Compare 2012 Porsche Panamera vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

2012 Porsche Panamera
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB 18 27 $67,500 $75,200
4-Door HB 4 18 26 $71,640 $79,800
4-Door HB S 16 24 $81,120 $90,300
4-Door HB S Hybrid 22 30 $85,320 $95,000
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
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4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS550 17 25 $66,309 $71,300
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLS550 16 25 $68,634 $73,800
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS63 AMG 16 25 $88,257 $94,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$67,500
$66,309
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$75,200
$71,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1253 / month
$1188 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Car Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.3 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 36.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
51.9 57.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.0 104.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 36.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.7 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.4 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
115.0 113.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
83.2 74.1
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
195.7 194.5
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 55.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
44.6 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.7 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 15.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.1 12.6 x 1.0
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 23.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1-13.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.3 37.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Rear Tire Size
275/45R18 P285/35R18
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Front Tire Size
245/50R18 P255/40R18
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3880 4158
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.0 18 x 9.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V8
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
295 @ 3750 443 @ 1600-4750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/220 4.6L/285
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6200 402 @ 5000-5750
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.57 3.42/2.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.59 0.73
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.54 2.47
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.97 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.01 1.92
Trans Type
7 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Porsche Panamera Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Air Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Air Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 9.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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