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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550

Original MSRP Range
$72,100--$74,600
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
18 MPG City / 25--27 MPG Hwy
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550

What We Like

Gorgeous exterior; sharp handling; plush ride; strong engine; world-class luxury; cutting-edge technology

What We Don't

Pricey; unorthodox styling might not sit well with some; low city fuel economy

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.9/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550?

The CLS models essentially carryover for 2014, though 4Matic all-wheel drive is now standard on the C63 AMG version. The standard CLS63 AMG 4Matic model enjoys a power boost to 550 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque (vs. 518 hp and 516 lb-ft). The CLS63 AMG 4Matic S-Model replaces the AMG Performance Package model, now with 27 more horsepower for a total output of 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

Which CLS 550 is the Best?

With more than $34,000 separating the standard CLS550 model from the top-of-the-line CLS63 AMG S-Line, you might think there's an entry-level sedan's worth of value spread across the CLS lineup. And while the different variants certainly have distinctions that will be readily apparent to trained eyes, the base model CLS550 boasts a rich enough list of standard equipment to satisfy most luxury shoppers. The dollar difference, however, will be most appreciated by performance enthusiasts who crave the outlandish acceleration and superb handling offered by the higher-end AMG variants. In this stratosphere of high-end sedans, the AMG models shine with their supercar-like capabilities and aggressive stance, making them compelling halo products for the cosmetically appealing CLS lineup, and desirable enough to convert die-hard sports car fans into sedan drivers.

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How Much Does a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 Cost?

The CLS550 ($73,025) receives standard items, including a Harman Kardon Logic7 sound system, 14-way power seats, dual-zone climate control and heated front seats. Among the available options is a Premium 1 package ($4,150), which adds LED headlamps, a rearview camera, keyless start and a power rear sunshade. A wheel package ($760) brings 18-inch AMG wheels, while the Wheel Package Plus One ($1,260) delivers 19-in wheels, a 3-spoke sport steering wheel and a manual transmission mode. The 4Matic option ($2,500) brings all-wheel drive.

The CLS63 AMG 4Matic ($99,500) receives significant performance upgrades in the form of a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 550 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, as well as a sportier suspension and chassis modifications. The Premium 1 package ($3,690) adds active ventilated seats, a rearview camera and keyless start. A premium Bang & Olufsen sound system ($5,400) offers higher-quality audio.

Options available for the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG 4Matic include a driver assistance package ($2,950) that adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assist. Parktronic ($970) and night-view assist ($970) round out the major options.

The CLS63 AMG 4Matic S-Model ($107,425) ups performance with 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque from the turbocharged V8, and offers the same options list.

CLS 550 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CLS-Class 4dr Sdn CLS 550 4MATIC$74,600 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo40218 / 257-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CLS-Class 4dr Sdn CLS 550 RWD$72,100 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo40218 / 277-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 a Safe Car?

The 2014 CLS550 includes front knee airbags and Mercedes mbrace2 emergency telematics in addition to the typical roster of safety features, such as ABS, traction control and stability control. Standard driver assistance technologies include Attention Assist, which monitors the driver's alertness, and a PreSafe system, which makes split-second preparations when an unavoidable accident is detected.

Options encompass an expanded suite of driver assistance and safety technologies, including Distronic PLUS cruise control, Active Lane Keep Assist and Night View Assist with Pedestrian Detection. But one of the most groundbreaking features for the CLS is Adaptive Highbeam Assist. This camera-based system will automatically lower one or both headlight beams when it detects oncoming traffic.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Rollover Protection
  • designo Edition
  • Premium Pkg 1
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Night View Assist Plus
  • AMG Wheel Pkg
  • AMG Wheel Pkg Plus One
  • Lane Tracking Pkg

Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 vs the competition

BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe -- BMW's retort to the CLS-Class is an attractive, compelling alternative from the Munich-based brand, with a potent M version that challenges Benz's AMG variants.

Audi A6 -- The Audi and the Mercedes are both beautiful cars. Both offer a plush ride, but the Mercedes is a sharper handler. The CLS550 also brings more technology and innovation.

Cadillac CTS -- The Cadillac boasts plenty of luxury, a sporting character and a compelling value proposition, but the Mercedes is more impressive on virtually all fronts: design, performance, technology, safety and comfort.

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