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Mercedes-Benz pioneered the modern four-door-coupe segment with the original CLS almost a dozen years ago. Now, the redesigned third-generation CLS continues to rely on the same recipe: a sleek, low-slung sport sedan with some compromised visibility and cabin access.
Fit and finish is excellent, but the controls are complicated. The CLS seats five people. The base engine is a 362-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine, marking Mercedes-Benz's return to a straight, inline six-cylinder. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning are standard. Consumers will have to pay for the optional package that includes active steering and adaptive cruise control.
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2019-2020
2019 Redesign Year
$67,275 - $79,675
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$56,550 - $68,950
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2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
The CLS has been extensively freshened and now has a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8. An AMG version with a 5.5-liter delivers ferocious acceleration.
The coupelike styling results in a low roof, small windows, and reduced interior space that limits access, visibility, and rear-seat room. Handling is capable and surprisingly agile for such a large car. The ride is firm but supple and steady. Noise levels are hushed. Fit and finish is excellent, but the controls are complicated. A broad selection of the latest driver assistance technologies including forward collision prevention, lane tracking, lane departure warning and semi-automated parking are available.
$49,025 - $74,775
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$31,975 - $64,050
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$25,725 - $53,300
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$21,225 - $43,850
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$21,900 - $36,225
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$19,000 - $29,650
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$16,400 - $25,550
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2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
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.
$12,150 - $21,800
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$10,450 - $18,600
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$9,125 - $15,200
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$8,075 - $13,375
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$7,175 - $11,625
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$6,525 - $10,625
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