The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a fine daily driver with a comfortable cabin for those looking to take the leap into luxury car territory, but it lacks the athletic handling of rear-wheel-drive vehicles around the same price. The CLA45 AMG is fun to drive and sounds great, though there are plenty of worthy competitors at the near-$50k mark.
Laura Burstein filed this report after her test drives of the CLA250 and CLA45 AMG around Washington.
front seat side thorax airbags, front seat side pelvic airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, mbrace2 emergency telematics, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist
Safety equipment (optional):
blind spot assist, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rear side airbags
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Mercedes-Benz CLA250 ($29,900)
air conditioning, MB Tex vinyl upholstery, eight-way power front seats with driver memory, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic wipers, cruise control, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, Mercedes Benz's COMAND interface with 5.8-inch color display, mbrace2 telematics/smartphone integration, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, AM/FM/CD audio
Options as tested (MSRP):
Multimedia Package ($2,370) with navigation, rearview camera, 7-inch high resolution display with 3D map views, real-time weather and traffic, 6CD, hard drive storage with 10GB for music, SD card slot; 18-inch wheels with high-performance tires ($500); rear decklid spoiler ($300)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
208 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
258 @ 1250-4000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
31.1 cu. ft.
McPherson struts with spring strut and wishbone
independent, with wishbones and control arms
disc/disc with ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 30, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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