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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
CLS550 Coupe
  • CLS550 Coupe
  • CLS550 4MATIC Coupe
S550 Sedan
  • S600 Sedan
  • S350 4MATIC Sedan
  • S550 Sedan
  • S550 4MATIC Sedan


MSRP $71,300 $94,500  
Invoice $66,309 $87,885
Avg. Paid N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 8.9  
Critics' Rating 7.6 9.0
Performance 8.4 8.3
Interior 8.0 8.8
Safety N/A N/A
Reliability 3.5 4.0

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful twin-turbo V8
  • Attractive interior design
  • Folding rear seats increase utility
  • Luxurious, roomy interior
  • Impressive safety features
  • Quiet ride
  • Competitive power
  • Divisive exterior styling
  • Light steering feel
  • Inadequate headroom for tall occupants
  • Confusing cabin electronics
  • Numb steering
  • Expensive sticker price

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V8 4.6L/285 Gas V8 4.6L/285
MPG 17 City / 25 Hwy 15 City / 25 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan  


Wheelbase(in) 113.2 124.6  
Length, Overall (in) 194.5 206.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.1 73.7
Height, Overall (in) 55.8 58.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard  
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4158 4740  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Optional  
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Optional
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Standard Standard
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 4 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.3 109.0
Front Head Room (in) 36.9 37.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 59.1
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 60.8
Second Head Room (in) 36.1 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 42.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 58.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 60.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.3 16.4


AM/FM Stereo Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Standard Standard
Entertainment System Optional
Hard Disk Drive Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard Standard  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard


Leather Seats Standard Standard  
Cooled Driver Seat Optional Standard
Cooled Rear Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard
Heated Rear Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional
Bucket Seats Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Night Vision Optional Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional Optional


Engine & Performance

Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
8 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V8
Displacement 4.6L/285 4.6L/285
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 402 @ 5000-5750 429 @ 5250
Torque (Net @ RPM) 443 @ 1600-4750 516 @ 1800-3500
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 37.0 40.0


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 15
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 25
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 23.8


Active Suspension System Optional  
Air Suspension Standard Standard
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Air Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Air Springs


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard Standard

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