Buyer's Guide

2022 Mercedes-Benz Cls-class
Select a Different Model (1 Available): CLS450 4MATIC Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 22 / 29 mpg
Horsepower 362@5,500
Torque 369@1,600
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2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Beautiful interior details
  • Powerful I-6 engine

Cons

  • Not as practical as the A7
  • Poor ride quality

Don't worry, CLS fans, the slinky four-door enters 2022 with only minor visual updates. After last year's new tech additions, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class rolls forward with a few changes you'll feel and experience inside and out.

What's New

  • Updated front styling, with a bolder front fascia
  • Front grille design tweaks
  • New steering wheel capacitive controls
  • Two new wheel designs
  • Two new wood trim options
  • Two new interior color combinations

The 2022 CLS Grille's Fun Easter Egg

One of the biggest differences in the subtly updated 2022 Mercedes CLS is the grille. Your eyes don't deceive you; behind the giant three-pointed star in the center of the grille are a number of tiny three-pointed stars providing the brightwork most expect when they consider a coupelike luxury four-door that starts above $70,000.

This treatment is a fun evolution beyond the existing chrome diamond-block grilles we've seen on some Mercedes cars for years. It's also reminiscent of the way Lincoln grilles now echo the Lincoln badge.

What About the CLS' Interior?

There's no easy way to say this, but we tend to prefer the Audi A7 inside and out over the CLS, for its design and interior functionality. Even so, we respect that Mercedes is again updating the CLS. For 2022, the steering wheel gets touch-sensitive buttons like we've seen on other Mercedes cars. The look is more futuristic, but the controls may take a minute to get used to.

Below the two 12.3-inch screens—one for infotainment and the other serving as an instrument cluster—the 2022 CLS now offers two new trim options: Open Pore Brown Walnut and High-Gloss Grey Wood. And there are two new interior color combos, too: Neva Grey/Magma Grey and Sienna Brown/Black.

Power, Torque, and One Dynamic Issue

The 2022 CLS uses the same 362-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged mild hybrid I-6 as before, again mated to a nine-speed automatic. What's changed is that the RWD model is gone. Now, just like the Audi A7, the CLS450 is an AWD-only model. The CLS450 4Matic, which has 369 lb-ft of torque, reached 60 mph in 4.9 seconds in a previous test.

I Want It! What's the 2022 CLS' Release Date?

The 2022 CLS450 4Matic will go on sale in the U.S. early in the 2022 calendar year. Expect pricing to start around $75,000, which would be about $1,000 above the AWD-equipped 2021 CLS450 model.

Key Competitors:

  • Audi A7
  • BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2022 MERCEDES-BENZ CLS-CLASS SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 6-Cyl Turbo 3.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9G-TRONIC 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
CLS450 4MATIC Sedan
Class
Premium Performance Car
Horsepower
362@5,500
Standard MPG
22/29
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
50,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
48
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
50,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated