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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550

Original MSRP Range
$74,100 - $76,600
Available Style(s)
17 - 17 MPG City / 25 - 26 MPG Hwy
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2016 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 with a conventional sedan


Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.9/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550?

The all-wheel-drive CLS550 4MATIC becomes like its rear-drive counterpart (the CLS550) by receiving a 9-speed automatic transmission. A 5-year subscription to the company's mbrace2 Connect telematics system is also standard throughout the CLS range. This includes web services, roadside connection, MB Apps (nonstreaming), diagnostics, remote updates and remote starting.

The company's name-changing spree means we have a 2016 Mercedes-AMG CLS63 S as the range's hot version.

Which CLS 550 is the Best?

Despite the CLS400's low starting price and twin-turbo V6 -- and the amped-up attitude of the much-costlier CLS63 AMG -- it's the CLS550's sonorous V8 and effortless thrust that really stand out.

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How Much Does a 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 Cost?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is available in CLS400, CLS550 and AMG CLS63 S versions. All models have 4-passenger seating with a full-length center console.

The CLS400 ($67,825) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, wood interior trim, 10-way heated power front seats with driver's-side memory, a power adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, multicolor ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, an automatic garage-door opener, a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation and the COMAND infotainment system with an 8-in central display screen and a knob-based interface.

The CLS550 ($75,025) adds an adaptive air suspension, upgraded navigation, voice control, ventilated front seats, a rearview camera, keyless entry/ignition, a power-closing trunk lid, LED headlights, a power rear sunshade and an enhanced 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a 6-disc DVD/CD changer, satellite radio and an SD-card reader.

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

The AMG CLS63 S ($108,725) includes 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, a 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.

A Bang & Olufsen audio system with 15 speakers is optional on all models. Other options include active multicontour front seats, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, a self-parking system with a surround-view camera, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, rear traffic alert and emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The AMG model can also be specced with carbon-ceramic brake discs.

CLS 550 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CLS 4dr Sdn CLS 550 4MATIC$76,600 / $71,2388 Cylinder Turbo40217 / 259-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
CLS 4dr Sdn CLS 550 RWD$74,100 / $68,9138 Cylinder Turbo40217 / 269-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 Safety

Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 a Safe Car?

The CLS comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control and 10 airbags (front, front-side, front-pelvic, front-knee and full-length side-curtain). Standard-issue 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, frontal cross-traffic alerts with self-braking, a blind spot monitoring system and lane-keeping assistance.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 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
  • Premium Pkg 2
  • Rollover Protection
  • Lane Tracking Pkg
  • designo Edition
  • Carbon Fiber Trim
  • AMG Wheel Pkg


2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 vs the competition

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

2016 Audi A7 -- The A7's hatchback profile is beautiful. Try the V8-powered S7 and RS 7 as alternatives to the CLS550 and AMG CLS63 S.

2016 Cadillac CTS -- Although it's a traditional sedan, the CTS has plenty of style and a formidable twin-turbocharged V6 version pumping out 420 hp.

Used Porsche Panamera -- Comparable models of the Panamera are more expensive than the CLS equivalents, but a certified pre-owned example with a warranty is a different matter.

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