Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class  vs Mazda

Mercedes-Benz CLA250

  • $30k
  • 2.0L
  • 26 city 38 hwy
Front view of Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Either mode persists, but applying the brakes will re-engage stability control as long as the brakes are applied.
by The Car Connection (Oct, 2013)

Mazda 6 i Touring

  • $24k
  • 2.5L
  • 25 city 37 hwy
Front view of Mazda 6
If you value performance, the best choice for the Mazda6 remains the 3.7-liter V6.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)

Benchmarks Real world tests of CLA-Class vs Mazda 6

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

6 i Touring

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

6 i Touring

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog-first view of Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Reasons to consider the
Mercedes-Benz CLA250

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Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Front view of Mazda 6

Reasons to consider the
Mazda 6 i Touring

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Much less energy used per car made 1,729 kWh/vehicle vs 4,858 kWh/vehicle 2.8x less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Much less CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton vs 1.06 metric ton Around 40% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
Better highway driving range 606 miles vs 501 miles More than 20% further range on the interstate
Slightly lower MSRP $24k vs $30k 20% cheaper sticker price
Better city driving range 410 miles vs 343 miles Around 20% further in the city

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$29,900 12.2¢/mile Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Mazda 6 $23,845 12.6¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Mazda 6 is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Mazda 6
Price $5,980 ($29,900) $4,769 ($23,845)
Fuel $1,831 (2,475 gallons) $1,896 (2,562 gallons)
City 26 MPG 25 MPG
Highway 38 MPG 37 MPG
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


CLA-Class  vs
Brand Mercedes-Benz Mazda
Model year 2014 2015
City range 343 miles 410 miles
Highway range 501 miles 606 miles
MSRP $30k $24k
Annual cost $7,776 $6,629

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 2.5L
Air compressor Turbocharger None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 7-speed Automatic 2WD 6-speed Manual 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.6 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear brakes 11.61 in Disc Disc
Front wheel width 225 225
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 45 45

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Antilock brakes Standard N/A
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard N/A
Traction control Standard N/A
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor Optional, $970 N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system mbrace None

physical dimensions

Front track width 60.9 in 62.8 in
Height 56.6 in 57.1 in
Ground clearance 3.9 in 6.7 in
Length 182.3 in 191.5 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in 111.4 in
Curb weight 3,262 lb 3,183 lb
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 50 ft³ 54 ft³
Rear seat room 30 ft³ 46 ft³


CLA-Class  vs
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

Manufacturing Emissions

CO2 per car made 1.06 metric ton 0.66 metric ton
Energy per car made 4,858 kWh/vehicle 1,729 kWh/vehicle

power & handling

Max HP 208 HP @ 5,500 RPM 184 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 15.68 lb/hp 17.3 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36 feet 36.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

AM/FM radio Standard N/A
CD player Standard N/A
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Optional N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard N/A
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard N/A
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,480 N/A
Navigation system Optional N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard N/A
Power outlets Standard N/A
Power steering Standard N/A
Power windows Standard N/A
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