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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan CLA250 FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD CLA250 26 38 $27,807 $29,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLA250 24 32 $29,667 $31,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC CLA45 AMG 23 31 $44,129 $47,450
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
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Invoice Price
$27,807
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,900
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$498 / month
$455 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line A scaled-down CLS with turbocharged performance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA proves the car world is shrinking--even at the luxury level. The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 26 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 38 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars Small Station Wagons
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 35.4 36.900
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.2 52.800
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 39.300
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56 54.400
Second Leg Room (in) 27.1 34.800
Front Leg Room (in) 40.2 41.200
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
Second Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 89.000
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.9 60.300
Length, Overall (in) 182.3 169.000
Height, Overall (in) 56.6 56.000
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.8 59.300
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 101.500
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70 78.500
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in) - 4.300
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 39.000
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 19.500
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 12.300 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 11.000 x - TBD -
Brake Type - Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.500
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36 35.100
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 16.200
Tires
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code R02 NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/45HR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code R02 NA
Front Tire Size P225/45HR17 P225/45R17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3262 3219
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 115 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 2.0 L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 208 @ 5500 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Gasoline Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 258 @ 1250 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 30 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.13 3.940/3.090
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.67 1.470
Trans Type 7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 1.110
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.38 3.990
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.43 2.090
Trans Order Code NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.05 1.100
Trans Description Cont. Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.05 0.930
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.86 3.360
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 -
Clutch Size (in) - - TBD -
Summary
Body Style Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Audi A3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Four Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link NA
Suspension Type - Front Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.1 (Est) 7.8 (2012)
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7 (2012)
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 9.100
 
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