By KBB.com Editors
To most consumers, touting its four-door masterpiece as a "coupe" makes little sense, but one cannot argue with the sheer beauty that is the newly improved 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS. With its stunningly sleek profile and lavish four-passenger interior, the CLS is clearly not your run-of-the-mill luxury sedan; it's a car equally adept at satisfying both the driver's senses and ego. The CLS' head-turning good looks are backed by two engine choices, including a supercharged AMG creation capable of generating an eye-popping 507 horsepower. For the well-to-do who seek a vehicle as dynamic as it is expensive, the Mercedes-Benz CLS ranks among a select few that can truly be called "exclusive."You'll Like This Car If...
If you're a fan of the brand but find the three-pointed emblem has become somewhat commonplace in your neighborhood, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS will let you drive a mostly practical Mercedes-Benz sedan while still making a fashion statement.You May Not Like This Car If...
Compared with its close sibling the E550, the CLS-Class' significant price premium doesn't buy much more than unique styling and greatly reduced rear-seat accommodations.What's New for 2009
The CLS receives a slight freshening for 2009, with a new grille and rear exhaust outlets, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and integrated side mirror turn signals. There is also a new central display operating the CD stacker and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, providing voice control for the audio and phone.Driving It Driving Impressions
Whether it's the car's lower stance, smaller windows or more defined cockpit, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS feels sportier than the E-Class on which it is based even before you start the engine. Once called upon, the 5.5-liter V8 provides plenty of silky power throughout its range and the sophisticated seven-speed transmission is just as smooth. Not surprisingly, the CLS550 is both powerful and comfortable on the open highway. And, when a winding mountain road is part of the journey, the adjustable air suspension lets you dial in just enough stiffness to encourage a little coupe-like driving.Favorite Features
Adaptive Cruise Control
Mercedes' Distronic cruise control uses radar to maintain a driver-variable distance from the car ahead.
Lets you open a locked door and start the car without ever having to remove the SmartKey from your pocket or purse.