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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

With more than a year separating my test week with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 from its debutante ball at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, I had the advantage of a mountain of data and diatribes with which to inform my initial opinion. Conversations with colleagues and coworkers netted splintered ideas about the CLA's driving demeanor; reading hundreds of comments posted on Autoblog articles revealed a popular divide about everything from exterior styling to the execution of its navigation screen. While commentary from the public and pundits alike has spun in a circle over the front-driver... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.0L I4
Power:
208 HP / 258 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed DCT
Base Price:
$29,900
As-Tested Price:
$43,245
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    Frankfurt: Mercedes-Benz CLA gets personal
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    With a starting price of under $30,000 in the US, one might be wondering how Mercedes-Benz plans to eke out a profit on its new entry-level CLA-Class. The answer, as with most other German offerings, will almost certainly be found on its long options list. And while there will be typical creature comforts like moonroofs and uprated stereos on the list, ...

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    Frankfurt: Mercedes CLA45 AMG Racing is ready for a spot on the grid
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    Mercedes-Benz trotted out its CLA45 AMG-based racer at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. We first showed you the sedan in the deluge of news and reveals that precedes most good auto shows, and were blown away by the car, formally known as the CLA45 AMG Racing Series. We were strolling by the Mercedes stand, and figured we'd pop in and take a look at the new ...

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    Official: Mercedes bringing hot new CLA variants to Frankfurt
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    On any given weekend, you can expect to see the Three-Pointed Star racing somewhere. It could be in Formula One, DTM, V8 Supercars or any of the myriad sportscar racing series where customer teams compete in the SLS AMG GT3. But now it looks like Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to add one more. This time, it's based on one of its newest and smallest models: ...

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    New York: 2014 Mercedes CLA45 AMG brings world's most powerful four-cylinder to US [w/video]
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    Remember when 100 horsepower per liter of displacement was a huge feat of automotive engineering? That sort of power density was the preserve of high-strung motorsports powerplants and a handful of street engines not long ago. Well, today Mercedes has introduced its 2014 CLA45 AMG, and it cranks out an astounding 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of ...

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    Mercedes CLA45 AMG images leak ahead of Big Apple debut
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    It's not terribly difficult to imagine what the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG will look like, or what it will perform like, for that matter. Take the basic recipe that is the recently introduced A45 AMG, throw in a swoopy and devastatingly attractive coupe-like sedan shell, mix and serve. Under the CLA45 AMG's stylish hood will sit a 2.0-liter turbocharged ...

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    Confirmed: Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG coming to the New York Auto Show
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    Mercedes-Benz showed off the CLA45 AMG at a private event on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, but was determined not to let it be photographed. We can talk about it, though – after all, a teaser image was released to promote the new Sony game Drive Club. The CLA45 AMG will use the same powertrain as the A45 AMG, which means a 2.0-liter turbocharged ...

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    2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class will be the world's most aerodynamic series production vehicle
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    It may not look it, but the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is aerodynamic as all get out. How slippery is it? Well, the compact sedan has a drag coefficient of 0.23, which will make it the world's most aerodynamic series production car when it goes on sale in the US this September. By comparison, the most recent body update for the Toyota Prius cut the drag ...

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    Detroit: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is dressed to impress
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    The main focus of Mercedes-Benz's presence here at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show will be the fully redesigned 2014 E-Class (and its too-hot AMG counterpart), but the German automaker did bring along another tasty little morsel for a sneak preview. Meet the new 2014 CLA-Class – a swoopy compact sedan based on the already successful new A-Class hatchback ...

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    Official: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is an entry-level "style rebel"
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    "Style rebel." Not a term we've often heard before in the presence of a Merc, but exactly the phrase that Mercedes-Benz is using to describe its new entry-level four-door coupe sedan, the CLA. The swoopy new compact you see here is making its first appearance on the eve of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, though it will officially debut to the public during ...

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    Report: Mercedes-Benz CLA is official name of small four-door coupe debuting in Beijing
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    We will now know the "baby CLS" – the small four-door "coupe" built on the MFA platform supporting the Mercedes-Benz A-Class (pictured above) and B-Class – as the CLA. It will debut at April's Beijing Motor Show, and it's just one of the five variants that Mercedes has planned for its MFA underpinnings. When it hits the streets in 2013, ...

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