• Timeless and elegant style
  • Sporty big coupe
  • Safety systems galore
  • Steep price of entry
  • Excellent V-8s make V-12s superfluous
SUM UP A rare mix of luxury and performance.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for CL-Class in 2013

The only change for the 2013 CL-class is a new Grand Edition Package that adds AMG fascias, twenty-inch wheels, and a choice of three paints and three interiors from Designo, Mercedes’ personalization arm...more

Overview

The Mercedes-Benz CL offers super handling, super acceleration, and super luxury all in one package. The CL’s pillarless side glass gives an uninterrupted look into an exquisite interior. The front seats are heated and ventilated and offer massage capability, and the sport seats in the AMG models feature active side bolsters. By our measure, the entry-model CL550 is for those who will drive their CL year-round in snowy climes—it is the only model with all-wheel drive. The CL we’d own is the eight-cylinder CL63 AMG from Mercedes’ performance division. In 2011, AMG’s 6.2-liter V-8 was replaced by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 good for 536 hp. Opt for the AMG performance package, though, and power rises to 563 hp as torque jumps 74 lb-ft to a total of 664 lb-ft. The output boost is enough for the CL63 to reach 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, matching the CL65 AMG. For customers who demand the ultimate in prestige, Mercedes offers not one but two smooth-spinning V-12 engines. It’s worth noting that a top-spec CL sits in Bentley and Maserati territory when it comes to price, but we can’t think of a compelling argument to choose either of those cars over the Merc. The CL’s handling is remarkable, especially given its size, and even the base V-8 engine is powerful enough for the CL to keep up with sports cars on winding back roads.

Safety

ABS; front, side, side curtain, and driver’s knee air bags; traction and stability control; tire-pressure monitoring; parking sensors; and a drowsiness monitor are standard. Optional equipment includes adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, night vision that highlights pedestrians, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL-class

  • Aston Martin DB9
  • Bentley Continental GT
  • BMW 6-series
  • Maserati GranTurismo

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2013 CL-Class Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate
  • Power Trunk Pulldown
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Headlight Wiper/Washers
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Airbag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System

Seats

  • Front Ventilated Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Massaging Seats
  • Memory Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc Changer
  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System
  • Voice Activated Controls

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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