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Compare 2012 Porsche Panamera vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

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Selected Style 4-Door HB
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Body Style

Engine

Trim

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
4-Door Sedan CLS550 RWD
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Trim

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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$67,500
$66,309
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$75,200
$71,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1253 / month
$1188 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Car Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.7 56.5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 42.1
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 55.8 55.8
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 44.6 -
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 Size NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code N/A NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3880 4158
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
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 -
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 300 @ 6200 402 @ 5000-5750
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 25
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
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
Summary
Body Style Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Porsche Panamera Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Air Springs
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.7 9.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 -
 
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