Safety, Reliability & Mileage

The CL has not been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nor is there reliability data for it. The CL550's mileage is estimated to be 15/23 mpg city/highway, and it takes premium gasoline.

CL550 in the Market

The CL550's price is enough to guarantee it a solid spot in the market. In other words, if you can afford more than $100,000 for a car that doesn't have rear doors, who cares if it's not the fastest version out there? I doubt you'll feel like you're getting ripped off by not choosing the more powerful CL600 or an AMG version. The CL550 is still a stunner.

And that's the appeal of the CL550: It's not something I judge by how well it carries groceries, handles child seats or rips around a racetrack. It's more logical to judge it by the luxury experience it provides, and in that sense the CL550 does quite well.

If your criteria include owning the most beautiful car on the block, and having it also be luxurious and comfortable, it will be hard to find something better than this.

    See also:

    Operation with an active COMAND source
    You can transfer an audio or video mode selected in COMAND to the Rear Seat Entertainment System. If you subsequently switch modes in COMAND, the new source will not be transmitted to the Re ...

    Decoupling a trailer
    WARNING Do not disconnect a trailer with an engaged overrun brake. Otherwise, your hand could become trapped between the bumper and trailer drawbar. Do not disconnect a trailer with an eng ...

    Showing/hiding the menu
    To show: press the COMAND controller. To hide: slide the COMAND controller and confirm Full screen by pressing . ...