Resale: $80,572
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MPG: 16 city/25 hwy
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2013 Mercedes CLS-Class CLS 63 AMG

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review

(0 Stars)  The embodiment of elegance.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 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.
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.

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2013 CLS 63 AMG Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 5.5L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 401 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 518 hp @ 5,250 rpm; 516 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

'13 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front 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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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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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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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Fog Lights
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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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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front 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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iPod Connector
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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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