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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.

She also wasn't happy with the stiff ride and commented on feeling every bump in the road. I have to agree there. The CLA's ride is not especially smooth. She also likes having a rearview camera but thought the display in the CLA250 was very small. I know a lot of you agree on that point.

I mention these details because a lot of manufacturers expect these lower priced models to introduce younger people to the brand. But then they find seniors and empty-nesters are the actual buyers.

My friend and I will keep looking. I was going to suggest she check out the BMW X1 and Buick Verano and perhaps some of the cars on this list that Warren prepared earlier this year.

What would you suggest for an active senior who wants a fashionable ride?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


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