Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 22, 2013


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 report after his test drive of the CLS550 near Detroit.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Mercedes-Benz CLS550 ($72,000), CLS550 4MATIC ($74,500); CLS63 AMG ($95,900)
Engines:402-hp 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8; 518-hp 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8
Transmissions:7-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Sindelfingen, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4MATIC ($74,500)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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)
Destination charge:$905
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$80230
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:4.7-liter dohc 32v twin-turbocharged aluminum V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):402 @ 5000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):443 @ 1600
Transmission:7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:18/26 mpg
Wheelbase:113.2 in.
Length/width/height:194.5/74.1/55.8 in.
Track, f/r:62.9/64.1 in.
Turning circle:37 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:36.9/na/42.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.1/na/35.0 in.
Cargo volume:15 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:MacPherson struts, three links, AIRMATIC air springs
Suspension, r:Multilink, AIRMATIC air springs
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:4268 lbs.
Tires:P255/40R18 front, P285/35R18 rear
Brakes, f/r:14.2-inch vented and cross-drilled disc/12.6-inch vented disc
Fuel capacity:23.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 22, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-367-6372 -