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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. Its Competition

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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.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class2015 Audi A3 Sedan2015 Audi A32014 Acura ILX2014 Acura ILX2014 BMW 2-Series Coupe2014 BMW 2-Series2014 Buick Verano2014 Buick Verano
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A scaled-down CLS with turbocharged performance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA proves the car world is shrinking--even at the luxury level.
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The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets.
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The 2014 Acura ILX is a nice, balanced compact luxury sedan for those who put the emphasis on comfort and feature, not true sport-sedan reflexes.
The 2014 BMW 2-Series takes the former 1-Series Coupe into more mature, well-equipped, design-forward territory.
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Mild or slightly spicy--in either flavor, the 2014 Buick Verano delivers long on comfort, without bowing to sport-sedan cliches.
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$29,900Browse Used Listings$29,900Browse Used Listings$26,900Browse Used Listings$32,100Browse Used Listings$23,700Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/4-cyl
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan CLA250 FWD4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige4-Door Sedan 2.0L2-Door Coupe 228i RWD4-Door Sedan
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual Shift
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