The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is no longer the only car calling itself a four-door coupe, and has inspired direct competition from Audi's A7. But the second generation continues to be a one of the slickest luxury four-doors going, as well as one of the most potent. Driven hard, the twin turbo V8 can be thirsty, but the CLS-Class escapes gas guzzler taxes, even in AMG tune. Whether you accept the four-door coupe business or not (as an aside, a wagon version has been added to the lineup in Europe; hard to think of THAT as a coupe), this is arguably the most stylish sedan in the Mercedes lineup, a powerful pleasure in everyday motoring, and still a head-turner wherever it goes.
Tony Swan filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the CLS550 near Detroit.
12-way air bag protection, Neck-Pro active front head restraints, Attention Assist drowsiness monitor, Pre-Safe collision mitigation, rollover sensor, Hill-Start Assist, Hold braking feature, tire pressure monitor, mbrace2; antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control
Safety equipment (optional):
rearview camera; all-wheel drive; rear side-impact airbags, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Night View Assist Plus with Pedestrian Detection, Parktronic with Parking Guidance, Active Curve Illumination
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4MATIC ($74,500)
dual zone auto climate control; power leather seats; COMAND secondary control system with navigation, mbrace2 with MB Apps; power sunroof; AM/FM/CD Harman Kardon surround sound audio; Bluetooth, smartphone connectivity; USB port; satellite radio; leather-wrapped steering wheel; keyless remote entry; pushbutton ignition; integrated garage door opener; 24-hour roadside assistance
Options as tested (MSRP):
Premium Package 1 ($4390) includes heated and ventilated seats; rearview camera; LED headlamps; adaptive high beam assist; KEYLESS-GO system; power trunk lid; power rear window sunshade; 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels ($500); split-folding rear seats ($440); rear spoiler ($400)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
4.7-liter dohc 32v twin-turbocharged aluminum V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
402 @ 5000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
443 @ 1600
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
15 cu. ft.
MacPherson struts, three links, AIRMATIC air springs
Multilink, AIRMATIC air springs
P255/40R18 front, P285/35R18 rear
14.2-inch vented and cross-drilled disc/12.6-inch vented disc
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 10, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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