Stop/start, by the way, is integrated into the CLA drivetrain, and it sends a shiver through the drivetrain when it shuts off the car and restarts at pauses longer than a couple of seconds. As a culture, we're all getting used to the sound of cars not running at stoplights, right?
So far, we haven't experienced a withering effect on fuel economy from our CLA 250's manual-shift mode--but then again, probably two-thirds of our nearly 3,000 miles have been in favorable conditions. We're well over its official combined ratings at this point--and well aware of how to get around its standard drivetrain settings.
But we'll save our gas-mileage stats for another day. Tomorrow, we'll tell you about the CLA's COMAND infotainment system, and how we've grown more familiar with its complexities. Then we're taking the CLA 250 and its AMG counterpart, the CLA45 AMG, off on a secret mission. Stay with us for the rest of this month, as we bring you more from our 30 Days drive.