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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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The newly redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has transformed it from a more practical and elegant vehicle to one that is noticeably sporty with a bit more aggression. Designed for the affluent who want both performance and sophistication, while also adding plenty of luxury, this could tick all of your boxes for your new car desires.

Key Features

A 4.7-liter V8 engine ensures plenty of power for passing or just cruising along. Precise steering and improved cornering all make the CLS a dream to drive. The addition of the Electromechanical Direct Steer System, which draws energy only when the driver is steering, also delivers precision steering that is always responsive. There is also a High Beam Assist option that automatically lowers the headlights and range when an oncoming car is detected, helping to eliminate blinding other drivers that are on the road with you.

Changes for 2012

With its new design, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class features a more powerful engine, improved handling and a smoother ride. Several tech upgrades were also added to further increase drivability and luxury.

What We Like

The overall redesign has made the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class a true leader in its class. The impeccable interior, loads of tech features and ergonomic comfort make this sedan the perfect option for those driving around the city or taking long road trips. We also think the addition of the active seats, which inflate when under heavy cornering, is a nice touch. The fact that it has plenty of power as well just makes this car even more enticing for discerning drivers.

What Concerns Us

While the performance, handling and luxury are all appreciated, buyers need to know that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class comes at a high sticker price. Additionally, some of the standard features found on other cars in this price range, such as rearview cameras and blind spot monitors, are available at an additional cost.

Available Models

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is available with only one engine:

  • 4.7-Liter V8 Twin Turbo
  • 402 horsepower @ 5,000-5,750 rpm
  • 443 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,750 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 17/26 mpg

Major Recalls

There have been no major recalls issued for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

Common Issues

There are no common complaints reported for this vehicle. One that has been reported is due to the tires failing and/or requiring replacement at around 14,000 miles.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2012 Interior


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