One of key reasons that small cars are popping up in luxury automakers' lineups is to help boost fleet fuel economy numbers. For Mercedes-Benz and its new 2014 CLA-Class, mission accomplished. Although Mercedes has yet to release final numbers for its new small car set to go on sale early next year, the EPA's FuelEconomy.gov website is now listing the front-wheel-drive CLA250, the range's base model, at 26 miles per gallon in the city and a commendable 38 mpg on the highway. For the moment, there's no word yet on fuel economy for the all-wheel-drive CLA250 4Matic or the sportier CLA45 AMG.

The EPA's website also reveals that the CLA will have passenger volume of 88 cubic feet as well as 13 cubic feet of trunk space. As expected from a design driven more by form rather than function, these figures are on the small side among premium small cars. Motor Trend points out that the interior space is larger only than the Lexus CT hybrid hatchback, while the cargo volume is on par with some of the smaller trunks like that of the BMW 3 Series, a class-above sedan that is actually only fractionally longer.


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      MANARC100
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not the hardware i would prefer from a German luxury car but they are going to sell like crazy. Looks great, good MPG, somewhat affordable and brand cache. Kia Optima Limited, Fusion Titanium or CLA250? This is going to take a lot of market share from the mainstream brands playing in the "lux" segment.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MANARC100
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          machwon23
          • 1 Year Ago
          I like how some people live in this delusional world thinking that when shopping for a vehicle no one would EVER compare a vehicle in one category to a vehicle in another...
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          A buyer is more likely to compare cars of a similar price than they are to compare cars of a similar size. If I can get a much better quality car at a certain price point, I might be willing to give up a little back-seat passenger legroom.
          pickles
          • 1 Year Ago
          ...doesn't matter. If someone realizes the highest end Focus is only a few grand less than a MErcedes, it competes. Period. That said, it's ghastly looking, so the Focus wins the beauty contest anyway.
          MacProMan
          • 1 Year Ago
          class schmass, the customer will still likely compare due to price and features silly guy
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      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally tried out the configurator, probably the only benz i think that looks better without the sport package. I still don\'t care for the look of it compared to the A3 sedan though.
      Austin Holloman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Went to Park Place Mercedes yesterday and put down my $1000 deposit for my white CLA 250 sport package. Sticker came out to $36k. That engine will shock the crap out of you and that gear box is outstanding. Went and tested an equally equipt IS250 F Sport and the sticker was $43k, it's slower and gets worse fuel mileage. It was raining during my second test drive of the CLA and I don't know how they've done it but zero torque steer and zero turbo lag. Before you say anything about this car, go see it in person. It looks much better than its pictures. I also tested a used C63 AMG and for everyday driving and comfort, I chose the CLA. The CLA was tested with three men in it, average of 5'11 foot tall and everyone was comfortable. Awesome little car. MB knocked this one completely out of the park.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is quite an achievement, for this level of performance. And MB has a history of fairly conservative mpg ratings.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Should run rings around the Mazda6 with similar hwy mpg.
          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @normc32
          On paper yes, except the Mazda6 is quite a bit bigger, and Mazdas with Skyactiv engines tend to do even better than their rated mpg
      Bryan Martorana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do you have it saying these cars aren't going on sale until early next year? These are already in the dealers. Right from the get go they were scheduled to hit dealers now in September.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      not bad, but I wonder if MB will be offering a diesel CLA in the US in the near future. It's a volume model and from what I understand they plan to offer diesels across the board here.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its still a front wheel drive sedan. Its no more special than a Hyundai Sonata or a Toyota Camry. If this was offered as a rear when drive car that would be impressive.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
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          torqued
          • 1 Year Ago
          FWD is inferior to RWD or AWD in all areas except cost to manufacture and perhaps fuel efficiency. But this is definitely more special than a Camry or Sonata. This car will sell very well. Most people just see the Mercedes badge. If it was a dumpy car with inferior materials, it would be a bad move for Mercedes because it would tarnish their reputation in the long run. But from what I've seen it's a nice car.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          MB has been building the A class for quite a while (1997?). Just because it wasn't offered in the US doesn't mean they don't know how to build small fwd cars. It's just GM that doesn't do small fwd well.
        chrismcfreely
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
        You are stupid.
        Fugsworth@yahoo.com
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
        Yes, just like nobody EVER buys the Audi A4.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
        Please explain the GTI, MS3, Focus & Fiesta ST.
      Kenyon
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car is hideous. The front and rear overhangs are horrible. The interior is cheap.
        bookemd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kenyon
        The interior in cheap...er because it's their least expensive model. I personally think it will sell well , but really be more of a thing to get people into the showroom.
          Ducman69
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bookemd
          I don't think that's the intention at all. I think its simple. Mercedes has to increase its fleet fuel economy, and the only way they can do that is to sell a crapload of really fuel efficient vehicles to bump up that number. And they have to sell, which is why they had to not only make it really fuel efficient, but desirable to boot. I bet this has virtually no profit margin built in, and its real purpose is to bump the numbers so that more of the lucrative higher end less fuel efficient models with massive profit margins can be sold. And of course when you get young buyers into a Mercedes and they have a good experience, they are likely to graduate to bigger and better models as they age. So IMO that's why you are getting so much bang for your buck here, they have to get a lot of these out on the roads and want to build brand loyalty with a young audience.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Impressive.
      MacProMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      can't fix ugly though, the all new Mazda6 looks better than this wannabe overstyled benz
      MiloDavis
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is the first time i've actually strongly considered looking at buying a MB.. though I still have other directions that i'm leaning more towards like the upcoming Mazda6 diesel, or the vw passat diesel, basically because both offer a 6sp true manual.. That MB doesn't offer an actual clutch manual leaves me lingering on the outside looking in... but the design of this new coupe is sexy and the front end is aggressive and makes a bold statement, it's exciting.. to many car makers have conservative, dated, and boring designs..
      CJ_313
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe these will sell very well, and will likely be Mercedes' best-seller. That being said, the design is very like-it or hate-it (Some may "love" it, but I think it'll fall more into the "like" category with most buyers, many of which will simply be buying the badge on a budget). I personally think Benz could have toned the styling down a notch and made it look less like a kids car. I understand that it's meant to cater to a younger audience, but they could have dialed up the class & elegance a bit more in the design. This just looks cheap & over-styled to me.
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