November 21, 2014
My first time behind the wheel of the controversial 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 found me driving up to Willow Springs International Raceway, a distance of about 100 miles. It's mainly freeway driving and I was lucky to be going against traffic. Not only did I get to pass miles of stopped traffic going the other way, but I was free to pick my speed — carefully. This car likes to go fast. And in such a well-insulated car, you don't want the first indication of your speed to be flashing lights in your rearview mirror.
As I drove, I thought of the mixed bag of comments this Mercedes has received. I agree with those who love this engine. It's hard to believe it's just a four-cylinder. And being front-wheel drive, while it flies in the face of Mercedes tradition, doesn't detract from the fun factor. But then I began to consider what I had read about the ride quality.
November 18, 2014
I imagine this is the view that Mercedes marketers want many of its new customers to see: a downtown cityscape from behind the wheel of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250.
October 27, 2014
I like the seats in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. They're snug, supportive, very comfortable, and the leather is holding up well (as you'd hope with just less than 18,000 miles). They've performed well on road trips. They boost the luxury quotient in this bargain Benz.
October 22, 2014
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.
October 17, 2014
I hadn't driven our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 since my Redwoods Road Trip back in April, so I was interested to see if my impressions of the car had changed. Frankly, I haven't driven the CLA that much since then, as its well-documented transmission, throttle and ride issues make driving around Los Angeles a rather tiresome experience.
On the open road, however, they don't manifest themselves to the same degree. Though the drive to Palm Springs is about a sixth of what I did back in April, the CLA once again proved to be an agreeable road trip companion.
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.
July 16, 2014
Other than perhaps the itty-bitty Lotus Elise, I can't remember I car that has given me the kind of trouble I'm having with our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250.
My feet don't fit.
June 17, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is the automaker's attempt at entering a new segment in North America.
It's my contention that they have more work to do.
May 22, 2014
You would have to be driving a real crap wagon to not enjoy scenery list this. Throw our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 into the mix and it gets pleasant to the extreme.
April 21, 2014
I've been growing weary of the city. I'm tired of the traffic, the noise and the rude people. At the same time, our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 hasn't exactly been at its best in Los Angeles — ceaseless complaints about its clunky transmission in traffic, its rough ride on the city's horrific roads and sub-EPA fuel economy.
It was time for both of us to get the heck out of Dodge, or rather, escape to the towering trees, fresh air and majestic views of California's North Coast.
February 25, 2014
We've yet to take our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 on any really long road trips, like we have with our Corvette Stingray. But I have done a couple of 250-mile trips in the CLA250. Here are some thoughts on the CLA250 as a long-distance companion.
January 29, 2014
You do not buy the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA for its back seat. The legroom is acceptable, but the sloped roofline will leave you slouching. Frankly, that's OK. For many, including myself, a back seat is an occasional-use feature. The fact that it exists, and that its rear doors gain access to it, are sufficient. If you need more, buy something with headroom and the blockier styling that goes with it.
January 27, 2014
Every time I get into the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250, I'm struck by its entertainment value in normal commuter traffic.
It's not a sport sedan. Yet, its steering feels quick, and the CLA has enough grip to feel fun as you're jockeying for better position on highway entrance ramps. And the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is certainly potent enough to accommodate decisive maneuvers (258 pound-feet of torque will do that for you).
After 30 minutes in our 2014 CLA250, though, I start to get tired of it.
January 16, 2014
The seats in our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 are comfortable, well-bolstered (but forgiving) and they fit my 5-foot-8-inch frame perfectly. I haven't had the chance to get a lot of seat time in this car yet, but city traffic and some enthusiastic driving both proved to be supremely comfortable enterprises.
December 12, 2013
As the entry-level model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the CLA250 has to satisfy a wide variety of buyers. This is especially true given its price point. All too often, catering to such a broad swath of buyers leads to suspension setups that are tuned for comfort over performance. This isn't the case with the CLA.