Mercedes-Benz has a reputation for luxury and comfort, but rarely does one think of a Mercedes as being affordable. The brand hopes to change that--somewhat--with the new CLA Class.
The brand's smallest car in America, the CLA Class is a four-door coupe that puts style at the forefront. Priced to start around $30,000, the CLA also offers a strong value proposition. Style plus value? It's an intriguing mix.
Fortunately, the CLA also promises decent performance, with the base CLA 250 rated at 208 horsepower and 6.7 seconds to 60 mph thanks to a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels (or optionally, all four wheels). Gas mileage isn't officially rated yet, but it should be good--we expect at least 30 mpg on the highway.
For the more performance-oriented, an AMG version is also in the works. Due in late 2013, the 2014 CLA45 AMG
will start under $50,000, get to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, and send 360 horsepower through all four wheels. The extra power still...