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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class parked next to a grey building

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS carries on its redefinition of the luxury sedan market with style, panache, and a whole lot of performance.

What is the Mercedes-Benz CLS?

Introduced in 2012, the Mercedes-Benz CLS is a vehicle in a class all its own. It's a midsize luxury sedan, but with a fastback style that has redefined the genre of sedan. Rivals of the Mercedes are now trying to copy its success, and a brand-new generation is set to debut in 2019, so this is a vehicle on its way up. It offers a new take on a luxury brand to buyers who are looking for something a little bit different.

Why Buy a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS?

You'll likely want the CLS first because of the fact that it's a Mercedes-Benz and second because of the way it looks. You can call the exterior of the CLS, dramatic, beautiful, distinguished, handsome, sporty, or any number of adjectives, but it's definitely a car that's hard to ignore. That sloping fastback roofline is almost exaggerated, compared to some rivals, which only adds to the allure of this fabulously desirable four-door. You'd be hard pressed to find many four-door cars at the moment that look this stunning. If looks matter to you, you'll be wooed by the CLS. Looking pretty and sporty isn't very important if your vehicle can't perform--but you won't have to worry about that with the CLS. In short, if you think the CLS looks good, wait until you get to know its impressive engines, advanced automatic transmissions, and its composed, comfortable, but rewarding driving experience. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS offers you the total luxury sedan experience without sacrificing style or swagger.

Which Mercedes-Benz CLS Should I Buy?

The list of standard features and equipment found in the 2018 CLS is like a "Who's Who" of luxury car technology, comforts, and gadgets. Standard features on all include: Mercedes' Audio 20 CD system, Bluetooth® audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, the Gracenote music database, 10 GB of hard drive music storage, the COMAND® Online infotainment system with an 8.0-inch screen, along with a wide range of advanced safety features such as Collision Prevention Assist Plus. Basically, if you want it and it's not standard, you'll probably find it on the options list along with a number of features you didn't even know you could have. You basically can't go wrong with any model. However, if performance matters to you, you might want to consider your engine options. You certainly won't be disappointed by the CLS 550, now the entry model, which boasts a stunning 4.6-liter V-6 powerplant that offers 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. through a nine-speed auto to the rear or all four wheels. If that's not enough for you though, how about an AMG®-tuned CLS 63 AMG® with 585 horsepower going to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as an alternative? This model gets the Mercedes to 60 mph from a standing start in as little as 3.5 seconds, which really is supercar-level performance.

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