2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Choosing Mercedes-Benz is easy, but choosing between a few great Mercedes-Benz options can be hard. Two of the Mercedes-Benz models many drivers are faced with choosing between are the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and Mercedes-Benz C300. Although similar in a number of ways, there are key differences that may cause you to sway one direction or the other. As you read, we'll bring some of those key differences to light to help you make a decision.

Of course, one difference that is apparent when comparing the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class is size. While the overall length of the C-Class is only approximately 2-inches longer that that of the CLA, rear seat passengers will notice, as there are 8 additional inches of rear legroom in the C300. While rear seat passengers will enjoy more space to stretch their legs in the C-Class, the CLA250 actually provides slightly more cargo space, which will come in handy when trying to fit a few sets of golf clubs in the trunk.


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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 VS 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300
2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
208 HP / 258 lb-ft Torque Power Ratings 241 HP / 273 lb-ft Torque
13.1 cu. ft. Cargo Space 12.6 cu. ft.
$31,500* MSRP $38,950

How are the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and C300 different?

Apart from their size, which we outlined above, there are other apparent differences, especially in the technology department. While similar features are available in both, there are number of instances where the C300's equipment is a little nicer that that of the CLA.

For instance, the 2016 C-Class includes 14-way power adjustable driver seats where the CLA-Class' seats are 12-way adjustable. Likewise, the C-Class features a central touchpad controller where the CLA uses an analog dial. Although subtle, these types of niceties add up to create a unique overall experience.

Of course, there are a few other features that are standard on the C300 that require upgrades on the CLA250. Things like push button start, power-folding side mirrors, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, LED daytime running lamps and taillamps, among others, require the addition of feature packages no the CLA.

While there are clear benefits to the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, its MSRP is $7,450 more than that of the CLA250. Although specs, features, and dimensions tell part of the story, the best way to see which Mercedes-Benz model is right for you it to get behind the wheel and experience them in person. Schedule back-to-back test drives in both models to do your own 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. C-Class comparison at Loeber Motors.

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 vs. Mercedes-Benz C300 Interior Comparison

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