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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450: Fast and fashionable

Benz's new third-generation CLS450 4Matic delivers big style and performance.

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Jon Wong
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The new CLS is without question a looker with a steeply raked roofline, but the rest of the sheetmetal is cleaner and more mature than its predecessor. 

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The only weak point to the outside design is the rear end that looks soft compared to the sharp front mug. 

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Like most of the exterior, the interior of the CLS is gorgeous two tones of stitched brown leather and open pore wood trim. 

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Quality levels inside are truly impressive with even the door panel pockets lined with fabric. 

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The front seats feature deep bolstering and heated massage functions to make them the best seats in the house.

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Handling infotainment inside the CLS is the latest iteration of the COMAND system that's responsive and intuitive to operate. 

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COMAND controls a 25-speaker Burmester audio setup, navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot and is capable of running both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Powering the CLS450 is a mild hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine making 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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The engine combines with a 48-volt alternator and electric motor that provides an additional 21 horses and 184 pound-feet that helps get the car moving off the line and power accessories when stopped. 

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS450 starts at $70,195, including $995 for destination. Getting one equipped with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system bumps the base price to $72,695.

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