2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

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Mercedes-Benz CLA250 highlights

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  • Interior quality
  • Fuel economy with base turbo four-cylinder
  • Many standard features


  • Snug rear seat
  • Limited cargo space
  • AMG models can be budget busters

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 33 highway, 27 combined

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The 2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA looks and feels worthy of its luxury badge

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan is the least expensive way to put a Mercedes in your garage or driveway. A relatively affordable price and refined driving manners make the CLA a practical pick, if you go easy on the options. For the 2023 model year, the CLA receives no substantial updates.

The cabin is appointed with quality trim pieces and standard touches like a seven-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and synthetic leather upholstery. Direct rivals include the Acura Integra, Audi A3, and Lexus IS.

Several powertrains are offered—including two sporty AMG variants—though the CLA works best with a "less is more" approach. The CLA 250 comes with a frugal and reasonably peppy turbocharged four-cylinder coupled to a seven-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. While the AMG 35 and AMG 45 versions are faster and more powerful, they cost many thousands of dollars more than the entry-level CLA.

All Mercedes-Benz CLA250 years

What is new for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA250?

  • Leather & Suede Seats features are now available as options on select trims.

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

What We Like

Turbo four-cylinder engines: The entry-level 221-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can more than scoot the CLA down the road. Forgetting budget concerns for a moment, the punchy 302- and 382-hp turbo four-cylinders in the AMG 35 and AMG 45 are a riot when you hit the gas pedal.

Refined cabin design: The CLA cabin looks and feels like a proper Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicle. The materials are of high quality, the dashboard layout is modern, and all of the controls are logically placed.

Stylish exterior: The CLA possesses head-turning appeal for luxury car shoppers. This small sedan has a big personality in terms of its sleek exterior design.

What Needs Improvement

Rear headroom: There is a price to be paid for the CLA’s debonair design, and the biggest debit comes in the form of rear headroom. Tall adults seated in the back might find their heads brushing the roof. Legroom isn’t exactly abundant either.

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Ratings & reliability

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Mercedes-Benz CLA250 6th out of 25 among Luxury Compact Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is $574, compared to an average of $546 for Luxury Compact Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Mercedes-Benz CLA250 owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.1 times per year, compared to an average of 1.8 times for Luxury Compact Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 7% for the Mercedes-Benz CLA250, compared to an average of 12% for Luxury Compact Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Mercedes-Benz CLA250 features and specs

(no trim) 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Burmester Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 41.8"/R 33.9"

Head room

F 38.5"/R 35.7"

Front tires


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2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 FAQ

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