2020 Mercedes AMG CLS vs. 2020 Cadillac CT6-V

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Safety

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The AMG CLS offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CT6-V only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 CT6-V doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG CLS and the CT6-V 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

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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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the AMG CLS 53 gets better fuel mileage than the CT6-V (21 city/27 hwy vs. 14 city/25 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the AMG CLS’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CT6-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The AMG CLS has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CT6-V (21.1 vs. 19.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG CLS higher (6 out of 10) than the Cadillac CT6-V (3 to 5). This means the AMG CLS produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the CT6-V every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the AMG CLS has larger rear tires than the CT6-V (275/35R19 vs. 245/40R20).

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 CT6-V’s 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 CT6-V’s 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG CLS can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The CT6-V doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the AMG CLS uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the CT6-V, 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 CT6-V 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 CT6-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG CLS is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than on the CT6-V.

Chassis

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The AMG CLS is 6.7 inches shorter than the CT6-V, making the AMG CLS easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG CLS’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The CT6-V doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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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 CT6-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

The CT6-V’s 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.

On extremely cold winter days, the AMG CLS’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The CT6-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 CT6-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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