2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Integrated Headrests

October 27, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

I like the seats in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. They're snug, supportive, very comfortable, and the leather is holding up well (as you'd hope with just less than 18,000 miles). They've performed well on road trips. They boost the luxury quotient in this bargain Benz.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Subtle Mood Lighting

October 23, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Mood lighting is becoming increasingly ubiquitous throughout the car world. From little blue lights that shine down in Acuras to the infinite palette sampled by the 2015 Ford Mustang's gauges, lighting has become an easy way to add some distinction and/or a classy touch to a car's cabin.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Notes for Seniors

October 22, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

I went to dinner with a friend of mine who is in her 70s. She's a very fashionable French lady and is interested in getting a new car. She currently drives a Nissan Murano that she used for her business, but she doesn't need something that large anymore. She would like something smaller and easier to park.

I thought she would like the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 so I picked her up in our long-termer. I find getting in and out of our Mercedes very easy for me as a short person. She is about my height but found it too low and a little difficult, especially compared to her Murano.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Low Tire Pressure Warning

October 7, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Last week I walked down to our office parking garage and jumped in our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 only to be greeted by a low tire pressure warning light.

That little illuminated yellow "U" with the exclamation point in its center is not exactly what you want to see after a long hard day. After a few curse words, questions started running through my mind.

"Does this car really have a flat tire?"

"Which tire is it?"

"Do I have a tire gauge?"

"Who invented liquid soap and why?"

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Difficult Child Seat Install

September 26, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Last weekend I installed two Britax child seats in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. The car's lower (LATCH, ISOFIX) anchors are exposed so that part was easy and secure. However, the top tether, which is located behind the rear headrests, was more difficult.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: First Aid Kit

September 17, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 has a first aid kit that resides in its trunk. Though you'll not be setting up a roadside triage center with this kit, it's reasonably comprehensive and includes 10 normal-sized band aids, four extra-large band aids, 8 gauze pads and a whole lot more, including scissors.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Intimate or Cramped Interior?

August 20, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is pretty small compared to most other cars on the road. For the interior, that translates into a seating environment that could be described as either cramped or intimate depending on your viewpoint.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Child Seat Won't Fit

July 28, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Our child safety seat will not fit in the back of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. This is a rare problem. In fact, our Cadillac ATS was the only other long-term vehicle that shared this flaw. Here's why it doesn't work...

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Cramped Pedal Box

July 16, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Other than perhaps the itty-bitty Lotus Elise, I can't remember I car that has given me the kind of trouble I'm having with our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250.

My feet don't fit.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Accommodating Center Console

June 25, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

To those used to older Benzes with their floor-mounted gear selectors, Mercedes' new age column-mounted shifter as seen on our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 may seem really weird. And indeed, with its push-the-end-button to engage park operation, it can seem even more so at first. But it doesn't take long to get used to it and there is a benefit that most folks will likely appreciate on a daily basis.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Post Road Trip Notes

May 22, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

You would have to be driving a real crap wagon to not enjoy scenery list this. Throw our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 into the mix and it gets pleasant to the extreme.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Stop the Auto Stop-Start

April 18, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Automatic stop-start technology in cars is a divisive issue. On the one hand, it's a not-unpleasant experience to sit at a long red light with the engine off, enjoying a bit of quiet time. On the other hand, we've strived for years to make sure we DON'T stall out in traffic and having a car do that intentionally is really, really annoying.

Especially on my commute.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: The Case for MBTex

March 26, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

My mother was recently shopping for a new compact crossover and briefly considered the Mercedes-Benz GLK350. When finding out that leather was not standard, she was dismayed. Even when I presented the argument for the standard MBTex premium vinyl upholstery I'm about to share with you, there was simply no way around the notion that luxury cars must have leather and it must be standard. It's a notion that's certainly prevalent, but not one to which I adhere.

Nevertheless, here is my case for MBTex found in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 long-term car and many other Mercedes models.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Does this Climate Control Button Mean Anything?

March 10, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

I wonder why nobody has said anything yet about the recirculation button in our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Do you see it? Click to the next page to see what I mean.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Booster and Child Safety Seats

February 21, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

If you're thinking about purchasing a small entry-level luxury sedan like a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, I'd guess that a family-friendly back seat isn't one of your priorities. Still, there are times when a CLA might have to be used to transport young children. Here are some observations about installing child safety seats in our long-term CLA250's back seat.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Not Much Headroom in Back

February 19, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

You didn't think Mercedes could get away with a roofline like the 2014 CLA250's and not have a downside did ya? Well, here's what you have to live with in the back seat. Not much headroom and a tight squeeze to get in thanks to the small door openings.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Tight Pedal Box

February 13, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Generally speaking, there are two types of drivers: those who pick their foot up to transfer from gas to brake, and those who pivot off of their heel to get from pedal to pedal.

I fall into the latter category and happen to wear a size 12. This isn't ideal with the CLA.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Perfect Steering Wheel

February 7, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

You can't underestimate the importance of a car's steering wheel. After all, you're in constant contact with this vital piece of equipment. And the wheel in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 looks and feels just right for me.

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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.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Standard Memory Front Seats

January 30, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Although we bought our 2014 Mercedes CLA with the Premium and Multimedia packages, it certainly wasn't necessary. Despite what you might expect, the base CLA250 comes reasonably well-equipped. One of the highlights is the standard eight-way power front seats with three memory settings.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: No Rear Center Armrest

January 29, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

You do not buy the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA for its back seat. The legroom is acceptable, but the sloped roofline will leave you slouching. Frankly, that's OK. For many, including myself, a back seat is an occasional-use feature. The fact that it exists, and that its rear doors gain access to it, are sufficient. If you need more, buy something with headroom and the blockier styling that goes with it.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: New Mercedes Cruise Control

January 20, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Back in June, I praised the cruise controls in our departed Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster. I appreciated the stalk's location above the turn signal, but clearly I was in the minority since this long-standing Mercedes set-up has been changed from the M-Class onward. This includes our long-term 2014 Mercedes CLA250.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Nice Air Vents

December 09, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

I don't usually wax on about air vents, but the ones in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 are noteworthy. There are five of them, and the three in the middle are just about the most prominent feature of the cabin aside from the stand-up navi screen.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Interior Tour

November 19, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Here is a video tour of our new long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 interior. Please ignore my sweat socks.

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