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Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.0
Safety: N/A
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, which holds a middle spot in our rankings, costs more than most higher-ranking rivals that have roomier back seats, more user-friendly tech features, and better total cost of ownership scores.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Poised handling
  • Powerful engines
  • Luxurious cabin

 

 

  • Cramped rear-seat headroom
  • Cumbersome infotainment system

 

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Overview

Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 CLS-Class is a good car. It has powerful engines that pair well with its comfortable yet athletic handling. The CLS-Class earns a great predicted reliability rating and has a luxurious cabin loaded with features. However, its infotainment system is a bit difficult to use, and the rear seats have little headroom.

Used 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Performance and Interior

The CLS-Class matches ride comfort and athleticism nicely. There are three twin-turbocharged engines available: a 3.0-liter V6, a 4.6-liter V8, and a 5.5-liter V8. The V6 has plenty of punch to satisfy most drivers, while the V8s are especially potent. An automatic transmission is standard, and an automated manual is available. With the base V6, the CLS gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That's typical for a luxury large car. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive (which Mercedes calls 4Matic) is available. The CLS-Class grips the road and takes corners with ease, without sacrificing ride comfort. Models equipped with the available AirMatic suspension are especially smooth over rough roads.

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As you might expect from a car sporting a Mercedes badge on the grill, the CLS-Class has an elegant interior fitted with top-quality materials. The front seats, which are power-adjustable and heated, have plenty of support to keep you comfortable on long trips. Some models have ventilated and massaging front seats. Unlike many rivals, the CLS-Class, which is styled to look like a coupe, only has two seats in the back instead of three. Tall adults may wish for more headroom if they sit in the back. There are full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the CLS-Class' rear seats.

Numerous features come standard in the base CLS400, including the COMAND infotainment system, which has an 8-inch screen, a console-mounted control knob, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. Higher trims, like the CLS550 and CLS63 AMG S, may also have a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, or voice recognition. The COMAND system is not very user-friendly. Frequently used settings for audio or navigation require multiple twists and clicks of the control knob. It's also difficult to connect your smartphone to the system via Bluetooth.

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Used 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Prices

Prices for the 2015 CLS-Class range from around $47,000 for the base CLS400 up to around $78,000 for the CLS63 AMG S performance model. Pricing is dependent upon vehicle mileage, condition, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Reviews Analyzed

We compiled and analyzed 24 published professional reviews to give you a sense of the CLS-Class' pros and cons. We also added safety, reliability, and fuel economy data to help you decide if the CLS-Class is the right used sedan for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class?

The CLS-Class earns a predicted reliability rating of four out of five. That's above average compared to other large cars – and to all other vehicles on the market.

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How Safe Is the CLS-Class?

Like many luxury vehicles, the CLS-Class was not crash tested. All CLS models come with driver drowsiness monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Some models may also have active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, active park assist, a rearview camera, or a surround-view camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used CLS-Class?

The 2015 CLS-Class is part of the generation that launched in the 2012 model year and includes the current 2017 model. There are some differences between the model years, so choose the one that best fits your needs. For 2015, the CLS-Class received some styling updates, and the CLS400 trim was added as a new base model. The CLS63 AMG S was a new trim for the 2014 model year.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Is Right for Me?

The majority of buyers should stick with the base CLS400, since its V6 has plenty of power and there are numerous features to enjoy. Stepping up to the CLS550 gets you a punchy V8 along with voice recognition, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a Harman Kardon audio system, and an air suspension. The performance CLS63 AMG S has a monstrous V8, a sport-tuned suspension, and sport front seats with additional side bolstering.

Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty is expired, you’ll just receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class or 2015 Porsche Panamera?

The 2015 Porsche Panamera starts at around $10,000 higher than the base CLS400, but for the extra cost you'll get a much nicer car. The Panamera feels like a sports car from behind the wheel, with potent engines and planted cornering. Inside, the Panamera has an exceptionally luxurious cabin that doesn't sacrifice back-seat passenger space like the CLS. Unlike the Mercedes COMAND infotainment system's control knob, the Panamera's infotainment system has separate buttons for each setting. Some drivers may find this more intuitive to use than sifting through menus. The Panamera has a higher predicted reliability score.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class or 2015 Audi A7?

The 2015 Audi A7 shares the CLS-Class’ coupe-like body style – but it has some of its shortcomings as well. Both models have limited rear-seat headroom, though the A7 can accommodate three passengers in the back instead of the CLS-Class’ two. The A7 also offers significantly more cargo room, owing to its hatchback design. Both cars have similar performance and interiors, and they earn the same predicted reliability score.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class or 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Not only does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class have a lower price than the CLS-Class, it's a better car to live with. The E-Class' main selling point is its interior space. There's plenty of room for passengers in the back seats of the sedan and wagon body styles. The E-Class bests the CLS-Class' reliability rating as well. Buy the E-Class wagon if you need room for cargo. 

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