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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 4MATIC CLS550 16 25 $69,285 $74,500
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS550 17 25 $66,960 $72,000
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS63 AMG 16 25 $89,187 $95,900
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium 18 28 $55,894 $60,100
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium Plus 18 28 $55,894 $60,100
4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige 18 28 $55,894 $60,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$66,960
$55,894
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$72,000
$60,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1200 / month
$1002 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line Carrying forward 2012's more muscular looks with inimitable style, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class gets new high-tech options while keeping its surprising performance. The 2013 Audi A7 and S7 are design standouts, refined performers, and more exciting, practical alternatives to sedans.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Midsize Cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.300 94.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.000 37.000
Front Head Room (in) 36.930 36.900
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.100 57.200
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Head Room (in) 36.140 36.600
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.500 55.900
Front Leg Room (in) 42.100 41.300
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.100 64.400
Wheelbase (in) 113.150 114.700
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.060 75.200
Track Width, Front (in) 62.900 64.700
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 194.490 195.600
Height, Overall (in) 55.750 55.900
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.310 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 24.500
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - - TBD -
Brakes
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) 14.200 x 1.400 14.000 x - TBD -
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) 12.600 x 1.000 13.000 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.130 19.800
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.600 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 15.800
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.000 39.000
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P285/35R18 P255/40R19
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/40R18 P255/40R19
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4158 4167
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.5 19 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 190
Engine
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas V8 Supercharged Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 443 @ 1800-4750 325 @ 2900-4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 4.6L/285 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 402 @ 5000-5750 310 @ 5500-6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 18
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.420/2.230 3.317
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.860 3.143
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.470 2.848
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.370 1.667
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.820 1.000
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.380 4.714
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.730 0.839
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.920 2.106
Trans Type 7 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.000 1.285
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.667
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Audi A7
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Five-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Air Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Trapezoidal-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Air Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.1 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 8.5 (2012)
 
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