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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS550 17 25 $66,309 $71,300
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS63 AMG 16 25 $88,257 $94,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLS550 16 25 $68,634 $73,800
56 4-Door Sedan RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
35h 4-Door Sedan RWD Hybrid 27 32 $49,706 $53,700
37 4-Door Sedan RWD 18 26 $44,163 $47,700
37 4-Door Sedan AWD 17 24 $46,149 $49,850
56 4-Door Sedan RWD 16 24 $54,787 $59,200
56 4-Door Sedan AWD 16 23 $57,096 $61,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$66,309
$54,787
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$71,300
$59,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1188 / month
$987 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line Still a fashionista at heart, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is cut from a more masculine pattern book these days--especially in powerful AMG trim. The 2012 Infiniti M56 delivers the performance of a true super-sedan, plus impressive comfort, all in a assertive but graceful design inside and out.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 17 mpg 16 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 58.4
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.1 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 56.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 44.0
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.3 103.6
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 36.9 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in) 194.5 194.7
Height, Overall (in) 55.8 59.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.1 61.8
Wheelbase (in) 113.2 114.2
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.1 72.6
Track Width, Front (in) 62.9 62.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.3 14.9
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4 Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 1.0 12.1 x 0.6
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.2 x 1.4 12.6 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 20.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.0 36.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 38.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/40R18 P245/50VR18
Spare Tire Size - TBD - T165/80R17
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P285/35R18 P245/50VR18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4158 4028
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 17 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 11.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 150
Engine
Engine Order Code NA VK56VD
Displacement 4.6L/285 5.6L/339
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 402 @ 5000-5750 420 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 443 @ 1600-4750 417 @ 4400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.98
Trans Type 7 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42/2.23 3.85
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 3.10
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.47 2.61
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.87
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.78
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Infiniti M56
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Air Springs w/stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Air Springs w/stabilizer bar
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.2 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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