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By Cars.com Staff
September 16, 2013
The original Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class revolutionized modern automotive design by promising the sporty dynamics of a coupe with a dash of sedan practicality. The CLS is available in two models: the CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. Prime competitors include the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
New for 2014 Fuel-saving stop-start technology is now standard for rear- and all-wheel-drive versions of the CLS550. The driver-selectable system automatically shuts off the car's engine when stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal.
Deep grille and long hood
18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch wheels available
Bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights
Available full LED adaptive headlights
Available deck-lid spoiler
Room for four with front bucket seats and two rear seats separated by a full-length center console
Real wood trim
Multicolor ambient lighting
Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
Harman Kardon stereo
Comand system with navigation
Available ventilated front seats, active massaging driver's seat
Available heated steering wheel
Available power rear sunshade
Available split-folding rear seats
Under the Hood
402-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 engine
Seven-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
Adaptive air suspension
Rear-wheel drive; available 4Matic all-wheel drive
10 standard airbags
Active front head restraints
Electronic stability system
Attention Assist monitors driving behavior for signs of drowsiness
Available blind spot warning system and lane keeping and lane departure warning and prevention
Available collision warning and mitigation system
Available night vision
Available front and rear parking sensors
CLS63 AMG The CLS63 AMG performance car gets a power boost for 2014, and all-wheel drive is now standard. The CLS63 AMG's hand-built twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine is rated at 550 hp (up from 518 hp last year), and an available S-Model edition increases output to 577 hp.
Seven-speed automatic transmission with aluminum shift paddles