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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The executive style Mercedes Benz CLS Class of automobiles was made available for sale and purchase in the United States 2006, one year after they were available at the elite dealerships in Europe. As of 2007 in the United States, this first generation of mid sized, four door Mercedes Benz CLS Class automobiles, the W219, is also the current generation of CLS class vehicles. Two model versions of CLS class automobiles were made available in 2005 in the United States, the CLS 500 and the CLS 55 AMG, although there were several additional models available for sale and purchase in Europe.

The curvaceously direct and alluringly inviting 2006 Mercedes Benz CLS 500 offered extraordinary power and impeccable performance within its brilliantly lavish confines and simultaneously wrapped its passengers in true luxury. A 5.0 liter V8 engine powered the CLS500 smoothly and confidently down the road. The lack of a more user friendly control panel was quickly accepted as part of an otherwise excellently packaged and engineered mid size luxury automobile that accommodated the needs of those drivers with distinctive taste and the need for a four door sedan utility with the agility and style of a coupe

The CLS 55 AMG was initially produced in limited volume and was essentially a high performance version of the CLS500. The Mercedes Benz CLS 55 AMG was equipped with a 5.5 liter supercharged V8 engine, capable of generating 469 horsepower. At the time of its introduction, the CLS 55 AMG became the fastest Mercedes Benz sedan, reaching 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. The self leveling air suspension system with automated electronic calibration capabilities and upgraded tires enhanced the ride and performance at high speeds and around corners. The CLS55 AMG is also differentiated from the CLS500 by an extravagant leather interior accented by high gloss wood trim. In addition to upgrading several various standard features of the CLS500, the CLS55 AMG a Mercedes AMG body style featuring decreased ground clearance; chrome plated tailpipes, side skirts and an integrated rear spoiler.

For the 2007 model year, the still superior Mercedes Benz CLS Class of vehicles received enhanced audio systems and new model names to accommodate their even more powerful motors. The CLS500 has been rebadged as the CLS550, with the numeric change indicating the new 5.5 liter, 382 horsepower engine. The CLS55 AMG has been rebadged as the CLS 63 AMG and delivers more 38 additional horsepower than its 2005 version. Both the CLS550 and the CLS63 deliver beyond expectations and excel in the mid size luxury car market.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Reviews by Year

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS picks up a redesign for the new model year, gaining a more powerful engine that also boosts fuel economy. The average price paid for the CLS is $71,567, which, for a super luxury car, is not that steep. The major competitors are the Jaguar XJ, for $2,000 more on the sticker, but with a sexier exterior and sportier handling. The Porsche Panamera also gives the CLS a good run for it's money at $4,000 more, but only has room for four.

For 2012 the CLS gets a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 with 402 hp, a jump of 20 hp over the 2011. The engine has played well with the reviewers, exhibiting no turbo lag, and pairing nicely with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Given the tight turning radius, the CLS has better-than-expected maneuverability, although the electronic power steering can come off feeling a bit light. Thankfully, the brakes are strong and reliable. Expect to get 17 mpg city and 25 highway up from 14/21 over the previous model.

Although the sloping roof of the CLS makes the cabin a little cramped for taller occupants front and rear, the cabin's updated electronics and well-crafted execution is winning general praise. more
2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Minimally revamped for this model year, the 2009 Mercedes Benz CLS-Class is a four-door luxury sedan. It is available in two different trim levels, the base CLS550 and the high performance CLS63.
2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 4 door coupe combines the convenience and efficiency of an upscale sedan with the appeal and performance of a sports car.
2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
The 2007 Mercedes CLS class redefines the four-seat, four-door coupe, raising the form factor to the level of refined elegance. The CLS550 features a 382 hp, 5.5 liter, 32-valve V8 engine with a seven-speed automatic transmission that still allows some gear shifting control.
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