2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs 2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla
$19,600MSRP
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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
$109,800MSRP
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2020 Toyota Corolla
$19,600MSRP
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According to CarGurus experts, the overall rating for the 2020 Toyota Corolla is 7.0 out of 10, while the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class scores 7.5 out of 10. Based on these ratings, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the recommended choice for those seeking a more luxurious and technologically advanced vehicle.

Overview

MSRP

$19,600

MSRP

$109,800

Average price

$17,869

Average price

$82,236

Listings

1493

Listings

307
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.0 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.5 out of 10
Pros
  • Manual transmission available
  • Premium interior materials
  • Standard advanced safety features
Cons
  • Uncomfortable seats
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • High price

2020 Toyota Corolla Reviews Summary

If ever a car was to be described as an appliance, the Toyota Corolla was it. Cheap to buy, dependable as a sunrise, thrifty with fuel, and roomy enough for a frugal family, the Corolla faithfully delivered its owners to their destinations without a hint of fuss... or emotion. That changes with the redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla, which adds a sense of style and a bit of thrill to its longstanding mission.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews Summary

The S-Class not only sits at the top of the Mercedes hierarchy in price and prestige, but it has also long served as a technological showcase. In the press release for the redesigned 2021 S-Class, Mercedes repeatedly noted the innovations—from anti-lock brakes to airbags—that were introduced on the big sedan and eventually trickled down to mainstream vehicles.

With the previous generation dating back to the 2014 model year (with a significant update for 2018), the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was in need of an update to maintain that status, and to keep pace with other full-size luxury sedans like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Lexus LS. To do that, the new S-Class gets a more sophisticated infotainment system, new powertrains, and more aerodynamic bodywork, among other features.

The 2021 S-Class launches in two configurations, both with 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) and EQ Boost mild-hybrid systems. The S500 4Matic has a six-cylinder engine, while the S580 4Matic has a V8. We spent a few days with the Mercedes-Benz S580 for this review. A Mercedes-Maybach S680 4Matic version will follow in the first half of 2022, and you can expect a new AMG performance version sometime in the future as well.

Popular Features & Specs

Engine

1.8L 139 hp I4

Engine

3.0L 429 hp I6

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

AWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

Horsepower

429 hp @ 6100 rpm

MPG City

30

MPG City

20

MPG Highway

38

MPG Highway

29
2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla
$19,600MSRP
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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
$109,800MSRP
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2020 Toyota Corolla
$19,600MSRP
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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
$109,800MSRP
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CarGurus highlights

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According to CarGurus experts, the overall rating for the 2020 Toyota Corolla is 7.0 out of 10, while the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class scores 7.5 out of 10. Based on these ratings, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the recommended choice for those seeking a more luxurious and technologically advanced vehicle.

Overview
MSRP
$19,600
$109,800
Average price
$17,869
$82,236
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.6
5.0
Expert reviews

7.0 out of 10

Read full review

7.5 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Manual transmission available
  • Premium interior materials
  • Standard advanced safety features
Cons
  • Uncomfortable seats
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • High price
Summary
If ever a car was to be described as an appliance, the Toyota Corolla was it. Cheap to buy, dependable as a sunrise, thrifty with fuel, and roomy enough for a frugal family, the Corolla faithfully delivered its owners to their destinations without a hint of fuss... or emotion. That changes with the redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla, which adds a sense of style and a bit of thrill to its longstanding mission.

The S-Class not only sits at the top of the Mercedes hierarchy in price and prestige, but it has also long served as a technological showcase. In the press release for the redesigned 2021 S-Class, Mercedes repeatedly noted the innovations—from anti-lock brakes to airbags—that were introduced on the big sedan and eventually trickled down to mainstream vehicles.

With the previous generation dating back to the 2014 model year (with a significant update for 2018), the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was in need of an update to maintain that status, and to keep pace with other full-size luxury sedans like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Lexus LS. To do that, the new S-Class gets a more sophisticated infotainment system, new powertrains, and more aerodynamic bodywork, among other features.

The 2021 S-Class launches in two configurations, both with 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) and EQ Boost mild-hybrid systems. The S500 4Matic has a six-cylinder engine, while the S580 4Matic has a V8. We spent a few days with the Mercedes-Benz S580 for this review. A Mercedes-Maybach S680 4Matic version will follow in the first half of 2022, and you can expect a new AMG performance version sometime in the future as well.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
1.8L 139 hp I4
3.0L 429 hp I6
Drive Train
FWD
AWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
429 hp @ 6100 rpm
MPG City
30
20
MPG Highway
38
29
Look and feel
2020 Toyota Corolla
8/10
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
7/10
The 2020 Toyota Corolla, with its redesigned exterior, was not universally praised for its looks. However, the SE or XSE trims, especially in the Celestite paint color, offered a more attractive appearance. The interior quality saw significant improvements, with soft-touch surfaces replacing the cheap plastics of previous models. Despite these enhancements, the transmission shifter reminded drivers of the Corolla's economy car status. The base price started at $19,600, with the top XSE trim costing around $28,800. In contrast, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class maintained a similar exterior styling to its predecessor but boasted a drag coefficient of 0.22, making it more aerodynamic than a Toyota Prius. The S-Class was slightly larger in all dimensions, with standard 19-inch wheels and optional 20-inch and 21-inch wheels. The interior was designed around the infotainment touchscreen and digital instrument cluster, with a minimalist approach. The ambient lighting system featured 250 LED elements and 64 color options, enhancing the luxurious feel. High-quality materials like Nappa leather and open-pore wood trim were standard, although the piano-black trim was prone to smudges.
Performance
2020 Toyota Corolla
7/10
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
9/10
The 2020 Toyota Corolla offered a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with 139 horsepower for the L, LE, and XLE trims, paired with a CVT. The SE and XSE trims featured a more powerful 169-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a more sophisticated CVT with paddle shifters. The XSE trim provided a smooth and stable ride, thanks to its independent rear suspension. However, the lack of a turbocharger limited its acceleration capabilities. The XSE trim was EPA-rated at 31 mpg city, 38 highway, and 34 combined, with real-world testing averaging 29.8 mpg. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class came in two main variants: the S500 4Matic with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine producing 429 horsepower and the S580 4Matic with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 generating 496 horsepower. Both models featured a nine-speed automatic transmission and EQ Boost, a mild-hybrid system adding 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque for short bursts. The S500 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, while the S580 did it in 4.4 seconds. The S-Class also included standard air suspension and optional E-Active Body Control suspension, along with rear-wheel steering for improved maneuverability. The S580 was fast and comfortable, with precise steering and minimal body roll in Sport and Sport+ modes.
Form and function
2020 Toyota Corolla
6/10
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
8/10
The 2020 Toyota Corolla, despite being a compact car, offered a roomy interior officially rated as midsize by the EPA. However, the lack of rear air-conditioning vents, USB charging ports, and privacy-tinted rear glass made it less comfortable for rear passengers. The front seats were comfortable, but the low seating position and lack of a front seat height adjuster were drawbacks. The trunk space measured 13.1 cubic feet, sufficient for a couple of suitcases and additional bags. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class provided more front and rear headroom and rear legroom than its predecessor, with segment-leading shoulder room. The cargo space increased to 12.9 cubic feet, although some optional extras could reduce this. The front seats featured 19 motors for adjustment, heating, ventilation, and massage, with tiny pillows for the head restraints. The center console offered ample storage, and rear-seat passengers enjoyed a large console/armrest with cupholders and climate controls. The optional Executive Line package added power-adjustable rear seats and four-zone climate control.
Technology
2020 Toyota Corolla
7/10
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
9/10
The 2020 Toyota Corolla featured the Entune 3.0 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility, but not Android Auto. The system included a high-mounted touchscreen, stereo volume and tuning knobs, and main menu access buttons. The XSE and XLE trims offered wireless device charging and advanced voice recognition. The system also provided Amazon Alexa compatibility, Siri Eyes Free, and various trial subscriptions for navigation and connectivity services. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class came with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.8-inch OLED central touchscreen, supporting wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The updated MBUX infotainment system offered increased computing power and a more touchscreen-reliant interface. The S-Class also featured an augmented-reality head-up display, a 30-speaker Burmester audio system, and a rear-seat infotainment setup with 11.6-inch touchscreens. The system allowed for personal profiles accessed via biometric or facial recognition and enabled rear-seat occupants to send navigation directions to the main screen.
Safety
2020 Toyota Corolla
7/10
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
7/10
The 2020 Toyota Corolla was equipped with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0, which included low-light pedestrian detection, daytime cyclist detection, road-sign recognition, and Lane Tracing Assist. The system operated with impressive refinement and accuracy, although the lane-departure warning alert was irritating. The Corolla also offered a blind-spot monitoring system, standard on XLE and XSE trims. The NHTSA gave the Corolla a 5-star rating for frontal-impact protection, and the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick for 2019. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class included a rear-passenger airbag and a comprehensive suite of driver-assist features such as adaptive cruise control, automated lane centering, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. The traffic-sign recognition system could detect stop signs and red lights, and the lane-keep assist could read road edges. The S-Class also featured a new steering wheel with capacitive sensors. The adaptive cruise control and lane-centering systems performed exceptionally well, handling highway curves and reacting smoothly to traffic changes.
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