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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. Read more »
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The CLS550's styling is polarizing, but we love it even if the headlights are overwrought and it looks a little too much like every other new Mercedes from the front.

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The three-pointed star adorning the CLS's massive grille is the size of a gladiator's belt buckle.

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the new CLS nods at the old car and then goes its own way. It shares a similar crescent-shaped greenhouse profile and tapered, high-bustle rear with the outgoing car, but much of that car's feminine elegance is gone, particularly at the front.

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Especially looking dead-on at the rear end, all the drawn lines of the trunk, rear fenders, new lighting elements, bumper, etc. come off both pinched and pudgy at the same time.

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The body looks milled from a solid chunk of steel and makes the still-beautiful departing model look positively dated by comparison. And that's just the outside.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$72,000 $95,900
4-Door Sedan RWD CLS550
Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Engine Turbocharged Gas V8, 4.6L
EPA Class Compact
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

Elegant, sleek, and stylish, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe glides into the new model year with just a handful of changes, but remains among the frontrunners of the luxury four-door coupe class.

Based on the E Class, but with a more rounded, coupe-like silhouette, the CLS Class's angles and edges were updated in 2012 for an edgier, more modern look. The result is a compelling, even athletic exterior and an interior that rides the border between glamorous and over-wrought.

On the road, the CLS Class is a relaxed, comfortable cruiser in any trim. The standard model the CLS 550, continues with its 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged 402-horsepower V-8 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. Riding on Airmatic suspension with available 4Matic all-wheel drive, the CLS 550 is both comfy and capable. The performance-minded buyer will prefer the CLS63 AMG's 518-horsepower 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8, however, with standard seven-speed MCT automatic transmission, Airmatic rear suspension, and start-stop technology. An optional performance package upgrades the CLS63 AMG's output to 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

While the front seats are spacious and plushly appointed, the rear seats are a bit tight on both head and leg room. Optional active seating adds active air-filled bolsters that grip driver and front passenger during more spirited driving.

Inside, the CLS Class takes the E Class's finery to the next level. Standard equipment includes a sunroof and leather upholstery, navigation, walnut wood trim, Attention Assist safety system, and 10 airbags. The CLS63 AMG adds to that spec with its monstrous drivetrain, an AMG-designed interior, and unique exterior appearance items, plus a range of higher-performance upgrades under the sheet metal.

On the safety front, the CLS Class continues to uphold Mercedes-Benz's reputation as a technology leader in the field, with standard Attention Assist to detect driver drowsiness, plus available upgrades including Pre-Safe braking assistance, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist, 10 airbags, and more.

Gas mileage isn't typically at the top of the list of concerns for a V-8-powered luxury sedan, but nonetheless, Mercedes-Benz has put considerable effort into making the most of both power and efficiency. The 2013 CLS 550 rates 17/25 mpg city/highway in rear-drive form, and 16/25 mpg with 4Matic all-wheel drive. The more potent CLS63 AMG rates nearly as highly, at 15/22 mpg and 18 mpg combined.


  • Stylishly aggressive design
  • Powerful, refined V-8 engines
  • Incredible handling and performance in AMG trim
  • Excellent front seats
  • Impressive nfotainment and telematics features


  • Rear-seat head room still tight
  • High price tag
  • Interior somewhat over-wrought
  • COMAND is what it is
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Reviewed by Nelson Ireson
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
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