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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs 2017 Acura ILX

If you want to move quickly and save gas at the same time, a compact car is the way to do it. The Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Acura ILX are the perfect examples of small cars with a lot of power and efficiency. Both have many similarities, but take different approaches to provide the smiles. Both are the entry vehicles for their respective brands and you will find many of the same features on the inside, but it may not come as a surprise that the CLA is the better car. Not just in terms of performance, but also reliability and efficiency. 

The Acura ILX and the Mercedes-Benz CLA were both unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. At the time, this was a new type of compact car. Small enough to look like a coupe, yet large enough to have four doors and room for five passengers, at least somewhat comfortably. Both cars feature 200 horsepower and come highly acclaimed by those who drive them, but the significant difference between the two can be traced all the way down to the turbocharger in the CLA.

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 VS 2017 Acura ILX Standard
2.0L Turbo I4 Engine 2.4L I4
208 HP Horsepower 201 HP
258 lb-ft Torque 180 lb-ft
26/38 City/Hwy MPG 25/35 City/Hwy


Mercedes-Benz Turbocharger

Mercedes-Benz already has a reputation for torque. Its strong roots with diesel engines probably plays a big role in this, but the fact remains the same. The CLA has almost 80 more lb-ft of torque than the ILX. By use of a small turbocharger that spools instantly, the CLA can produce high amounts of power at low RPM range. This advantage also allows the CLA to save fuel both in the city and on the highway because the engine is smaller and work less hard to maintain speed. 

 The one advantage offered by Acura is the price. If you want to save a few dollars on paper, you may feel more comfortable with the Acura, but what you save in MSRP, you will lose in reliability and overall satisfaction. If you have any questions about the new Mercedes-Benz CLA, contact us today at Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead!

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA's cabin
2017 Acura ILX's steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA's front seats
Front seats of the 2017 Acura ILX