Twenty years ago, if one were to trying to describe the differences in the various models from Mercedes-Benz, it would be something along the lines of "just like the big, boring sedan, only bigger / smaller." No longer. The Japanese, once viewed as nothing more than a bunch of Pacific-rim wet smack upstarts who would NEVER produce a viable competitor to the established German marques, have changed the rules of the game. Not only do the Asian prestige brands have a stranglehold on quality, but some of them are starting to actually look pretty, too. Uh oh. Seems time to swim upstream, mein freund.