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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

$19,504 — $41,140 USED
Sedan
4 Seats
20-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.2) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Power
  • Cabin quality
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Exhaust sound (AMG version)

The Bad

  • Long rear doors
  • Adjustable suspension needs more variability (AMG version)
  • Grabby brakes (AMG version)
2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • Four doors, coupe profile
  • New standard mbrace2 in-car communication system
  • Powerful V-8 engine choices
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

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. The CLS is available in two models: the CLS550, which can be had with 4Matic all-wheel drive, and the 518-horsepower high-performance CLS63 AMG. One of its chief competitors is the Audi A7.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
The CLS-Class's exterior takes the look up a notch, incorporating elements from the SLS AMG GT 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. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels standard, 19-inch optional
  • Power tilt-folding sunroof
  • Bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights
  • Available full-LED adaptive headlights
  • Available rear deck-lid spoiler

Interior
The coupe-like 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. Interior features include:

  • Standard Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Standard Comand system with hard-drive-based navigation 
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats, active massaging optional
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available power rear sunshade
  • Optional split, folding rear seats

Under the Hood
The CLS550 is powered by a 402-horsepower, twin-...

Vehicle Overview

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. The CLS is available in two models: the CLS550, which can be had with 4Matic all-wheel drive, and the 518-horsepower high-performance CLS63 AMG. One of its chief competitors is the Audi A7.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
The CLS-Class's exterior takes the look up a notch, incorporating elements from the SLS AMG GT 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. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch wheels standard, 19-inch optional
  • Power tilt-folding sunroof
  • Bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights
  • Available full-LED adaptive headlights
  • Available rear deck-lid spoiler

Interior
The coupe-like 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. Interior features include:

  • Standard Harman Kardon premium stereo
  • Standard Comand system with hard-drive-based navigation 
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats, active massaging optional
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available power rear sunshade
  • Optional split, folding rear seats

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 have a seven-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Other mechanical features include:

  • Airmatic adaptive suspension
  • Electromechanical steering
  • Available 4Matic all-wheel drive (CLS550) 
  • Eco start/stop fuel-saving technology (CLS63 AMG)

Safety
Standard safety features include attention assist, mbrace2 in-car communication system, 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
  • Blind spot warning system and lane departure warning and prevention
  • Collision warning and mitigation system
  • Night vision
  • Backup camera 
  • Front and rear parking sensors


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)
(5.0)

Dream car

by Mike from Houston on July 2, 2018

I wish could drive it everyday nice exterior the diamond white really sparkles in the sun light massage seats are great feature the nice trunk Space Read full review

(5.0)

why Mercedes CLS 550 and not BMW M3 orM4?

by RalphNader0786 from Chandler, Arizona on June 29, 2017

If you are a Car enthusiast and enjoy driving muscle car that is fast and resonabily reliable then look no further. The styling and agressive lines of MB CLS550 are both breathtaking and practical. I ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has not been tested.

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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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