Entry-level luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class are as much about the badge up front than what's inside.
The CLA-Class has a curvier profile than, say, the BMW 2-Series, but we like the way the 2-Series drives in more configurations.
(The BMW is rear-wheel drive, mostly.) The Audi A3 is offered in sedan and convertible forms (plus a plug-in hybrid hatchback) and we like the A3's spunk in S3 and RS3 trims.
The Cadillac ATS is on its way out, and although it's a half-size bigger, it's likely priced nearly identical to the CLA Class.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class may be the stiffest competitor to the CLA—more buyers prefer crossovers to sedans.
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|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||N/A||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
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|CLA 250 Coupe||Sedan||Premium 40 TFSI||230i Coupe||N/A||GLA 250 SUV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||N/A||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD|
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