• Sensuous looks
  • Pleasant yet powerful
  • Loads of technology available
  • Smallish rear seats
  • No six-cylinder option
  • Strictly a four-seater
SUM UP The embodiment of elegance.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for CLS-Class in 2013

In 2012, Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation CLS with more masculine styling, electric power steering, optional all-wheel drive, and two new eight-cylinder engines. For 2013, the CLS adopts Mercedes’ second-generation onboard telematics system, called Mbrace2. In addition to concierge service and emergency crash notification, Mbrace2 can notify parents if the car exceeds a certain speed or drives outside a predefined geographical area...more

Overview

The Mercedes-Benz CLS established the four-door coupe genre in 2006. Although the sleek shape erodes some of the practicality associated with a typical four-door, the success of the CLS reinforces a simple truth: people want beautiful cars. Mechanically, the CLS is a reskinned E-class with high-end equipment. But it is about three inches longer and two inches lower than the E-class, and the sweeping roofline creates a more intimate cabin. The top of the windshield sits closer to passengers, and the center console stretches between the rear seats, making the CLS strictly a four-seater. Optional active parking assist steers the CLS into parallel-parking spots as the driver controls the throttle and brakes. A twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 good for 402 hp powers the base CLS550. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is standard in the CLS550 4Matic. The CLS63 AMG uses the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 to produce 518 hp and 4.4-second runs to 60 mph. The AMG car incorporates stop/start technology to eliminate fuel consumption when stopped at traffic lights. Every CLS is equipped with Mercedes’ Airmatic suspension and a well-mannered seven-speed automatic transmission. Factor in the beautiful body of this posh cruiser, and it’s easy to see why the CLS sells for $12,000 more than the E-class that it’s based on.

Safety

ABS; front, side, front pelvis and knee, and side curtain air bags; tire-pressure monitoring; drowsiness alert; and traction and stability control are standard. Adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, a rearview camera, night vision, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and rear side air bags are optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-class

  • Audi A7
  • BMW 6-series Gran Coupe
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Maserati Quattroporte

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2013 CLS-Class Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Memory
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer
  • Vehicle Information Center

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Heated Wiper/Washers
  • HID Headlights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc Changer
  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • 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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