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2011 Mercedes CLS-Class CLS 550

2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review

(4 Stars)  Like gorgeous shoes that pinch your toes

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The CLS class is a sedan with the sleek lines of a coupe. It was launched in 2006 and has been a feast of styling ever since. It shares much with the E-class, but with much more style. The deeply raked style, which gives the CLS it's character, is unfortunately also responsible for the somewhat reduced passenger space from which this model suffers.

This ultra stylish sedan comes in two flavors. The CLS 550, which offers a 5.5 liter V-8 which generates 382 HP and 391 Ft. – Lbs. of torque. The ClS63 AMG has a 6.2 liter V-8 which develops 507 HP and 465 Ft.-Lbs. of torque. Both models send this power to the wheels through a 7 speed automatic transmission. To add an edge of sportiness, paddle shifters are available on both models.

The ClS' cockpit is decked out with top of the line material and large wood panels. However, the raked roofline makes itself felt here where ingress and egress are seriously hampered. Even inside, there isn't enough headroom to support those over 6 ft tall. The dimensions give it a more constrained feel than some.

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2011 CLS 550 Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.5L V8 DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 14 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 338 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 382 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 391 ft lb of torque @ 2,800 rpm

'11 Mercedes CLS 550 Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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DVD Entertainment
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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