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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs C-Class

If you are looking for the best in passenger transportation, Mercedes-Benz is undoubtedly at the top of your list. Especially when it comes to four-door sedans and coupes, Mercedes-Benz is one of, if not the best, auto manufacturer in the world. In America, the first two entry-level Mercedes-Benz vehicles are the CLA and the C-Class. With affordable price tags and enjoyable drive ways, the C-Class and the CLA share many of the same traits, but there are some key differences that make them unique in noteworthy ways. 

First, we must address the nomenclature incongruence. The CLA is considered a Coupe by Mercedes-Benz, but not because of the number of doors it has. The CLA and the C-Class both have four doors, but the CLA has a lower roofline with more aggressive curvature behind the back seats. This makes for less interior room, but it also gives the CLA some extra space in the trunk. Contrary to popular belief, the CLA Coupe is actually longer than the C-Class by .2 inches, but does have a shorter wheelbase.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA 45 Coupe VS 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG® C 43 Sedan
$49,950 MSRP $52,000
AMG® 2.0L I4 Turbo Engine AMG®-enhanced 3.0L V6 Biturbo
375/350 Power 362/384
4.1 0-60 4.6
23/30 MPG 20/28
27.1 Inches Rear Leg Room 35.2 Inches


Mercedes-Benz AMG® Sport vs Mercedes-Benz Luxury

The Mercedes-Benz CLA and the C-Class both have a lot to offer. The C-Class has a little extra room for your head, but also has a higher coefficient of drag, making it less efficient at highway speeds. The CLA is a lighter vehicle overall, making it more agile, but it doesn't have that over-the-top torque rating like you will find on the C-Class. 

When it comes down to putting your name on the dotted line, the difference between the CLA and the C-Class is sport and interior room. At roughly the same price, you can either have the quick and nimble Mercedes-Benz AMG® CLA 45 that will keep you smiling all day, or the refined and spacious Mercedes-Benz AMG® C 43 that you can take the family to the movies in. Of course, if it is power you're after, the Mercedes-Benz AMG® C 63 is right around the corner! If you have any questions about the CLA or the C-Class, come to Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead today to see how they fit.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA's cabin
2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA's front seats
front grille of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 43