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EPA says the 2014 Mercedes CLA250 gets 38 mpg

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On: Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 4:44PM | By: Teddy Field

EPA says the 2014 Mercedes CLA250 gets 38 mpg

To most people, the idea of a cheap, front-wheel drive Mercedes is absurd. Like seeing Martha Stewart at a monster truck rally sipping Boone's Farm from a Dixie Cup, it just won't happen. But it already has! The 2014 Mercedes CLA250 starts at $29,900, it's driven by the front wheels, and the EPA just announced that it can achieve 38 mpg on the highway. So peel back the price tag and crack open that bottle of Fuzzy Navel, Ms. Stewart! It's time to learn about the new definition of budget luxury.

Although you might not guess, Mercedes has been making affordable FWD cars for years. Their A-Class hatchback is a humble city car that provides an abundance of space and practicality, with the panache and quality that one would expect from a car wearing the three-pointed star. When MB decided to build a car to compete in the white-hot $30-$35k near-luxury segment, they took the A-Class platform, and built upon it a car that would make even the most indifferent hipster choke on their latte. And yes, that massive three-pointed star does light up (optional, of course).

Following the current 4-door-coupe trend, the 2014 Mercedes CLA250 has a sweeping roofline, pillar-less doors, limited rear headroom, and they call it a Coupe—even though it clearly has four doors. The styling is quite butch, almost resembling a baby CLS. The standard LED running lights are designed to grab attention, while the gargantuan three-pointed star screams to the world that you've arrived.

On the inside, the 2014 Mercedes CLA250 has a sporty cabin design that's nowhere near as busy-looking as some current MB models. Depending on the size of your promotion, you can opt for various types of wood or metallic trim, upgraded audio systems and leather upholstery, a glass roof, and the list goes on. Spend enough time with the CLA catalog, and you'll be spending a whole lot more than $29 Grand.

Under the hood, you'll find a 2.0L turbo-4 that generates a healthy 208-hp / 258 lb-ft of torque. That grunt gets sent to the front wheels via a paddle-shiftable 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Hammer it from a stop, and Mercedes says that you'll see 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. If you switch on the Eco Start/Stop system and baby it off the line, the EPA says that you'll see 26 city/38 hwy/30 combined. Those are impressive figures for a car this nice, and this sporty. But we imagine that most owners will avoid the GreenPeace button, resulting in slightly less real-world fuel economy.

In years past, Mercedes Benz cars weren't ostentatious, they weren't cheap, and the gas models were thirstier than a sailor on leave. The 2014 Mercedes CLA250 is proof that Daimler's customer base, and, indeed, the world has changed. Maybe Martha Stewart can crochet some seat covers for Grave Digger?

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