2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Is a No-Go for Families


The all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan, which starts at $30,825 including a $925 destination fee, piqued my interest as a budget-conscious parent. The automaker isn't marketing this compact sedan to families, but I couldn't help but think about how it could be a great fit for my family of three. We don't lug around a double-stroller; we're past the rear-facing child-safety-seat stage, and come on, it couldn't be that much of a stretch if it has four doors, right?

I had such high hopes for the 2014 CLA250, but after a weeklong test drive, I was forced to concede that it just doesn't work for families with small children.

By Carrie Kim | December 12, 2013 | Comments (5)

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Video

The new-for-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class may be a small crossover, but it packs a lot of luxury, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. We got a closer look at the smallest crossover in Mercedes' lineup during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. 

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Outside, Mays says the compact blends the curves of Mercedes' sedans with the blocky silhouette of its GLK compact crossover. Inside, there's plenty of eye candy to keep the cabin interesting. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Car Seat Check


Mercedes-Benz's all-new 2014 CLA250 is an entry-level compact sedan that the automaker hopes appeals to younger buyers. Judging by its sales, it's definitely appealing to lots of car shoppers; in October the CLA250 averaged just eight days on dealership lots. If any of those buyers have children in child-safety seats, however, they're in for some problems. Our Britax Roundabout convertible's tether hook didn't fit in the CLA's tether anchor. This earned the CLA an F in forward-facing convertible fit.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Newman | November 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Explaining the Trim Levels


The CLA is the Budget Benz, a compact sedan with a base price less than $31,000 (including destination) and — "Holy Gottlieb Daimler, Batman!" — front-wheel drive.

Initially, this new sedan is available as the front-drive CLA250. An all-wheel-drive performance model, the CLA45 AMG 4Matic, should arrive in November. A 4Matic version of the CLA250 is due in early 2014.

Despite its position at the bottom of the Mercedes-Benz ladder, the CLA is slightly longer than the C-Class, but its snub-nosed front and more curvaceous styling (patterned after the CLS) make it look smaller.

Read the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review

There is only one trim level for both the CLA250 and CLA45 AMG. The company doesn't routinely use that approach for its cars. Instead, most equipment changes occur as options or option packages. Prices listed here include a $925 destination charge.

By Rick Popely | November 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Video

It's pretty. It's practical. And it performs. But according to Cars.com reviewer David Thomas' calculations, when it comes to Mercedes-Benz's new entry-level luxury sedan, the 2014 CLA-Class, the most important "p" word is "price." Starting at $30,825, including destination charge, Thomas is confident that buyers will be more than satisfied with the ample output of the CLA's 208-horsepower four-cylinder engine, its sophisticated interior style and its fuel economy, while willing to overlook a stiff ride.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Cars.com Review

Super Bowl Ad Announces Price of 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | Comments (4)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan returns to the top of the heap for its third week in a row, landing at No. 1 on our list of most-read reviews. The only other movement of note on this week’s list came courtesy of debuts from the 2013 Volkswagen Passat sedan and 2013 Fiat 500e electric car. They could only muster Nos. 8 and 10, respectively, but rest assured, the Passat did so without offending anyone with its tastefully un-showy style and the 500e with zero emissions. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2. 2014 Subaru Forester

3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
4. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4

6. 2014 Mazda3

7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

8. 2013 Volkswagen Passat

9. 2013 BMW 328i

10. 2013 Fiat 500e
By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


After making No. 1 its "entry level" on our list of most-read reviews last week, Mercedes-Benz's new entry-level luxury sedan, the 2014 CLA-Class, returns to the top spot this week. The CLA-Class' encore is followed by two 2014 debuts in the Mazda3 compact car and Kia Soul hatchback, bowing at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Meanwhile, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover rejoins the list at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2. 2014 Mazda3
3. 2014 Kia Soul
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
6. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
7. 2013 Toyota RAV4
8. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

9. 2013 BMW 328i
10. 2014 Nissan Versa Note

Editor's note: This post was updated on Oct. 14 with the correct photo of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

By Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Mercedes-Benz's new entry-level luxury sedan debuted in the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-read reviews. The 2014 CLA Class, which Cars.com reviewer David Thomas describes as sleek-of-style yet rough-of-ride, managed to nudge the 2014 Jeep Cherokee out of the top spot, which the all-new SUV had been guarding closely for several weeks running. Other popular debuts this week came courtesy of the 2014 Nissan Versa Note (No. 4), the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel (No. 8) and the 2013 Volkswagen CC (No. 10). Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2014 Nissan Versa Note
5. 2013 BMW 328i
6. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
7. 2013 Toyota RAV4
8. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

9. 2014 Ford Taurus
10. 2013 Volkswagen CC

By Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

September's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars


Sex sells and Mercedes-Benz's curvaceous attempt at an entry-level car has people buying.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 took the top spot on our Movers list for September, selling on average in just three days, a remarkable number. Mercedes reported on Tuesday that in a single week of sales in September the company sold 2,310 units of the CLA-Class. If the company keeps up that pace of sales, the CLA would be its best-selling model in October. You can read our review of the new sedan here.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2013

Redesigned and all-new models are typical entries on the Movers list, and the redesigned Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 make appearances. But 2014 versions of tried-and-true nameplates such as the Honda Accord and Subaru Forester also appear on the list.

By David Thomas | October 4, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class


Mercedes-Benz's new compact sedan will certainly turn heads and help loosen shoppers' wallets, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas, but looks only go so far. The CLA's stunning styling and decent performance are wins, but pricey options and an uncomfortably rough ride disappoint.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review

By Jennifer Geiger | October 1, 2013 | Comments (17)

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