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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550

Original MSRP Range
$73,200 - $75,700
Available Style(s)
17 - 17 MPG City / 24 - 26 MPG Hwy
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550

What We Like

Gorgeous exterior; sharp handling; plush ride; powerful acceleration; world-class luxury; cutting-edge technology

What We Don't

Limited rear passenger space compared to a conventional sedan; keyless entry/start costs extra


Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.9/ 5


What's New in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550?

The CLS400 joins the fray as the base model, featuring a twin-turbocharged V6 engine. All models get mild styling revisions, standard adaptive LED headlights and revised electronics with a larger 8-inch central display, while the rear-wheel-drive CLS550 boasts a novel 9-speed transmission. Finally, the AMG lineup now consists solely of the 577-horsepower CLS63 AMG S-Model.

Which CLS 550 is the Best?

While the CLS400's low starting price and twin-turbo V6 may pique your curiosity, our pick is the CLS550. Its effortless and sonorous V8 thrust must be experienced to be believed, and we prefer its laid-back personality to the amped-up attitude of the much costlier CLS63 AMG.

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How Much Does a 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 Cost?

All CLS models offer 4-passenger seating with a full-length center console.

The CLS400 ($66,915) includes such amenities as 18-in alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, wood interior trim, 14-way heated power front seats with memory, leather upholstery, multicolor ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, an automatic garage-door opener, a USB audio port, Bluetooth and the COMAND infotainment system with an 8-in central display screen and a knob-based interface.

The CLS550 ($74,125) adds the AIRMATIC adaptive air suspension, an integrated COMAND navigation system, voice controls and an enhanced 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a 6-disc DVD/CD changer and an SD-card reader.

Generally speaking, the CLS550's upgrades are available on the CLS400 as options.

The CLS63 AMG S-Model ($107,425) includes a number of unique specifications, among them an AMG body kit, 19-in AMG wheels, performance brakes, a wider front track, an adaptive sport suspension, a limited-slip rear differential, multibeam active LED headlights, an AMG sport exhaust, a rear spoiler, an AMG sport steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, AMG front sport seats, semi-aniline leather trim and an IWC analog clock.

Optional on all CLS models is a Bang & Olufsen audio system with 15 speakers. Other notable options include keyless entry/start (no, it's not standard), active multicontour front seats, a power-closing trunk and a Parking Assist package that bundles a self-parking system and a surround-view camera system.

CLS 550 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CLS-Class 4dr Sdn CLS 550 4MATIC$75,700 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo40217 / 247-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CLS-Class 4dr Sdn CLS 550 RWD$73,200 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo40217 / 267-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 9-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 Safety

Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 a Safe Car?

The 2015 CLS-Class comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control and 10 airbags (front, front-side, front-pelvic, front-knee and full-length side-curtain). Mercedes mbrace emergency telematics is also included on a trial basis, though over time you'll have to choose which of the three levels of service (if any) you'd like to pay for every year. Standard driver assistance technologies include a driver alertness monitor, active front head restraints and a collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking.

Options include adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitor and lane-keeping assist.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.


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
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Premium Pkg 2
  • Rollover Protection
  • designo Edition
  • Carbon Fiber Trim
  • AMG Wheel Pkg


2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 vs the competition

2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe -- BMW's retort to the CLS-Class is attractive in its own right, and there's a potent M6 version that challenges the CLS63.

2016 Audi A7 -- The A7's beautiful hatchback profile is a sight to see, and its engine offerings include a turbodiesel V6 that's both fast and frugal. Try the V8-powered S7 and RS 7 if you want alternatives to the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG S-Model.

2015 Cadillac CTS -- Although it's a traditional sedan, the CTS has plenty of style, and you can get it with a formidable twin-turbocharged V6 that pumps out 420 hp.

Used Porsche Panamera -- The Panamera is more expensive than the CLS-Class if you look at comparable models, but Porsche can put you in a certified pre-owned Panamera with a warranty for less than you might think.

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