Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs 2012 Porsche Panamera

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
2012 Porsche Panamera
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4-Door Sedan CLS 550 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLS-Class 4-Door Sedan CLS 550 4MATIC 16 25 $68,634 $73,800
CLS-Class 4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD 17 25 $66,309 $71,300
CLS-Class 4-Door Sedan CLS 63 AMG RWD 16 25 $88,257 $94,900
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Panamera 4-Door HB 18 27 $67,500 $75,200
Panamera 4-Door HB 4 18 26 $71,640 $79,800
Panamera 4-Door HB 4S 16 24 $85,500 $95,200
Panamera 4-Door HB S 16 24 $81,120 $90,300
Panamera 4-Door HB S Hybrid 22 30 $85,320 $95,000
Panamera 4-Door HB Turbo 15 23 $122,850 $136,700
Panamera 4-Door HB Turbo S 15 23 $155,700 $173,200

Pricing

Invoice Price

$68,634
$67,500

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$73,800
$75,200

Monthly Payment Estimate

$1230 / month
$1253 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.2

TCC’s Bottom Line

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. Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.

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Fuel Economy

City

16 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 27 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Large Car

Interior Dimensions

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Passenger Volume (ft³)

104.3 98.0

Second Leg Room (in)

35.0 33.3

Front Head Room (in)

36.9 38.0

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.1 51.9

Passenger Capacity

4 4

Second Head Room (in)

36.1 38.2

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.5 51.7

Front Leg Room (in)

42.1 41.9

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

64.1 65.4

Wheelbase (in)

113.2 115.0

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

74.1 83.2

Track Width, Front (in)

62.9 65.3

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.6

Length, Overall (in)

194.5 195.7

Height, Overall (in)

55.8 55.8

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

15.3 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- 15.7

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

- 44.6

Brakes

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

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.6 x 1.0 13.0 x 1.1

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

23.8 21.1

Steering

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.6 2.6

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - N/A

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - 17.1-13.8

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.0 39.3

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA N/A

Rear Tire Size

P285/35R18 275/45R18

Rear Tire Order Code

NA N/A

Front Tire Size

P255/40R18 245/50R18

Spare Tire Size

- TBD - NA

Front Tire Order Code

NA N/A

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4158 3880

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 9.5 18 x 9.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

180 NA

Engine

Engine Type

Gas V8 Gas V6

Fuel System

Direct Injection Direct Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

443 @ 1600-4750 295 @ 3750

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

4.6L/285 3.6L/220

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

402 @ 5000-5750 300 @ 6200

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

19 21

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 27

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

16 18

Transmission

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.47 3.54

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.37 1.37

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.82 0.81

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

0.73 0.59

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.38 5.97

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.92 2.01

Trans Type

7 7

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.42/2.23 4.57

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.86 3.31

Summary

Vehicle Name

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Porsche Panamera

Body Style

4 Door Sedan Hatchback

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Air Springs w/Coil Springs

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Air Springs w/Coil Springs

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.6 8.7

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- 4

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