Price: $22,900

Year 2016


Model CLA


Drivetrain AWD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine 4-CYL, TURBO, 2.0 LITER

Mileage 83,841

Doors 4

Exterior Color GREY

Interior Color BLACK


Stock No. 4953

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA is the German luxury make’s smallest sedan, and it’s been a big hit in expanding the company’s buyer base. It enters its third year with just a handful of trim, feature, and option updates, accompanied by the similarly-sized GLA crossover utility vehicle—which can be also viewed simply as a hatchback version of the CLA sedan.

But it’s hardly alone in the field, 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, and there’s also the quiet and handsome Buick Versano. The Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback is a surprisingly capable competitor—and it’ll be joined next year by the Infiniti QX30 hatchback as well.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 hardly lacks for power, and its neutral driving feel masks its front-wheel-drive roots. The main challenge while driving is that it's been tuned to maximize fuel economy unless you drive it hard, meaning that it's sometimes reluctant to downshift and deliver power right away when you want it.

The base 2.0-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged inline-4 delivers 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It spins out enough low-end torque to beat the 4-cylinder C-Class from 0 to 60 mph—in about 6.7 seconds, Mercedes says, with a top speed limited to 149 mph.

The CLA 250 is tuned to achieve its 30-mpg combined fuel-economy rating, meaning it upshifts rapidly and often. Shifts are cleaner over 30 mph or so, where the action melts into the momentum, but big downshift requests on the highway take time. If you want to make the CLA250 responsive, you can cycle it out of the default Eco mode into Sport or Manual shift modes, which make it livelier at the cost of efficiency. 

The Mercedes CLA fits broadly into the compact-sedan segment, encompassing everything from the Honda Civic and Ford Focus to its direct competitor the Audi A3. Its 182-inch length offers less interior room than in many similarly sized four-doors, owning to its striking and coupe-like lines.

Front-seat passengers fare far better in the CLA250 than those in the back. The well-bolstered seats are comfortable and supportive even on long trips, just like those of its big brothers. Firm bolsters hold you in place on the sides of both the bottom cushion and the back-rest. The driver gets power adjustments for rake and position; the front passenger doesn’t, making it a reach to find the wheel to adjust seat back angle. Two storage bins sit between the seat, a square one sized for large drinks and a smaller tray with a power outlet.

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 

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