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2020 CLS 450 Base 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe
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Price:   -  From $69,950
2020 CLS 450 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Coupe Price:   -  From $72,450
2020 AMG CLS 53 Coupe Base 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $81,200


What's New

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class returns with the same stylish performance as before and a few minimal changes across the trim levels. In addition to a few design updates like new paint, trim, and wheel options, the CLS 450 now receives a standard Parking Damage Detector that alerts owners if someone bumps their car while they're away.

Additionally, the AMG CLS 53 receives new powertrain software controls including a sportier engine start function and a “Slippery Mode” under the car’s drive modes for a safer application of power in adverse conditions.

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is available in two trims: CLS 450 and and AMG CLS 53. Pricing starts at $70,945 including destination for the CLS 450 and climbs to $82,195 for the AMG CLS 53.

Engine Choices

The CLS 450 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder, while the AMG CLS 53 receives a more powerful version of the same engine. These engines also include an electric starter generator called EQ Boost that can add an additional 21 horsepower to the drivetrain and help with smooth engine stop-start operation at traffic lights.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorque0-60 mph timeFuel Economy (Combined)
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder362 hp369 lb-ft4.8 seconds26 mpg
AMG 3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder429 hp384 lb-ft4.4 seconds23 mpg

Both engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, but the AMG version is better suited for performance applications. The Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system is also available on the CLS 450 for an extra $2,500, while all-wheel drive is standard on the AMG CLS 53.

While the engine in the CLS 450 and AMG CLS 53 are largely the same, their character is very different. The engine in the CLS 450 offers good power and smooth acceleration with balanced comfort. The CLS 450 is quick, but it emphasizes a quiet and composed ride.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The CLS-Class is a luxury cruiser, and despite Mercedes-Benz’s insistence on calling this four-door a coupe, it offers plenty of room in front and back for adults. It has a five-passenger capacity, but you'll be better offer with only two in the back seat for any lengthened period of time.

Despite its mid-size luxury size, the CLS-Class offers a pitiful 11.9 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, enough for a couple of suitcases. Rival designs like the Audi A7 offers a liftgate trunk that acts more like a hatchback for extra storage space.

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Safety Features

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class comes standard with automatic emergency braking, attention monitoring, and blind-spot monitoring, which is about the minimum required for a car in this price bracket.

The Driver Assistance Package ($2,250) bundles adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, evasive steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, and more.

The CLS-Class, like many high-end luxury cars, is too expensive for crash testing in the minds of the IIHS and NHTSA.


The CLS-Class is available with advanced technology features, including a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Car-to-X communication system that can warn you of hazards ahead of you.

However, in true Mercedes-Benz fashion, the CLS-Class is available with a dizzying array of options that will leave you and your wallet reeling. Options include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, two Burmester sound systems, wireless phone charging, driver assistance features, three-zone climate control, and a head-up display.

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CLS 450 - From $70,945

The CLS 450 is equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, and a beautiful interior that's emblematic of what Mercedes-Benz has become known for.

Should the base model not be enough for you, there is an incredible number of packages and options available. The $2,300 Premium Package adds a Burmester surround sound audio system, a 12.3-inch driver information display, satellite radio, and wireless phone charging.

We’re also particularly drawn to the $1,320 Active Multicontour Seats with massage functionality, the $550 soft-close doors, and the $1,900 air suspension.

AMG CLS 53 - From $82,195

The AMG CLS 53 comes with a bit more kit than the CLS 450, including a more powerful engine, standard all-wheel drive, AMG sport seats, the digital instrument cluster, and adaptive air suspension. The AMG variant also receives a variety of unique trim and upholstery options, including red seat belts and three variants of steering wheel.

The options list for the AMG CLS 53 is less lengthy than the base variant, as packages like the Premium Package are included largely as standard. That said, there are some interesting packages and options available that are unique to the AMG CLS 53, including the AMG Performance Exhaust System ($1,250), AMG Drive Unit ($400), and the AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package ($1,750).

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CarsDirect Tip

We've said before that nobody needs an AMG, but the AMG model can be seen as the better value in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class lineup. The $11,250 premium over the standard CLS 450 can cut down just over $3,000 once you factor in the additional standard features of the AMG CLS 53, while offering much more fun and excitement at the same time.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 362 HP / 369 ft.lbs.
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 31 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 362 HP / 369 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 31 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
21.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
11.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
196.7 "
Exterior Width
74.4 "
Exterior Height
56.3 "
Front Headroom
36.9 "
Rear Headroom
35.9 "
Front Legroom
41.9 "
Rear Legroom
35.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,134 Lbs.
Wheel Base
116 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Amg Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Monotone / Matte Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Leather / Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Adaptive
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
13 Burmester / 15 Burmester
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt Sport
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision Mitigation / Pre-safe Brake Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Active Steering Assist Hands-on Steering Assist / Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-safe Brake With Pedestrian Recognition Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Attention Assist Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intelligent Highbeam Assist Variable Distance Auto High-beam / Intelligent Light System Variable Distance Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Active Parking Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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