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Jeffrey N. Ross | Jan 05, 2021

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Like most luxury automakers, Mercedes-Benz doesn't have traditional trim levels on its vehicles. Instead, they're broken down by various powertrain options. But there are still plenty of ways to differentiate Mercedes products. Options and equipment are generally distinguished by separate option groups, but to help you navigate the diverse offerings, we've broken down the biggest choices you'll encounter when shopping for a new Mercedes-Benz car or SUV.

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Mercedes-Benz Engine Sizes

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The easiest way to tell the difference in a particular Mercedes-Benz product is the engine size designation. With the exception of the Sprinter and Metris vans and the AMG GT sports coupe, all versions of the Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs are easily distinguished by their respective model numbers. For example, the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 is the entry-level version of this luxurious full-size SUV with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six under the hood, while the GLS 580 gets a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8.

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Mercedes-Benz 4Matic Option

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After model designation, another choice Mercedes-Benz buyers can encounter is the option of all-wheel drive. The mid-size E-Class sedan is available as the E 350 or the E 350 4Matic, but sometimes, in the case of the more powerful E 450 model, 4Matic is a standard feature.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG Line

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While there are plenty of option packages available across the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the AMG Line is offered on almost all models. This option gives a regular Mercedes-Benz car or SUV the appearance of a sport-tuned Mercedes-AMG model without the expensive performance and handling upgrades. On the Mercedes-Benz S 450 AMG Line, that includes more aggressive bumper covers, lower rocker panels, and sportier wheel options.

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Mercedes-AMG Performance Option

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Of course, if you want to maximize the performance and handling capabilities of your Mercedes-Benz, then you'll definitely want to opt for the models branded with Mercedes-AMG. This lineup includes everything from the AMG GT sports car to tuned versions of all other Mercedes-Benz products, from the subcompact AMG A 35 to the off-road- and track-ready AMG G 63.

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Mercedes-Benz e Option

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Electrification is quickly spreading at Mercedes-Benz, and these models are evident by the "e" in their names. One of the first such vehicles is the GLC 350e plug-in hybrid, which adds a 90-kW electric motor for increased performance and fuel efficiency. 

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Mercedes-Maybach Option

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All Mercedes-Benz products offer a certain level of world-class luxury, but the growing lineup of Mercedes-Maybach products takes luxury to new highs. The newest Maybach is the made-in-America Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 SUV, which delivers limo-like rear seating accommodations along with exclusive comfort and style.

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Discovering Mercedes-Benz Trim Packages

What are trim level options?

A trim level is how a manufacturer identifies a vehicle's level of equipment and special features, including luxe interiors and premium sound systems. The trim level you choose can determine how much you spend, and the more features you add, the higher your sticker price can get.

How can I determine which Mercedes-Benz trim package is right for me?

The best way to choose a trim package is to visit your local AutoNation Mercedes-Benz dealership and take a few Mercedes-Benz vehicles for a spin. When you can't get to the dealership, our digital showroom offers test drive reviews of popular Mercedes-Benz models and a variety of trim packages.

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Where can I find cars or SUVS at different trim levels?

For starters, you can enjoy our Mercedes-Benz trim levels guide above to discover all of the different Mercedes-Benz trim level options. Then you can head over to our Mercedes-Benz inventory to see the Mercedes-Benz vehicles available near you. When you're ready, you can stop by your local AutoNation Mercedes-Benz dealership for a test drive.

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