The 2014 CLA will be the new entry-level Mercedes-Benz, but it won't be alone at its expected $30,000 price point for long.
The BMW 1-Series has been on sale in the U.S.
for a few years, but it's been offered in two-door coupe and convertible body styles only--and has been revamped into a new 2-Series.
That's due to change, as soon as 2015--by which time, the new Audi A3 sedan will have also found its way into American showrooms.
Meanwhile, the early arrivals in the compact-luxury class are already settled in, but both are more near-luxury sedans, at least in prestige per pound.
The Acura ILX has awkward features and packaging issues to go with lackluster performance, while the Buick Verano's gotten much smarter with a new turbo edition, while sticking with a softer handling setup.
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|2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings||2015 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2014 Acura ILXBrowse Used Listings||2014 BMW 2-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2014 Buick VeranoBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas/4-cyl|
|Subcompact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD||4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige||4-Door Sedan 2.0L||2-Door Coupe 228i RWD||4-Door Sedan|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift|