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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the AMG CLS. But it costs extra on the CT5 V-Series.
The AMG CLS’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the AMG CLS and the CT5 V-Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 9 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.
The AMG CLS’ 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid produces 69 more horsepower (429 vs. 360) than the CT5 V-Series’ 3.0 turbo V6.
Regenerative brakes improve the AMG CLS’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The AMG CLS has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CT5 V-Series (21.1 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the AMG CLS’ brake rotors are larger than those on the CT5 V-Series:
The AMG CLS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CT5 V-Series are solid, not vented.
For better traction and acceleration, the AMG CLS has larger rear tires than the CT5 V-Series (275/35R19 vs. 245/40R19).
The AMG CLS’ standard 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CT5 V-Series’ standard 40 series tires. The AMG CLS’ optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the CT5 V-Series’ 40 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG CLS offers optional 20-inch front wheels. The CT5 V-Series’ largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The front and rear suspension of the AMG CLS uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the CT5 V-Series, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The AMG CLS has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG CLS’ height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The AMG CLS’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG CLS is 2 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than on the CT5 V-Series.
The AMG CLS has 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT5 V-Series.
With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG CLS offers cargo security. The CT5 V-Series’ non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the AMG CLS has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CT5 V-Series, the AMG CLS has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG CLS to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.
The CT5 V-Series’ optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The AMG CLS’ optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the AMG CLS to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
The AMG CLS has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the CT5 V-Series. The AMG CLS also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CT5 V-Series.
The AMG CLS offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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