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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

196.7” x 55.4”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

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

The bad:

  • Long rear doors
  • Adjustable suspension needs more variability (AMG version)
  • Grabby brakes (AMG version)
  • Rearview camera optional

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Four doors, coupe profile
  • Twin-turbo V-6 or V-8 engines
  • Seven- or nine-speed automatic transmissions
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class review: Our expert's take

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 three models: the CLS400, CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. Prime competitors include the Porsche Panamera, Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

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New for 2016
The nine-speed automatic transmission introduced last year on the rear-drive CLS550 is now also standard on the all-wheel-drive CLS550 4Matic. Owners will receive five years of free basic mbrace Connect communication services.
Significant Standard Features

  • Power moonroof
  • Full LED headlights
  • Leather upholstery and wood trim
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Harman Kardon stereo
  • Comand system with navigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Driver drowsiness monitor 
  • Required in all new cars: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 329-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine (CLS400)
  • 402-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 (CLS550)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission (CLS400)
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission (CLS550)
  • Air suspension
  • Backup camera
  • Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system
  • Automatic parking with surround-view cameras

The CLS63 AMG performance car has all-wheel drive and is powered by a hand-built twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine that’s rated at 577 hp.
What’s Special

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with aluminum shift paddles
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • AMG adaptive sport suspension
  • AMG sport exhaust system
  • Available carbon fiber trunk spoiler

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
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Love it ! My DREAM CAR it was a special order! Only took a week and it was here! Thanks Brandon Jones for all the hard work! Your a great Salesman!


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It speaks for itself as it looks great and performs without any flaw. People stop me often in parking lots to ask me if the car is brand new and to complement me on its style. Luv it!


Perfect blend of Elegance, Sport and Practicality

I have nothing negative to say about this car! Absolutely beautiful car with all you could want and more. I couldn't be happier with our purchase.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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