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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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$7,954 — $20,390 USED
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Sedan
4 Seats
15-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 6 reviews

The Good

  • Improved Comand interface
  • Luxury amenities
  • Vigorous performance
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet cabin

The Bad

  • Awkward automatic-transmission operation at times
  • Brake pedal feel
  • Steering too light
  • Heaviness
  • Backseat headroom
  • Backseat entry and exit

What to Know

about the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • Lightly restyled
  • New steering wheel
  • Standard Pre-Safe system
  • Standard air suspension
  • Standard six-CD changer
  • Standard satellite radio

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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The CLS line receives a light restyling for 2009 in a model that’s otherwise mostly unchanged. Including the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG, the CLS-Class competes with the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 650 and Jaguar XK.

Exterior
Dubbed a four-door coupe, the CLS-Class features a high belt line and short side windows. A distinctive body crease rises from the front wheel arch, extends across the side and continues through the contoured rear light cluster into the back bumper. The face-lift for 2009 includes a switch from a four-bar grille to a two-bar chrome design with gray mesh behind it. The side mirrors have been enlarged, and the turn-signal lights are now arrow shaped. New LED taillights are arrowhead shaped, and the new bumper sports trapezoidal dual tailpipes.

Projector-type headlights are standard, and bi-xenon headlights are optional. An automatic cornering light function with the bi-xenon units switches on the cornering lights during a turn, and the adaptive headlights pivot to follow the driver’s steering movements.

Interior
The CLS seats up to four. The four-door layout permits easy entry and exit. Power front seats are standard and may be equipped with optional heating and ventilation. Massaging front seats are also optional. The instrument panel’s central speedometer is flanked by a tachometer and clock. Completely black on the previous generation, the gauge faces are now white along their outer edges. Bar-graph displays show the fuel level a...

Vehicle Overview
The CLS line receives a light restyling for 2009 in a model that’s otherwise mostly unchanged. Including the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG, the CLS-Class competes with the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 650 and Jaguar XK.

Exterior
Dubbed a four-door coupe, the CLS-Class features a high belt line and short side windows. A distinctive body crease rises from the front wheel arch, extends across the side and continues through the contoured rear light cluster into the back bumper. The face-lift for 2009 includes a switch from a four-bar grille to a two-bar chrome design with gray mesh behind it. The side mirrors have been enlarged, and the turn-signal lights are now arrow shaped. New LED taillights are arrowhead shaped, and the new bumper sports trapezoidal dual tailpipes.

Projector-type headlights are standard, and bi-xenon headlights are optional. An automatic cornering light function with the bi-xenon units switches on the cornering lights during a turn, and the adaptive headlights pivot to follow the driver’s steering movements.

Interior
The CLS seats up to four. The four-door layout permits easy entry and exit. Power front seats are standard and may be equipped with optional heating and ventilation. Massaging front seats are also optional. The instrument panel’s central speedometer is flanked by a tachometer and clock. Completely black on the previous generation, the gauge faces are now white along their outer edges. Bar-graph displays show the fuel level and coolant temperature. The steering wheel is also new for 2009 — a slender, three-spoke design replacing a wheel with four short spokes and an overbearing center pad. The Comand interface — which controls the stereo, optional navigation and Bluetooth phone — has improved menus and controls.

Under the Hood
Beneath the hood of the CLS550 is a V-8 rated at 382 horsepower. The CLS63 AMG steps up to a 507-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. Built by hand at Mercedes’ AMG division, the 6.2-liter shares no parts with the regular V-8. The transmission in both models is a seven-speed automatic with manual-shift provisions. The AMG Speedshift is calibrated for 35 percent faster shifts. Mercedes cites 0-60 mph times of 5.4 seconds for the CLS550 and 4.3 seconds for the CLS63 AMG. An optional performance package on the latter increases the 155-mph top speed to 186 mph.

The CLS63 also has firmer suspension tuning with three selectable comfort settings on the Airmatic air-spring suspension. It has larger brake discs than the CLS550, along with six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers. The CLS550’s are four- and two-piston types, respectively. The CLS550’s wheels are 18 inches in diameter, and the CLS63’s are 19 inches.

Safety
Mercedes’ Pre-Safe system is standard. It pre-tensions seat belts, moves the seats into a safer position and closes the sunroof if its forward-looking radar senses an impending collision. An electronic stability system, antilock brakes, front and rear side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags are standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)
(5.0)

So much car for the money!

by Kevin on May 13, 2017

Love this car, quality, comfort and performance all in one! All around beautiful car. The style effortlessly is still fresh and modern. A timeless bold design inside and out. The 8 cylinder engine is ... Read full review

(5.0)

Beautiful and reliable driving machine!

by Beautiful CLS 550 Mercedes Benz from MI on April 24, 2017

This is a beautiful and reliable vehicle. Extraordinary styling, handling, safety, and comfort. When compared to other vehicles, it can arguably be considered the best in its class. Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CLS-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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