Complex Cupholders - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test
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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Complex Cupholders

April 29, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

When cupholders do their job, you'll never give them a second thought. But perhaps too much thought was given when Mercedes-Benz designed the cupholders on our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG. They are needlessly complex and aren't very good at holding anything larger than a can of soda.

The cupholders are hidden in the center console until you need them. Using them requires a two-step process (three if you want a second cupholder). When you flip it into position, the cupholder appears on the right, as if it belonged to the passenger. There's a tall (small if you're not versed in Starbucks jargon) iced coffee in the above photo. Opting for the Venti (large) would've been a risky proposition.

When you're done with your beverage of choice, there's a four-step process to put them away (five if you've used the second cupholder).

Take a look at this video to see the cupholders in action:

This may not be the worst cupholder ever (our long-term Miata might take the cake on that), but I'd venture to say that the CL65 may have one of the most complex.

Can you name any other cars with complex cupholders?

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 62,714 miles

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