The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class hasn't been crash tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but it does offer ample standard safety equipment, as well as a range of available high-tech extras.
All 2014 CLS models get 10 airbags, Attention Assist driver alertness monitoring, Pre-Safe emergency brake assist and seat-belt tensioner, active head restraints, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control and more.
Available safety improvements include LED headlights, Night View Assist Plus with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, a rearview camera, Distronic Plus (a radar-based cruise control system with automatic braking), and Parktronic parking sensors with Active Park Assist.
In general, visibility in the CLS is good, particularly through the front and side windows. The rear three-quarters view can be hindered by the low roof and thick roof supports, but the standard rearview camera helps mitigate that, and the parking systems help when slotting into a tight spot.