2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Coupe

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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Coupe
  • MSRP:
    $72,000

    Invoice Price:$66,960
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  • Fuel Economy:
    17 MPG city / 25 MPG hwy
  • Engine:
    Turbocharged Gas V8, 4.6L/285
    402 hp @ 5000-5750 rpm
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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Coupe User Reviews

  • gorgeous car.. for now
    By James Vanderbeak (I am an Owner), May. 24, 2013
    I bought my CLS thinking i was getting something unique and interesting. i went for it over getting one of the bmw gran coupe models. I've been a BMW owner all my life, but I've got to say Mercedes so... more
  • 2013 CLS550 4matic
    By Stephan Tremblay (I am an Owner), May. 24, 2013
    Purchased the car early 2013 and the honeymoon is over.

    Exterior - evolution from previous model year. Some mourn the changes; they appeal to me as a younger buyer. No real issues here except the m... more

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Overview

The CLS-Class is offered in two different models for 2013: a CLS550, with a 402-horsepower, 4.6L V8 and a higher-performance CLS63 AMG with a 518-hp, 5.5L V8. Both engines have a twin turbos along with direct injection, and come with a 7-speed automatic, but the CLS63 comes with a special AMG multi-clutch technology (MCT) transmission that uses a clutch instead of a torque converter for better responsiveness, quicker shifts and a more direct feel during high-performance driving.

The CLS-Class is referred to as a coupe by Mercedes-Benz, and when viewed from a front or rear angle, it's easy to see why. The arched roofline and heavily sculpted flanks--and especially the accented rear wheel arches--can make the CLS-Class look like a muscle car, while from the side or up close it becomes clear that this is a sedan with an actual trunk.

Mercedes-Benz has expanded the interior space of the CLS-Class a bit, but it remains primarily stylish transport for two, with a smaller-than-usual backseat just large enough for two adults when needed. It's furnished with a truly high-end look and feel, including natural-grain leathers and real wood trim. Despite the CLS-Class' performance flavor, it includes a wide range of noise insulation and vibration damping. Nicely contoured front seats will provide great long-distance comfort, but the CLS63 upgrades to even more supportive sport seats plus more contoured rear seats. Active ventilated seats are available to keep occupants warm or cool, and a driver's multi-contour seat inflates to provide special support as well as help hold the driver in place when cornering.

On the CLS63, many of the interior trims are upgraded. In addition to the sport seats, there are special AMG door sill panels and brushed stainless-steel pedals, along with expanded leather trim. There's also a special E-Select shift lever, as well as a 'Race' mode that can record lap times.

Bi-xenon headlamps are standard on the CLS-Class, and they come supplemented with what Mercedes-Benz is calling the world's first active LED headlamps. The setup includes active-curve lamps that help illuminate up to 15 degrees into an upcoming corner, as well as lower-speed cornering lamps. The tail lamps also use LED lamps, and the headlights have an Adaptive Highbeam Assist feature that can detect traffic coming from ahead or behind. City-dwellers might also find Parktronic useful; it uses sonar sensors to show nearby obstacles. Active Park Assist will actually steer the vehicle into a parking space at speeds below 7 mph.

All CLS-Class models include COMAND, Mercedes-Benz screen-based interface, navigated by a rotary controller, to access audio, climate, and navigation functions. Also of note is the available harman/kardon logic 7 surround-sound system, which has 14 speakers, a 610-watt amplifier and a subwoofer for a studio-quality experience.

Both of the CLS-Class models include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, a Distronic Plus cruise control system that lets drivers follow at a safe distance and a Pre-Safe emergency braking system that can spot slowdowns ahead and bring the car to a full stop. Attention Assist studies movements of the steering wheel to spot times when drivers might be falling asleep, sounding a chime and displaying a coffee-cup symbol. Rain-sensing wipers even feature a heated washing system and headlight cleaners.

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Model Changes

After a total redesign in 2012, Mercedes-Benz has left the CLS-Class virtually unchanged.

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Value

Mercedes-Benz calls the CLS-Class a coupe, but it's actually a 4-door sedan that's considerably more curvy than most sedans. It's also part of a growing group of models that are more styled than traditional luxury sedans--including the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera. While both of those other models come with hatches, the CLS-Class has a trunk. For many shoppers, the relative rarity of the CLS-Class is a selling point; it looks like no other car out there. Performance is another reason to pick the CLS-Class; featuring twin-turbo V8s, it performance is quite good. There are also a number of tech firsts in the CLS-Class, including the world's first LED headlights.

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Strengths

Strong turbo-charged V8 engines; class-leading tech and safety features; superb cabin materials; high-speed poise; a sports coupe look in a 4-door package


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