Substance and style make an elegant pair in the rear-wheel-drive 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class luxury sedan, which this year receives a few updates, including a new grille, larger side mirrors, restyled taillights and rear bumper, and a revised COMAND interface. Controlled via a seven-speed automatic transmission, the CLS550's 5.5L V8 engine unleashes 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2L CLS63 AMG V8 stomps out 507 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. The CLS550 gets to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, while the AMG achieves 0-60 mph in a slim 4.3 seconds, helped along by an enhanced seven-speed automatic transmission that provides incredibly fast gear changes. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the CLS550 is 14 mpg city/21 mpg hwy, while the AMG gets 12 mpg city/18 mpg hwy. Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability control, active front head restraints and a super-supply of airbags. In addition, when sensors predict an impending collision, the sunroof closes, the seatbelts tighten and the passenger seat moves into position for optimal airbag protection.Read more Read less
The two Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 4-door "coupes" undergo modest changes for 2009. The CLS550. Bluetooth is now standard on both models. The two Designo packages and the P02 package, all offered in 2008, are no longer available. The P01 Package's contents have been reworked to include an iPod interface, a power trunk closer, xenon headlights with curve illumination, Keyless Go, a power-operated rear sunshade, and ventilated seats.
Big car in a smallish package; luxurious appointments; mountains of power and performance.
Mercedes-Benz is all about comfort, luxury, and refinement, and the 2009 CLS-Class executes all of these exceedingly well. The CLS-Class isn't a large vehicle and the word "sedan" doesn't seem to fit this smallish car with four doors, so Mercedes-Benz calls it a four-door coupe. A computer-controlled 7-speed automatic transmission is mated to a large V8 in the CLS550, while the upper-level CLS63 will please performance enthusiasts with its very powerful 6.3L V8 engine that generates 507 horsepower. The brakes, suspension, wheels, and even steering wheel are designed by AMG. The result is a very comfortable performance car.