2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA
A Premium package bundles an iPod interface with satellite radio, surround sound, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a garage door opener. A panoramic sunroof is a stand-alone option, as are leather seats, summer tires, parking assist, blind-spot monitors, and heated front seats.
Mercedes may have been beaten to the punch in compact cars by Audi and BMW in the States, but the CLA will be the first four-door sedan of the German trio to actually go on sale here, if all goes according to plan. There's a new Audi A3 in the works, with a sedan body style, trailing the CLA by a few months, while a new BMW 1-Series sedan could take until 2015 to arrive.
Of course, the CLA already has competition in the size class--everything from the pedestrian Ford Focus and Honda Civic, to the near-luxury Acura ILX and Buick Verano. They're cars without its prestige, but without that burden, too.
The 2014 CLA goes on sale late this year.
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