Compare 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs 2018 Subaru WRX

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2018 Subaru WRX
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AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CLA AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe 23 30 $46,872 $50,400
CLA CLA 250 4MATIC Coupe 24 32 $32,271 $34,700
CLA CLA 250 Coupe 24 37 $30,411 $32,700
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Limited CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
WRX Limited CVT 18 24 $30,809 $32,795
WRX Limited Manual 21 27 $29,708 $31,595
WRX Manual 21 27 $25,463 $26,995
WRX Premium CVT 18 24 $28,687 $30,495
WRX Premium Manual 21 27 $27,586 $29,295
WRX STI Limited Manual w/Lip Spoiler 16 22 $38,587 $40,895
WRX STI Limited Manual w/Wing Spoiler 16 22 $38,587 $40,895
WRX STI Manual 16 22 $34,123 $36,095
WRX STI Type RA Manual 16 22 $34,123 $36,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,872
$30,809
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$50,400
$32,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$840 / month
$547 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.2
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a gorgeous shape in an impressive package. Equally impressive? Its ability to get expensive, even despite being the most affordable sedan in Mercedes' stable. The 2018 Subaru WRX looks tame compared to its newest rivals. Step on the gas and you’ll be convinced otherwise.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.6 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 54.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
27.1 35.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.2 43.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 93.1
Front Hip Room (in)
- 52.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- 53.1
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.3 60.2
Length, Overall (in)
183.8 180.9
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 4.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 12
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 11.3
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.8 12.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.8 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.2 36
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/40WR18 P245/40WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
STDTR NA
Front Tire Size
P235/40WR18 P245/40WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
STDTR NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3450 3340
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
115 -
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
350 @ 2250 258 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
375 @ 6000 268 @ 5600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 24
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.43 -
Trans Order Code
429 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 0.86
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 -
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD CVT w/OD
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.86 3.50 - 1.03
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.13 3.90
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.90 -
Trans Type
7 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.10 2.35
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.72
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz CLA Subaru WRX
Body Style
4MATIC Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.8 8.4

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