2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Starting MSRP $71,300–$94,900
The original Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class revolutionized modern automotive design. Called a four-door coupe, the CLS promised the sporty dynamics of a coupe with a dash of sedan practicality. With its 2012 redesign, the four-seat CLS incorporates Mercedes' current design language; it's also more powerful and more efficient. One of its chief competitors is the Audi A7.
The CLS-Class' redesigned exterior takes the look up a notch, incorporating elements from the SLS AMG supercar including a deep grille and long hood. The profile evokes a sports car rather than a sedan, but the rear has a stubby, teardrop shape.
Standard features include bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch wheels. Nineteen-inch wheels and full-LED adaptive headlights are optional.
The redesigned interior has room for four with front bucket seats and two rear seats separated by a full-length center console. There's real wood trim, and the seats are finished in standard leather upholstery. Heated and ventilated front seats are optional. Additional options include a power rear sunshade, a heated steering wheel and iPod connectivity.
Under the Hood
The CLS550 is powered by a 402-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 engine while the CLS63 AMG features a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that belts out 518 hp (550 hp with the AMG Performance Package). Both engines work with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, front knee airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and active front head restraints.
Optional safety features include side-impact airbags for the rear seats, a blind spot warning system, lane departure warning and prevention, a collision warning and mitigation system, front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera and night vision.
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