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.
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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|N/A||4dr Sedan 2.0L||4dr HB Man FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||2dr Coupe 128i||4dr Sedan|
|N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|N/A||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift|