Mercedes-Benz made big waves when it introduced its smallest, most affordable car, the CLA-Class. With an accessible starting price just north of $30,000, an elegant, attractive style that apes one of the brand’s most aspirational products – the CLS-Class – and a pair of engines capable engines, it’s little surprise sales have been so robust.
What's New for 2017
The CLA-Class was lightly updated for 2017, adding new front and rear fascias, updated wheels, a standard rear-view camera and automatic emergency braking, and a reworked infotainment display. Smaller changes include a new paint and upholstery shade, as well as standard interior trim for both the CLA250 and CLA45 AMG.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
As the smallest four-door Mercedes, the CLA-Class’ standard range of four-cylinder engines isn’t a big surprise. But these tiny 2.0-liter, turbocharged mills are no slouches. In most all but the most basic models, these engines send their power to the road through a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
Being a Mercedes, there’s a healthy array of optional equipment. The bulk of gear, though, is represented by a trio of separate packages. With prices ranging from $1,500 for the Driver Assistance Package (adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist) to $1,800 for the Premium Package (blind-spot monitoring, push-button start, heated front seats, and satellite radio) to $2,300 for the Multimedia Package (navigation and the COMAND infotainment system), a very well equipped CLA250 is available for under $40,000.