Mercedes-Benz CLS

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2020
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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS Ratings & Reliability
Mercedes-Benz pioneered the modern four-door-coupe segment with the original CLS nearly 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.
2019
2019 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz CLS 2019
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2019 $60,550 - $70,925 $53,720 - $62,920
2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz CLS 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $56,150 - $82,900 $49,760 - $73,460
2017 $36,225 - $71,275 $32,060 - $63,340
2016 $28,450 - $59,300 $24,800 - $52,550
2015 $22,775 - $47,000 $19,560 - $41,460
2014 $22,250 - $36,975 $18,870 - $32,370
2013 $18,775 - $28,900 $14,780 - $24,880
2012 $16,100 - $24,475 $12,170 - $20,770
2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz CLS 2011
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 $13,300 - $23,325 $9,570 - $19,635
2010 $10,750 - $19,350 $7,240 - $15,750
2009 $9,325 - $16,550 $5,970 - $12,380
2008 $7,975 - $13,500 $4,770 - $9,680
2007 $6,725 - $11,350 $3,645 - $7,735
2006 $5,900 - $9,550 $2,890 - $6,145