Without question, one of the most anticipated vehicles to be launched this year is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, the just-over-$30,000 luxury car that should bring in plenty of new buyers to the Mercedes brand. We’ve recently driven it, and we should have driving impressions out to you as soon as they’re fit to publish.
So all of our questions as well as yours will be answered shortly. The only thing left that we were wondering was what kind of fuel economy numbers it’ll get. Well, that’s been answered now, as the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 has been rated at 26 mpg city/38 mpg highway/30 mpg combined, which puts it well ahead of most everything in its class.
With a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the CLA250 is able to produce 208 horsepower, which puts it above the six-speed-manual-only Acura ILX 2.4 but under the heavier 250-horsepower Buick Verano Turbo. The CLA also benefits from having a more efficient transmission than either of those rivals, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Coupled with one of the slickest shapes to ever grace a production car, and aerodynamics certainly help it on the top end. By comparison, the automatic-equipped Buick Verano Turbo achieves 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway, and the manual-equipped Acura ILX earned 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway from the EPA.
Other contenders will be coming along like the new 2014 Audi A3 and 2015 BMW 2 Series as well as a possible sedan variant down the line if BMW deems the new 320i unfit for competition against these new smaller cars. Don’t expect any of them to stand still, least of all Mercedes-Benz, which will be rolling out an all-wheel-drive variant of the CLA250 and a hyper-fast CLA45 AMG here in the near future.