2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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5 reviews
Available Price Range $12,708-$31,780 Trims2 Combined MPG 15-17 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Our Take

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... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Lightly restyled
  • New steering wheel
  • Standard Pre-Safe system
  • Standard air suspension
  • Standard six-CD changer
  • Standard satellite radio


Our Expert Reviews

When you drive the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG high performance coupe, you need an escort, a passport or any other reliable radar detector. This machine flies. A colleague and I were testing the new Mercedes for what we thought would be a long haul to Joliet, Ill. But somewhere along the trip, we either broke through some time-space continuum or we were accidently speeding. By the time the iP... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.0 out of 5

Based on 5 reviews

Truly a Beautiful Automobile Inside & Out

by Auto Connoisseur from Westport, CT on July 28, 2008

Really fun to drive. Handles absolutely the way you would expect. Could use a little more headroom in rear, but 6'1" & under can be comfortable. The cabin is perfect and makes you believe what you hav... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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