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November 23, 2013

Mercedes-Benz ventures afar with 2014 CLA250


However, the seats are covered in MB-Tex, a man-made leatherette. Though high quality and nearly indistinguishable from leather, a $1,500 option, it doesn’t breathe well and is sticky in hot weather.

The front seats are generously sized, with good support. In back, despite the sharply sloping roofline that prompts Mercedes to refer to the CLA 250 as a four-door coupe, there’s surprising room for two. Even the center passenger can survive, though there’s no place to plant one’s feet because of a large floor hump. The trunk is shallow but roomy.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Model: Four-door sedan Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged with direct fuel injection, 208 horsepower Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch automatic with manual shift mode and front-wheel drive Overall length: 15 feet 2 inches EPA passenger/trunk volume: 88/13 cubic feet Weight: 3,264 pounds EPA city/highway/combined fuel consumption: 26/38/30 mpg Base price, including destination charge: $30,915 Price as tested: $35,995

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