2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Mercedes‑Benz CLS‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    402-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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)
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

  • All-wheel drive now standard for CLS63 AMG
  • CLS63 AMG makes more power
  • Four doors, coupe profile
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

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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. 

Exterior Highlights

  • Deep grille and long hood
  • 18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch wheels available
  • Power moonroof
  • Bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights
  • Available full LED adaptive headlights
  • Available deck-lid spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Room for four with front bucket seats and two rear seats separated by a full-length center console
  • Leather upholstery
  • 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-wh...
Vehicle Overview

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.

(Skip to details on the: CLS63 AMG)

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. 

Exterior Highlights

  • Deep grille and long hood
  • 18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch wheels available
  • Power moonroof
  • Bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights
  • Available full LED adaptive headlights
  • Available deck-lid spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Room for four with front bucket seats and two rear seats separated by a full-length center console
  • Leather upholstery
  • 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

Safety Features

  • 10 standard airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Antilock brakes
  • 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
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • AMG adaptive sport suspension
  • AMG sport exhaust system
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Full LED headlights
  • Available carbon fiber lip spoiler

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best car I have driven.

by Doug from Wilmington, NC on May 14, 2018

This car provides luxury, performance, and status all in one gorgeous package. I always feel special whenever I drive it. And the power makes getting into traffic a breeze. Read full review

(5.0)

you have arrived

by Benz from fort wayne on November 8, 2017

This car lives up to the hype. It is classy, stylish, handles like a sports car but feels like luxury. You would not go wrong. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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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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