2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Ratings
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Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
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Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Not Rated
Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

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Best Midsize Premium Car of 2012

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#4 Mercedes-Benz CLS

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS after 90-days of ownership.
  • Sound of the engine/exhaust
  • Comfort of the driver's seat
  • Vehicle's handling on curves

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Ease of getting in and out of the vehicle
  • The vehicle's navigation system
  • Smoothness of vehicle's ride

Performance Specs

MPG City

16 - 17




402 - 550


7 speed, Automatic


Gas V8


All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Review

Visionary design meets fearless engineering in the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class. From its commanding front seductive silhouette and powerful rear end the new CLS class is style and grace in motion. Under the sleek hood lies a 4.6L Biturbo V8 Engine. The Electromechanical Direct-Steer System allows for faster response and easier maneuvering. Inside you’ll find a luxurious yet sport minded cabin in supple leather and hand-polished wood. The COMAND system brings technology to the forefront with a convenient central controller and high-resolution LCD screen. The Harman/kardon surround sound awakens the ear. The CLS Class is a protective showcase of Mercedes-Benz safety firsts. Adaptive braking technology 12-way air bag protection Active Blind Sport Assist and Electronic Stability will have you feeling safe behind the wheel. The all-new 2012 CLS Class. It’s here to indulge.

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