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.


2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45
MSRP:
$50,400
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
23 City / 30 HWY
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550
MSRP:
$94,950
Engine:
4.7L V-8
MPG:
14 City / 19 HWY
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350
MSRP:
$54,700
Engine:
3.5L V-6
MPG:
18 City / 22 HWY
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
MSRP:
$43,200
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 30 HWY
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
MSRP:
$40,050
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 28 HWY
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
MSRP:
$34,700
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
24 City / 32 HWY
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