Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Maserati GranTurismo VS 2014 Mercedes CL-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Maserati GranTurismo

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2014 Mercedes CL-Class

Safety Comparison

Both the GranTurismo and the CL-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the GranTurismo gets better fuel mileage than the CL600 or CL65 (13 city/21 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The GranTurismo stops much shorter than the CL-Class:



80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

217 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

126 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the GranTurismo has larger rear tires than the CL-Class (295/35R20 vs. 255/45R18). The GranTurismo’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the CL-Class (295/35R20 vs. 275/40R19).

The GranTurismo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CL-Class’ standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GranTurismo has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the CL-Class.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The GranTurismo’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.5% to 51.5%) than the CL-Class’ (56% to 44%). This gives the GranTurismo more stable handling and braking.

The GranTurismo handles at .95 G’s, while the CL550 4MATIC pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The GranTurismo goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.4 MPH faster than the CL550 4MATIC (71 vs. 66.6 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the GranTurismo’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the CL-Class’ (35.1 feet vs. 38.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Maserati GranTurismo may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 800 pounds less than the Mercedes CL-Class.

The GranTurismo is 6.4 inches shorter than the CL-Class 550/600, making the GranTurismo easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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