2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: First Impressions
September 12, 2014
We've had our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 for nearly 10 months, but for a variety of reasons — including some lackluster reviews from colleagues and commenters — I haven't driven it for myself.
Last night I decided I'd be sorry if I didn't take it out for a night before it's too late.
My Tuesday evening drive is always the same: from Santa Monica, I head east just a few miles for a Spanish class. To avoid traffic on the boulevards, I take the locals' "states" route (Arizona and Texas and Ohio streets) through West Los Angeles. There are lots of lights, stop signs, hills and dips.
The CLA250 hummed along nicely and held up its head amid the other tony cars in the neighborhood. The ride felt less harsh than highly communicative: Yes, that's the road, and yes, it's bumpy. Drive accordingly.
A couple hours later, I headed home. When it came time for a short on-ramp and a fast and decisive merge, the CLA250 was all business. I was planted in the fast lane in no time. "Whoa," I said, less as a command than as a compliment.
I didn't have a lot of time with the car — just enough to decide I'd like more.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 15,434 miles