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Almost completely revised for the 2012 model year, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS sees no major aesthetic updates. Fortunately, it's far enough fashion-forward in its basic premise that it's still fresh and sophisticated.
The CLS Class' silhouette is unmistakable, drawing a long, arching curve from nose to tail, with short front and rear ends that enhance the sleek, coupe-like profile. At the nose, bold angles and a strong grille stand out, carving more masculine lines than the first-generation CLS. In CLS63 AMG form, these aspects are highlighted, with more aggressive aerodynamic elements marking it out as the brawny version of the CLS.
The theme continues inside, with dramatic styling statements that border on busy at times, though curves and expansive surfaces help mitigate the proliferation of detail. Materials are as pleasing to the eyes as the hands, yielding a rich, luxurious atmosphere. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class offers plenty of power in base form, and in CLS63 AMG form, more power than most will know what to do with. The starting point for the CLS range is the rear-drive CLS 550, powered by a 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine rated at 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Despite the CLS 550's size, it accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. All-wheel drive adds a tenth of a second to that figure.
Whether you choose all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, you'll get a seven-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and quickly in standard automatic mode. Comfort and Sport modes soften or sharpen the CLS's character accordingly--and noticeable. With the arrival of the second-generation CLS Class in 2012, Mercedes-Benz's four-door coupe only grew slightly in size, keeping the same 113.2-inch wheelbase--and most of the compromises in the back seat.Up front, the 2014 CLS Class is amply comfortable and spacious, with supportive seats and plenty of head, leg, and shoulder room. Standard 14-way adjustments help accommodate a wide type of body shapes and sizes, while available active-bolstered seats enhance support in high-performance driving. Seat ventilation is also available.
The rear seats are more compromised due to the low, sloping four-door-coupe profile. Head room is slight, and leg room is less than abundant. Adults can fit, if not quite in total comfort, but those seeking to regularly transport taller passengers in the back seat will do well to look into the E Class or S Class.*This vehicle is
Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.