August 5, 2016
Mercedes-Benz has been producing top quality vehicles since the early 1900s. “The best or nothing” has been the motto for their vehicles and for good reason. Mercedes has created a brand which sets high expectations when it comes to luxury vehicles. With high quality interiors, powerful engines and sleek design, Mercedes is second to none when providing consumers with quality luxury vehicles. After many years of producing the best high-end luxury vehicles, Mercedes decided to make a change. Their entry level vehicle used to be the C class sedan, which was the most affordable model Mercedes offered. However, with the introduction of their CLA class, Mercedes has now started targeting a different demographic. Starting at right around $30,000, the Mercedes CLA250 is the most affordable model that is offered in the US and very attractive to young working professionals that are looking for great luxury at an affordable price. Besides being affordable, the CLA250 is very fuel efficient. With a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, the CLA is able to produce 208 horsepower and get up to 38mpg on the freeway. This makes the CLA the most fuel efficient vehicle that Mercedes has to offer. By equipping the engine with a turbo, Mercedes was able to make the economical CLA as comfortable to drive as the next model up, the C300 which comes with a V6 engine. Mercedes also offers the AMG version of this model which is the CLA45 AMG. For those in need of more speed, this 375 horsepower version of the CLA does 0-60 in just 4.1 seconds. Even though the CLA is a lower class than the C class, Mercedes did not hold back when designing the car. The exterior is a sleek and modern design which has a clean and contemporary look making it look like the C300 with more curves. The interior is another reason this car is such a great choice at around $30,000. With shifter paddles which make the car more fun to drive, and an Eco Start/Stop system to turn the engine off while waiting at stop lights, drivers of the CLA can enjoy the drive while taking advantage of the economical side. The new and futuristic feel in the interior of the new CLA compares to the higher end models such as the E and S class sedans. Though the CLA is a compact sedan, the interior is beautifully designed to fit the aesthetics. Mercedes has proven that even with a lower level model, they are capable of producing a luxury vehicle that is not only more affordable, but just as impressive as their higher end models. When considering a new Mercedes, this would be a great choice for a someone looking for their first luxury vehicle as an everyday driver.