2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Overview
Easily one of the most stylish cars on the road today, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class takes coupe styling and meshes it with four-door practicality. Mercedes offers the CLS-Class in two varieties: the CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. Competitors include the Audi A7 and the BMW 6-Series.
A couple things stick out on the CLS-Class at first glance: a long, sloping hood and a very curvy rear (especially in profile). Up front, the dominant feature is a large version of Mercedes’ aggressive corporate grille, flanked by large headlight clusters that contain shapely LED daytime running lights. A power sunroof is standard, while full-LED adaptive headlights and a rear deck-lid spoiler are optional.
Inside, the CLS-Class seats a coupe-like four passengers eschewing a rear bench for rear seats that are separated by a center console with cup holders and storage. As would be expected of a luxury car of this caliber (and not to mention price), materials are upscale with standard leather upholstery and real wood trim pieces. Most features are standard, including a Harmon Kardon stereo, hard-drive based navigation, and the latest iteration of Mercedes’ Comand infotainment system. Heated and ventilated front seats, massaging seats, and a power rear sunshade are optional.
The 2013 CLS-Class splits its engine options by trim. The CLS550 is powered by a 402-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 443 pounds feet of torque. The zany CLS63 AMG takes things up a notch, housing a 518-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 under the bonnet that makes 516 pounds-feet or torque. Opt for the AMG performance package, and increased turbo boost pressure bumps horsepower all the way up to 550. A seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters is the only transmission option. CLS550 models are available with 4Matic all-wheel drive.
Safety is a stated priority of Mercedes-Benz and the CLS-Class’ standard safety features list reflects that. Attention assist, mbrace2 in-car communication system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, front knee airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and active front head restraints all come standard. Optional safety features include side-impact airbags for the rear seats, blind spot warning system, lane departure warning, collision warning and mitigation system, night vision, backup camera, and front and rear parking sensors.