2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
MSRP Invoice Price Destination Fee Holdback Dealer Cost
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What's New For 2018?
There used to be three trim levels, but the CLS400 has been discontinued for the model year. The 9-speed automatic transmission that is found on the CLS550 models is also new this year. The only other major change is that a standard rearview camera is now equipped on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class. More changes are on the horizon as the vehicle is due for an overhaul in 2019.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class is only available as a luxury sedan, though it is rather small and coupe-like.
There are only two trim levels now available on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class. The CLS550 and CLS550 4Matic (which is the all-wheel-drive version of this trim) are both equipped with a standard 4.7-L engine which is matched with a 9-speed automatic transmission. These models both feature chic leather upholstery in the cabin, front seats that are heated, and an 8-inch LCD touchscreen display. The higher-level trim is the AMG CLS63 S, which is powered by a strong 5.5-L V8, which is able to generate an impressive 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. This engine is matched up with a 7-speed automatic. It features larger wheels and an adaptive suspension that is AMG-tuned.
The CLS Class offers an ample amount of power from either of the massive V8 engine options. Of course, the 4.7-L that comes standard on the CLS550 models is more fuel-savvy, but the 5.5-L packs quite a punch, getting the vehicle up to highway speed with ease. The 9-speed automatic transmission provides fluid shifting and never spends time searching for gears, making the old 7-speed seem a little bit antiquated. The CLS550 models have an impeccably well-tuned standard air suspension system, and this keeps the vehicle handling every road situation with ease. Even when you switch the vehicle over into Sport mode, you will not notice a whole lot in the way of bumps and other interferences in the ride quality. Overall, both the CLS550 and AMG CLS63 S provide exciting and luxurious rides yet still manage to be practical daily drivers that are loaded with a ton of helpful driver assist features.
The CLS Class gets very modest EPA fuel ratings. At the very best, the CLS Class (thanks to the inclusion of the new 9-speed automatic transmission) gets 18 mpg city and 20 mpg highway on the CLS550 models with rear-wheel drive. On those with all-wheel drive, the numbers drop slightly to 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. As is to be expected, the AMG CLS63 S has the lowest fuel economy, coming in at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. This is better than some competitors, but as this car is only equipped with V8 engines, the CLS doesn't rank at the top of its class.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class might only be able to seat four people in its small interior, but it looks sharp and packs a ton of power into either engine configuration. Regardless of what you choose, the CLS Class is sure to be something to brag about to friends.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.