Slick-looking luxury, fun and safety
By Charles Sutnick on
Vehicle2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)
ReviewMy 2009 CLS550 is a step down from my 2007 S550. But not by much. Same engine, same transmission, same COMAND system functions, same Harmon- Kardon logic 7 sound system (2 fewer speakers than the S550). Superb performance which you can customize six different ways" choice of Sport or Comfort transmission shifting, coupled with Comfort, Sport 1, or Sport 2 suspension and body control. You can also downshift the 7-speed transmission using the gear shift knob if you want. Navigation improvements for '09 include gasoline brand logos instead of the old pump logo. The iPod interface is now standard, The LED rear turn signals are eye catching. Rear headroom stinks.
Best FeaturesThree Airmatic II suspension choices. Excellent drive train. Navigation system allows destination input while the car is moving.
Worst FeaturesOffer some features available on other Mercedes models such as eye glass holder, folding outside mirrors, and pneumatic door closers. A calendar feature with reminders (like Lexus) would be nice.
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