How Much Does a 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG Cost?
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is available in CLS 450 and AMG CLS 53 versions. Both models have 5-passenger seating. The
CLS 450 (est. $70,000, plus destination fee) has an impressive amount of standard equipment that includes 19-in alloy wheels, LED headlights/taillights, powered sunroof, self-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry/ignition, remote start, selectable driving modes, adaptive dampers, heated/10-way power-adjustable front seats with drivers-side memory, power-adjustable steering column, power-closing trunk lid, leather upholstery (simulated leather-covered dashboard), multi-colored ambient cabin lighting and
dual-zone automatic climate control, forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, driver attention alert, blind-spot monitoring, two USB ports, Bluetooth, navigation and HD radio. New for 2021 is a dual 12.3-in system in which one screen acts as a configurable instrument cluster and the other is a touchscreen that relays infotainment. Also standard are
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration This model is eligible for AWD, air suspension, and features like wireless charging and a Burmester 13-speaker/590-watt surround-sound system. New for 2021 is navigation with directions presented in augmented reality – a real help in unfamiliar territory. The Parking Assist package includes a 360-degree camera system and
rear cross-traffic alert as well as self-steering into and out of parking spaces. The
2021 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 (approx. $82,000) adds an AMG body kit, 19-in AMG wheels, AMG Ride Control Plus hydro-pneumatic adaptive suspension, variable AWD system (4Matic Plus), performance brakes, sport exhaust, AMG Performance steering wheel and AMG front sport seats. For 2021 this model also gains a power-operated rear sunshade and surround-view camera. Other extras include soft-close doors, heated steering wheel/front armrests, multi-contour/massaging front seats, heated rear seats (CLS 53), tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a head-up display. Optional driver assistance features include
adaptive cruise control, partially autonomous parking, evasive steering assistance, and active lane changing assistance. Trunk space is 11.9 cu ft., bigger than the previous CLS but still smaller than that of a
Honda Civic compact sedan. Nevertheless, it will take a couple of sets of golf clubs.
City MPG / Hwy MPG
CLS AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ Coupe
$81550 / $76657
6 Cylinder Turbo
21 / 26
9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG a Safe Car?
The CLS comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control and seven airbags. Standard active safety systems include blind-spot monitoring, driver-attention monitor, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and other systems like crosswind assist and another that pretensions seatbelts and closes windows if an accident appears inevitable. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash tested the CLS-Class, but the closely related E-Class was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.
2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG vs the competition
2021 Audi A7/S7 — The
A7‘s hatchback profile has a beauty of its own. AWD is standard. Not as much power, though: 335 hp. The
S7, however, has 444 hp.
2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe — Making its debut last year, the
840i generates 335 hp and the
M850i xDrive (from about $110,000) enjoys 523 hp.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe — If anyone wanted to spend even more money on a sportier 4-door coupe from Mercedes-Benz, this model offers 577-hp and 630-hp versions from about $140,000. Or the entry-level model has the same drivetrain as the CLS 53 for about $100,000.
Used Porsche Panamera — The
Panamera range is more expensive than the CLS-Class, but a
certified pre-owned (CPO) example with a warranty is a different matter.
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