2014 Mercedes-Benz CL Class vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class (CL550)
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

There aren't many four-seat coupes hanging out in the $100,000+ price range.

The Bentley Continental costs more, yet makes for a worthy competitor, but the Bentley has the prestige that comes with its hand-crafted interior.

The BMW 6-Series can be had for less money, but its M6 performance variant is a wilder, more extreme ride than the CL's AMG models.

There's also a 6-Series convertible and four-door GranCoupe available.

The Maserati GranTurismo has real rear-seat legroom, a Ferrari-built V-8, and it's the looker in the group.

There's also the Aston Martin DB9, which is more expensive and carries more cachet and impeccably refined style.

Finally, there's the CL's two-seat counterpart, the SL.

If you don't plan to use your CL's rear seat, why not opt for the roadster? The SL was redesigned for 2013, and it's more performance-oriented, especially in SL 63 or 65 AMG guises.

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Quick Specs
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CL is cozy, comfortable and loaded with enough performance and technology to entertain even the ultra-wealthy.
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No matter whether it's a coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe, the 2014 BMW 6-Series covers soft and elegant as well as it does sharp and athletic.
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL Class feels content as a grand tourer, but it's sportier than you might expect.
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The 2014 Aston Martin DB9 offers a refined balance of power and prestige, James Bond-cool whatever the situation.
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Well-mannered in nearly every situation, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT is a powerhouse more fitted for a gentleman than a rock star; but the new GT V8 S should add a little more urgency to the driving experience.
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The Maserati GranTurismo mates serene yet sporty handling with a beautiful Ferrari V-8 engine note for one fabulous luxury coupe.
MSRP From     
$116,600$75,400$106,700$183,700$198,600$126,500
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-12Twin Turbo Flexible W-12Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe CL 550 4MATIC2-Door Coupe 640i RWD2-Door Roadster SL 5502-Door Coupe Automatic2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
442444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4MATIC CoupeCoupeRoadsterCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD