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2009 Maybach 62

  • 2009 Maybach 62 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      543/664
    • ENGINE
      5.5L V12
    • MSRP
      $409,000
  • 2009 Maybach 62 S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      604/738
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V12
    • MSRP
      $448,500
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2009 Maybach 62 Review

Amazing power and luxurious features at a high price.

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Overview

The 2009 Maybach 62 focuses on luxury. It has some of the most impressive interior features that you could possibly want in a car. It also holds far more power under the hood than the average person could use, unless he regularly speeds down the Autobahn. Its design caters to wealthy individuals who sit in the back while a chauffeur does the work. That explains why the car's best features reside in the rear of the cabin. The Maybach offers a ton of customizable options, but those features add a significant sum to an already pricey vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.5-liter V-12, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Maybach 62 base, Maybach 62 S

What's New

The 2009 Maybach 62 shows no major changes. The company does, however, offer a new, extremely limited edition Landaulet version of the Maybach 62 that has a semiautomatic retractable roof for rear passengers. The Ladaulet costs about $1.3 million, though, so you probably won't find one at your local dealership.

Exterior

The 2009 Maybach 62 has a ""new money"" exterior that lacks the sophistication of a Rolls-Royce. It looks so much like a limo that it seems a bit ostentatious. In many respects, it also looks like a stretched Mercedes-Benz, which seems fitting since the Maybach 62 owes so much of its design and mechanics to that pinnacle of German engineering. In other words, the Maybach 62 tries a little too hard to stand out when it has every reason to relax and enjoy the ride.

Interior

The 2009 Maybach 62's interior comes loaded with features that make you wonder why you ever leave your car. The 10-way power front seats not only have built-in heaters, but also massagers. A four-zone climate control system makes sure every passenger feels comfortable at all times. The seats even have power footrests and leg supports that rival those of the best La-Z Boy recliners. The electronic rear-door closers mean passengers don't have to move a muscle to stay snug in their seats. Plus, they have a fold-down picnic table and beverage cooler, so who wants to waste time closing doors the old-fashioned way?

The 2009 Maybach 62 also includes a ton of features that keep drivers and passengers entertained for hours on end. The entertainment system includes a DVD player, a 21-speaker Bose surround-sound system, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack for portable devices, an in-dash CD player, and a six-CD changer mounted on the dash. Luckily, it also includes a navigation system so you can get directions easily without getting distracted.

The Maybach 62 remains completely customizable. If you can think of feature that doesn't come standard, then you can get it installed. You want a video game console or a cigar humidor? You can get those. You will, however, pay a pretty hefty price for such luxuries.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Maybach 62 employs an engine that will drive you mad with power. The Maybach 62 base contains a 5.5-liter V-12 that offers 543 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Think you need even more? Bump up to the 62 S and you get a six-liter version of the engine that produces 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Forget to pay attention to the speedometer and you could find yourself cruising along at 172 mph.

If you buy a Maybach 62, you probably don't plan to drive it, though. Instead, you have your chauffer handle that while you play video games or puff on an expensive cigar. That's a good thing, because the Maybach 62 doesn't handle that well on curves. It feels terrific barreling down a straight highway, but its excessive weight pulls a bit on turns. Luckily, it delivers a quiet, smooth ride. The back cab feels almost like an isolation cabin that separates you from the outside world. Once you step in, you might as well be miles away from traffic.

Safety

The 2009 Maybach 62 comes packed with safety features, including side airbags for the front and rear seats, full-length side curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, a rear-view camera, and even parking sensors for the car's front and back. That surpasses what most vehicles offer, so you can feel safe no matter where you go.

EPA Fuel Economy

Maybach 62: 10/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Luxurious interior
  • Exclusivity

You Won't Like

  • Difficult to maneuver in traffic
  • Very expensive options
  • Some aspects seem like Mercedes holdovers

Sum Up

Amazing power and luxurious features at a high price.

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