2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: City-Sized Benz
August 12, 2014
Being a compact sedan, our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a good fit for L.A.'s cramped shopping center parking spots and older, private home garages. I was curious as to just how compact it is, so I used Edmunds' "Compare New Cars" feature. Turns out that at 182.3 inches in length the Benz is just two inches longer than a Mazda 3 sedan. At 70.0 inches wide, it is 0.7 inch skinnier than the 3. In terms of curb weight, the CLA is about 260 pounds heavier than a 3 Grand Touring automatic.
Although the junior Benz's size may be ideal for the city, its stiff-legged suspension decidedly isn't. The ride over pockmarked streets (looking at you Pico) can send an occasional sharp impact into the cabin. I have to concur with Jay Kav (and other staffers) that more compliance here would be nice.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 13,186 miles