2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Rearview Camera Blackout
April 15, 2014
Rearview (or backup, if you prefer) cameras are great. Though I still use the mirrors as well, especially when parallel parking, the camera takes away a lot of the stress and allows you to park with uncanny precision. This is especially valuable here in L.A., where many parking spaces seem to be of substandard width. The system in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a fine example of the breed, with a sharp image and handy guide lines. Travis recently did a post highlighting all of its handy features.
But I still have one minor complaint. If you don't have the radio on and shift into reverse, you get a blank screen offering no assistance. Hit the infotainment's power button and it springs to life. Most of the time I have the tunes on so it's not a deal breaker. Still, it seems odd that, unlike some other cars with rearview cameras, it has that requirement.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 5,987miles