2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class vs. Its Competition

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Once unique as a four-door coupe, forging new ground in style, the competition has filled in the segment with a bevy of alternatives.

The Audi A7, for example, is perhaps even more delightfully styled, and offers its own high-tech web-connected system, but is similarly expensive and only available with a supercharged V-6 engine.

The Jaguar XF isn't a four-door coupe, but has its own unique style, and in XFR trim, can give the CLS63 AMG a serious run for its money.

The Cadillac CTS-V is even faster than either the Jaguar or the CLS63 AMG, but is somewhat less luxurious--and less expensive.

Porsche's Panamera may seem an unlikely comparison, but its higher price brings far better rear-seat room and incredible performance, though the look won't please everyone's eye.

The Infiniti M56 is the low-price leader of this group, but instead of a high-performance option, Infiniti offers a hybrid version, though the interior and exterior are nearly a match for the Mercedes' opulence and style.

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Quick Specs
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.
The 2013 Audi A7 and S7 are design standouts, refined performers, and more exciting, practical alternatives to sedans.
If you're looking for Corvette fun wrapped in Cadillac luxury and comfort, with an added dose of practicality, the 2013 CTS-V is your answer.
Refined, nimble, and a scorcher in R trim, the Jaguar XF's only remaining hurdle to greatness is back-seat space.
The 2013 Porsche Panamera continues the success of the brand's unusual-looking fastback sport sedan.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Supercharged Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class     
CompactMidsize CarsSmall Station WagonMidsize CarsMidsizeLarge Car
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige5-Door Wagon56 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan I4 RWD4-Door HB
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanSedan5 Door Wagon4-Door SedanSedanHatchback
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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