2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Road Tripping and Fuel Economy
September 25, 2014
I drove our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 almost 900 miles round trip this week from Southern California to Palo Alto and back. Took the long way up the 101 instead of tolerating the inane behavior on the 5 freeway.
The CLA is a solid road trip companion. Mostly.
Out on the open road you're able to largely avoid both of the Benz's two biggest downsides: a busy ride and confused transmission. Most of California highways — once you escape major metro areas, that is — are smooth and well maintained. And the 7-speed's tendency to have absolutely no idea what its driver is trying to achieve is less important when throttle position remains constant for hours on end.
Also, the little sedan earned 37.2 mpg on one tank. The EPA rates it at 38 mpg on the highway.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor