The 2018 Mercedes CLS hangs on to its lissome curves; it’s V-8 only this year.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS was among the first of its kind: a four-door coupe with prodigious speed and a daring roofline.
Others such as the Audi A7 have caught up. Now the CLS is on its way out and will be replaced with another generation next year.
The outgoing CLS-Class earns a good outgoing score of 7.2 on our overall scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
When it was new in 2006, the CLS defined the so-called “four-door coupe” body style. It’s still a sedan, mind you, but one with an extravagantly styled roofline and less rear-seat space than the E-Class on which it’s based.
Today’s CLS hasn’t changed much since it was new in the 2012 model year, its second generation. Last year, it gained a 9-speed automatic. This year, the former base model has been dropped, and the lineup only includes CLS 550 sedans with either rear- or all-wheel drive, and the fearsome Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 S.