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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
4-Door HB
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB 18 27 $67,500 $75,200
4-Door HB S 16 24 $81,120 $90,300
4-Door HB S Hybrid 22 30 $85,320 $95,000
4-Door HB 4 18 26 $71,640 $79,800
4-Door HB 4S 16 24 $85,500 $95,200
4-Door HB Turbo 15 23 $122,850 $136,700
4-Door HB Turbo S 15 23 $155,700 $173,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$66,309
$67,500
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$71,300
$75,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1188 / month
$1253 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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. Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Large Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 36.1 38.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 51.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 41.9
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.3 98.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 33.3
Front Head Room (in) 36.9 38.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 51.9
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 194.5 195.7
Height, Overall (in) 55.8 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.1 65.4
Wheelbase (in) 113.2 115.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.1 83.2
Track Width, Front (in) 62.9 65.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.3 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 44.6
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 15.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 1.0 13.0 x 1.1
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 14.2 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4 Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 21.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 17.1-13.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.0 39.3
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - N/A
Tires
Front Tire Size P255/40R18 245/50R18
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code NA N/A
Rear Tire Size P285/35R18 275/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code NA N/A
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 3880
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 NA
Engine
Displacement 4.6L/285 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 402 @ 5000-5750 300 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 443 @ 1600-4750 295 @ 3750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 27
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 2.01
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 4.57
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 3.31
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.47 3.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 5.97
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.59
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Porsche Panamera
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Air Springs w/Coil Springs
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/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.2 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 4
 
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