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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Alternative, Cheaper Navigation

August 27, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

We bought our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 with the $2,370 Multimedia package, which adds a larger COMAND display, rearview camera, six-CD/DVD changer, 10GB of digital music storage, real-time traffic and weather, and most notably, a Mercedes navigation system.

However, if all you want is the latter item without all the other stuff and the hefty price tag, there is an alternative.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Limited COMAND Audio Presets

August 22, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

In general, I like Mercedes' COMAND interface in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. I find it pretty easy to use, navigate and find what I want. But I've also realized that what's available for audio preset selection isn't so great.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Getting Gas, the Long Way

July 21, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

I neglected to refuel the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 before embarking on the final leg of our road trip, mostly because I wanted to see how long I could go before the fuel warning light turned on.

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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: Carpool Savvy Nav

May 23, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

When our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 sedan's navigation system suggested that I enter the carpool lane, I was surprised. Granted it did so with a warning about knowing whether or not I met the current local restrictions, but still. It was the first time I've ever heard a nav specifically direct me to the carpool lane.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Smart Key, Dumb Locks

May 20, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

When a car costs $35,000 and has the "Premium Package," it isn't unreasonable to expect certain things. For example, I grabbed on the door handle on our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and the door didn't open. The car was locked, but I expected it to have keyless entry since it had a smart key. Our CLA didn't have that feature, but I wondered what it would cost to add it.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Aftermarket Looks, Mercedes Performance

May 9, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

There's been quite a bit of talk about the navigation screen in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Some say it looks tacked on, like something you would get when you order up a rental car with a Garmin setup.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwoods Road Trip Wrap-Up

April 28, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

After 10 hours driving from Eureka home to Los Angeles, my 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 road trip to the Redwoods has come to an end. Along the way, I added 1,561 miles to the CLA's odometer and found that it's a far more enjoyable and comfortable car outside the congested confines of greater Los Angeles.

Here are some final notes from the trip.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Rearview Camera Blackout

April 15, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

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.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Decoding the Rearview Camera

March 31, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

These are the distance lines on the rearview camera display in our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Initially, I had no idea what they meant. White lines, red dots, yellow hash marks and full width yellow lines create an image that looks more like a football field than a parking grid. But once I decided to stop being lazy and read the manual, they became pretty helpful.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: We Found a Semi-Useful Display

March 11, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that the fuel economy of our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a hot topic. We're continually striving to improve it. Well, some of us are. I've been driving it for a few days in the default Eco mode, both the transmission setting as well as the auto stop-start functions.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Squeaking Comand Screen

November 28, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

The Comand screen started a persistent squeak within only four days and less than 400 miles into our time with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Even the tiniest bump or road imperfection causes it, which makes it hugely annoying. On the upside, it's abundantly clear the squeak is coming from the dash-mounted screen, so it should in theory be easy to tighten a screw or squirt in some WD40 or whatever has to be done to fix it. And if it were my car, I would've already thrown the keys at a service advisor and demanded my brand new car be fixed immediately.

Now, does this mean that Mercedes-Benz build quality has been shot to hell? That it has gone down in recent years? That it was never good to begin with? That this Mercedes flashy new entry model is chintzy garbage? That you'd be nuts to buy one of these instead of (INSERT CAR)?

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