New Updates 2014 MercedesBenz CLA250 LongTerm Road Test

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Wiring Harness Repair

April 30, 2014

Our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is back from the dealership following the ESC warning light that threatened to strand James in the boonies. So what happened?

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwoods Road Trip Wrap-Up

April 28, 2014

After 10 hours driving from Eureka home to Los Angeles, my 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 road trip to the Redwoods has come to an end. Along the way, I added 1,561 miles to the CLA’s odometer and found that it’s a far more enjoyable and comfortable car outside the congested confines of greater Los Angeles.

Here are some final notes from the trip.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwoods Road Trip Part 5

April 25, 2014

Uh oh. Just as the Avenue of the Giants was coming to an end, the above warning illuminated in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250’s instrument panel. Initially, I wasn’t terribly concerned since it wasn’t as if I really needed stability control.

However, as I started up and around the cloverleaf on-ramp from the Avenue of the Giants onto CA-101, I knew something more serious was going on.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwoods Road Trip Part 4

April 24, 2014

After reaching Eureka, my wife and I spent a day here doing some work before embarking on an evening at the Lost Coast Brewery. Seriously, if you’re a beer fan, California’s north coast is definitely a place to visit, and stops are far enough apart to allow you to spend a night staying close by to the respective brew pubs and tap rooms.

Anyway, my wife and I set out once again in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 to explore the Avenue of the Giants. This 31.5-mile stretch of two-lane road runs parallel to CA-101 and the Eel River, but does so through multiple groves of majestic redwood trees. Many are mere centimeters from the pavement, which often twists and turns to go around the 1,000-plus-year-old behemoths. There are multiple stopping opportunities for light hiking and countless photo ops.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwood Road Trip Part 3

My road trip up California’s North Coast continued in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 as I headed north from Mendocino up to Eureka along some of the best and most spectacularly scenic roads in the country. It is here where California 1 (a.k.a. Pacific Coast Highway) comes to its northern end, meandering along the coast before turning inland and becoming a serious mountain road. In other cars, this surprisingly lengthy strip of serpentine road could be a tiresome chore, but the CLA’s nimble handling, compact dimensions and punchy engine made it a wonderful way to spend a morning.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwoods Road Trip Part 2

April 22, 2014

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 behaved commendably in Part 1 of my journey up to California’s North Coast a.k.a. the boring bit up Interstate 5. Now, it was time to take it on roads more conducive to its nimble nature and admittedly firm ride.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwood Road Trip Part 1

April 21, 2014

I’ve been growing weary of the city. I’m tired of the traffic, the noise and the rude people. At the same time, our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 hasn’t exactly been at its best in Los Angeles ceaseless complaints about its clunky transmission in traffic, its rough ride on the city’s horrific roads and sub-EPA fuel economy.

It was time for both of us to get the heck out of Dodge, or rather, escape to the towering trees, fresh air and majestic views of California’s North Coast.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Stop the Auto Stop-Start

April 18, 2014

Automatic stop-start technology in cars is a divisive issue. On the one hand, it’s a not-unpleasant experience to sit at a long red light with the engine off, enjoying a bit of quiet time. On the other hand, we’ve strived for years to make sure we DON’T stall out in traffic and having a car do that intentionally is really, really annoying.

Especially on my commute.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Arizona Road Trip

April 17, 2014

I needed wheels to get to Arizona for a Hyundai press event drive, so Edmunds’ Car Czar, Mike Schmidt, assigned me our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 .

No problem, I had barely driven the new Mercedes and wanted to spend some quality behind-the-wheel time in it anyway.

Here are some thoughts from the 800-mile, almost-all-highway road trip:

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: 5,000-Mile Update

April 16, 2014

We hit the 5,000-mile mark in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 just before heading out on a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona to drive the new 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan .

So far the little Mercedes has been running pretty well, aside from two weird, very-early-on issues: a check-engine light and a squeaky Comand screen, both of which occurred when the car had less than 1,000 miles on the odometer.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Rearview Camera Blackout

April 15, 2014

Rearview (or backup, if you prefer) cameras are great. Though I still use the mirrors as well, especially when parallel parking, the camera takes away a lot of the stress and allows you to park with uncanny precision. This is especially valuable here in L.A. where many parking spaces seem to be of substandard width. The system in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a fine example of the breed, with a sharp image and handy guide lines. Travis recently did a post highlighting all of its handy features .

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 3, 2014

During the month of March we covered 1,172 miles in our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. We averaged 25.7 mpg for the month, which upped the Merc’s lifetime average fuel economy to 24.9, from the previous 24.7.

But we continue to struggle to meet the EPA’s ratings for the car of 30 mpg combined (26 city/38 highway).

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Decoding the Rearview Camera

These are the distance lines on the rearview camera display in our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Initially, I had no idea what they meant. White lines, red dots, yellow hash marks and full width yellow lines create an image that looks more like a football field than a parking grid. But once I decided to stop being lazy and read the manual, they became pretty helpful.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Hold Feature

March 28, 2014

Here’s a feature that I bet most Mercedes owners aren’t even aware is included on their car. There isn’t even a button to indicate its presence. When you come to a stop, simply push the brake pedal unnecessarily forward in its travel. The word HOLD will appear in the trip computer and the car will automatically apply the brakes to keep you in place. This allows you to rest your foot/ankle or prime it above the accelerator.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: The Case for MBTex

March 26, 2014

My mother was recently shopping for a new compact crossover and briefly considered the Mercedes-Benz GLK350. When finding out that leather was not standard, she was dismayed. Even when I presented the argument for the standard MBTex premium vinyl upholstery I’m about to share with you, there was simply no way around the notion that luxury cars must have leather and it must be standard. It’s a notion that’s certainly prevalent, but not one to which I adhere.

Nevertheless, here is my case for MBTex found in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 long-term car and many other Mercedes models.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: It Is Possible To Beat EPA Estimates, But Only for a Little While

Granted, we’ve yet to validate the onboard fuel economy calculator in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250, but for now, we’re going to say it works. Why? Because we’ve been struggling even to meet the EPA’s city estimate of 26 mpg, so seeing the display report 39.8 mpg was a cause for celebration. The EPA says we should be able to earn 38 mpg on the highway.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Is This Acceptable Cost Savings?

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: We Found a Semi-Useful Display

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Does this Climate Control Button Mean Anything?

March 10, 2014

I wonder why nobody has said anything yet about the recirculation button in our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Do you see it? Click to the next page to see what I mean.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Is It a Good Value?

March 7, 2014

Janis Joplin sang, Oh lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Well, if Janis were alive today she might not even need the good lord’s help. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 starts at $30,825 (with destination). And our car, with its well-chosen extras, still checked in at a seemingly quite reasonable $35,495. That’s not much scratch for a luxury-branded car these days.

But I was curious to learn more on whether this represented a solid value for an entry-level luxury sedan or if you’re paying a price premium to get that three-pointed star in the grille. Here are my thoughts.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 5, 2014

Despite somebody’s best efforts to do the opposite (with a 16-mpg fill-up), the average fuel economy of our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 inched ever closer to the official EPA city estimate in February.

We added a commendable 1,200 miles since the last update, yet our car is still struggling to make the hoped-for numbers.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Coupe Styling Makes for Limited Rearward Visibility


Do you see that? That’s the rearward view from the driver’s seat of the Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Credit the lack of scenery to the sloping roofline and gargantuan C-pillars. It’s the price you pay for the CLA’s exterior style.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Long-Distance Driving Impressions

February 25, 2014

We’ve yet to take our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 on any really long road trips, like we have with our Corvette Stingray. But I have done a couple of 250-mile trips in the CLA250. Here are some thoughts on the CLA250 as a long-distance companion.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: I Like Its Four-Cylinder Engine

February 24, 2014

When you think of Mercedes-Benz engines, the first ones to come to mind are likely the monster AMG V8s and V12s gracing flagship cars like the S-Class or SLS AMG. So how about fuel-economy-minded, small-displacement four-cylinders from Mercedes? Yeah, not so much.

And sure enough, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine found in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 will never achieve anything close to legendary status. This is an engine that’s like your dishwasher: It’s there to simply get the job done. But it’s still a Mercedes engine, and it gets the job done quite well, thank you.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Booster and Child Safety Seats

If you’re thinking about purchasing a small entry-level luxury sedan like a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, I’d guess that a family-friendly back seat isn’t one of your priorities. Still, there are times when a CLA might have to be used to transport young children. Here are some observations about installing child safety seats in our long-term CLA250’s back seat.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Not Much Headroom in Back

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: It’s Worth Stretching for the Sport Package

February 17, 2014

As base models go, the 2014 Mercedes CLA250’s wheels aren’t bad. They have a sturdy, chiseled appearance that makes them look expensive, and the two-tone coloring helps, too.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Tight Pedal Box

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