The CLA-Class is the smallest Mercedes we've ever driven--but it’s hardly alone in its class, with a host of new competition in showrooms or on the way.
The redesigned Audi A3 may not look like a stylistic departure, but it’s now a sedan, making it a direct competitor to the CLA.
BMW’s 2-Series is still only offered as a coupe, but it has a new interior and updated styling.
The Acura ILX sedan has been retooled to compete more effectively.
The Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback is a surprisingly capable competitor, although its hybrid powertrain isn't as responsive as some will expect.
Finally, the Buick Verano now has a turbo version to go with its traditionally relaxed ride and handling (though we question how much cross-shopping there is between Mercedes and Buick).
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|2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassBrowse Used Listings||2017 Acura ILXBrowse Used Listings||2017 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2017 BMW 2-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2017 Buick VeranoBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas/4-cyl|
|Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Compact|
|CLA 250 Coupe||Sedan||2.0 TFSI Premium FWD||230i Coupe||4-Door Sedan w/1SV|
|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||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2017 Acura ILX||2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2017 Audi A3||2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2017 BMW 2-Series||2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class vs. 2017 Buick Verano|