The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS gets good power from its base turbocharged V6 engine. However, the two available turbocharged V8 engines really stand out for their awesome power and robust acceleration. An automatic transmission is standard.
The CLS gets good fuel economy for the class, earning an EPA-estimated 20/30 mpg city/highway with the base engine. The CLS handles well for a large car, displaying little body roll when taking corners. Some reviewers think the ride is smooth, but others think that the suspension feels too stiff around town.
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High-end materials line the cabin of the CLS, giving it an opulent look and feel. The front seats are supportive and perfect for long drives, but the rear seats lack head- and legroom and visibility is limited thanks to the large window pillars and high windowsill height. The audio controls are complicated and sometimes require too many steps. The CLS has below-average cargo capacity for the class.
Standard features in the CLS include HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Garmin-based navigation, collision prevention (with automatic braking) and an 8-inch display screen with a central control knob. Available features include a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen audio system, Mercedes' COMAND navigation system, voice recognition, an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, cross traffic alert, pedestrian recognition, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist and a rearview camera or a surround-view camera system.