2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Nice Space Saving Trick

February 6, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

This is the transmission lever in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. It's a small stalk on the right side of the steering wheel and it does take some getting used to. Various cars from different manufacturers have tried such a setup over the years, but not many have stuck with it.

I'm glad Mercedes did stick with this setup in the CLA. It saves space in the center console, and in a small car like this that matters. Instead of a big console shifter there are two usable cupholders plus a sizable storage bin right where you need it. Feels like a good tradeoff to me.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

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