed, Karl Benz, Gottllieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach had driven down German roads at the wheel (or tiller) of their own self-propelled vehicles. Some 130 years later, those German initiatives are enveloped into what is now known as Mercedes-Benz automobiles, part of the Daimler-Benz conglomerate. What that long history provides to U.S. consumers is a consistent approach to car design, construction, sales and service. And while the carmaker has had moments in which its reach sometimes exceeded its grasp, generally the purchase of a Mercedes has provided long-term satisfaction along with historically high resale values.

On today's Mercedes showroom there is an almost confusing array of sedans, sports cars, crossovers and SUVs. With a toe in the near-luxury category Mercedes offers both the CLA sedan and GLA crossover. And while those entries hover around $30K, you can spend roughly $130K on a well-optioned S-Class sedan or SL sports car. 'Most fun' can be fluid, but there's a lot to like about AMG editions of the C-Class 4-door and coupe, along with - of course - the iconic SL and smaller SLK.


2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
MSRP:
$38,695
Engine:
2.1L I-4
MPG:
N/A
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
MSRP:
$36,495
Engine:
2.1L I-4
MPG:
N/A
2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550 4x4 Squared
2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550 4x4 Squared
MSRP:
$225,000
Engine:
4.0L V-8
MPG:
N/A
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
MSRP:
$39,500
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
24 City / 34 HWY
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
MSRP:
$131,400
Engine:
4.7L V-8
MPG:
17 City / 25 HWY
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500XD
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500XD
MSRP:
$40,695
Engine:
2.1L I-4
MPG:
N/A
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