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
8.4
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.
9.0
The 2013 Audi A7 and S7 are design standouts, refined performers, and more exciting, practical alternatives to sedans.
8.4
Refined, nimble, and a scorcher in R trim, the Jaguar XF's only remaining hurdle to greatness is back-seat space.
8.2
The 2013 Porsche Panamera continues the success of the brand's unusual-looking fastback sport sedan.
MSRP From   
$72,000$60,100$46,975$75,850
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
CompactMidsize CarsMidsizeLarge Car
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan CLS 550 RWD4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium Plus4-Door Sedan I4 RWD4-Door HB
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4454
Passenger Doors   
N/A4N/AN/A
Body Style   
SedanSedanSedanHatchback
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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