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Mercedes-Benz CLS
2017
Mercedes-Benz CLS 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 CLS550 sedan AWD Automatic

The extensively freshened CLS gets a new 329-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 hooked up to a seven-speed automatic for the base powertrain. The 550 gets a 402-hp, 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to a new nine-speed automatic. An AMG version with a 577-hp, 5.5-liter V8 delivers ferocious acceleration. Handling is capable and surprisingly agile for such a large car. The ride is firm but supple and steady. The coupelike styling results in a low roof and small windows, reducing interior space. That limits cabin access, hurts visibility, and compromises rear-seat room. Noise levels are hushed. Fit and finish is excellent, but the controls are complicated. All-wheel drive is available.

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2012-2016
2012 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz CLS 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 CLS400

For 2012, the car was extensively freshened, with revised styling and a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8. It remains a highly capable sporty sedan, with excellent interior fit and finish and a broad selection of the latest driver assistance technologies including forward collision prevention, lane tracking, lane departure warning and semi-automated parking.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 N/A N/A
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2015 $48,400 - $81,550 $45,140 - $76,240
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2014 $42,175 - $66,200 $39,240 - $61,840
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2013 $35,800 - $54,900 $32,900 - $51,100
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2012 $30,450 - $45,750 $27,540 - $42,340
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2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz CLS 2011 Trim Shown: 2011 Others

Based upon the E-Class sedan, the CLS four-door coupe's low roof, small windows, and reduced interior space compromise access, outward visibility and rear-seat head- and legroom. The 5.0-liter V8 offers smooth and abundant power, but the seven-speed automatic often hesitated before downshifts and wasn't always smooth in our tests. A 6.3-liter AMG version is available. The quick steering offers good feedback, and the handling is capable, if not really sporty. Ride quality is mostly steady, but some side-to-side motions are annoying. Noise levels are hushed. Fit and finish are excellent, but the controls are complicated.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $23,850 - $37,900 $20,900 - $34,580
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2010 $19,525 - $32,400 $16,580 - $29,100
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2009 $16,650 - $26,625 $13,680 - $23,400
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2008 $14,325 - $22,300 $11,400 - $19,120
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2007 $11,975 - $18,800 $9,100 - $15,615
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2006 $10,200 - $14,850 $7,450 - $11,815
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