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From high-style to high-tech, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class outstrips even the E Class in its extensive equipment list.
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Dynamically self-adjusting bolsters, massaging seats, supple high-end leather, satin burlwood trim (or carbon fiber in Performance Package models), and a massively detailed and slightly too-intricate infotainment/multimedia system operated through the center console--the CLS 63 AMG is, in every case, a thoroughly luxurious and meticulously well-executed sedan.
Motor Authority

New active all-LED headlights are said to be a world's first, too. Designed to last the life of the car, they automatically dip the cutoff and modulate the high beams in response to oncoming traffic and driving conditions.
Edmunds

Previously, the CLS was only available with rear-wheel drive, but the CLS550 now can be had with Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, which is standard on the E550.
Automobile

There's the predictable spate of available gee-whiz options, too, including massaging seats with active bolsters that robotically grip you in corners (we'll pass, thanks)
Autoblog

three active systems...help with parking, staying in the appropriate lane, and monitoring blind spots. The ­latter doesn’t merely alert a driver to a car in a blind spot; it uses the brakes to tug the CLS away from an approaching vehicle.
Car and Driver

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class offers an impressive array of standard technology and entertainment equipment--and then upgrades from there.

The standard audio system is a harmon/kardon LOGIC7 system featuring Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and a sound profile engineered specifically for the CLS. A total of 610 watts of power and 14-speakers push the sound of HD Radio, a six-disc DVD/CD changer, Bluetooth audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, the Gracenote music database, or music stored on the 10GB hard drive. An iPod/MP3 interface is also available.

Apple iPad owners will appreciate the optional docking station, allowing rear-seat passengers to watch movies, play music, surf the web, and more. A built-in rear-seat entertainment system is also available, offering 7-inch screens, DVD player, and integrated SD card/USB stick reader.

The mbrace2 telematics and connectivity suite is a comprehensive update from the previous mbrace system, with upgraded features and new remote services. Some of the features include Mercedes-Benz Apps with Google Local Search, Facebook, and Yelp functions; remote vehicle monitoring for service and usage statistics; the mbrace Concierge service with round-the-clock personal assistance (even when you're not in the car), and much more.

The COMAND infotainment system wraps together control of most of the car's major in-cabin functions, including audio, climate control, and more. Voice-control functions and the central console controller enable less-distracted access to these functions.

The CLS63 AMG model includes many of the optional features in the base CLS as standard equipment, while adding some of its own, including  new-for-2014 features such as Collision Prevention Assist, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, plus an Alcantara headliner and more.

A wide range of wheel, paint, upholstery, trim, and other personalization options are also available.

Conclusion

From high-style to high-tech, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class outstrips even the E Class in its extensive equipment list.

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