Mercedes-Benz E-Class  vs CLA-Class 

Mercedes-Benz E350

  • $52k
  • 3.5L V6
  • 21 city 30 hwy
Angle view of Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Impressive by anyone’s standard, though, is the way the transmission responds when it’s employed as a conventional automatic.
by Car and Driver (Feb, 2014)

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)

Benchmarks Real world tests of E-Class vs CLA-Class

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


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


Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Reasons to consider the
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Significantly better highway driving range 633 miles vs 501 miles More than 25% further range on the interstate
Significantly better city driving range 443 miles vs 343 miles Around 30% further in the city
Car-autoblog-first view of Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Reasons to consider the
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Saves on fuel $1,796 vs $2,242 Around 20% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Cheaper annual cost $7,776 vs $12,622 Around 40% less expensive per year
Lower MSRP $30k vs $52k More than 40% cheaper sticker price
Higher EPA highway mileage 38 MPG vs 30 MPG More than 25% better on the interstate
Higher EPA city mileage 26 MPG vs 21 MPG Around 25% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic

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

$51,900 15.2¢/mile Mercedes-Benz E-Class
CLA-Class $29,900 12.2¢/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 CLA-Class is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Mercedes-Benz E-Class CLA-Class
Price $10,380 ($51,900) $5,980 ($29,900)
Fuel $2,286 (3,089 gallons) $1,831 (2,475 gallons)
City 21 MPG 26 MPG
Highway 30 MPG 38 MPG
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


E-Class  vs
Brand Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Body style
Model year 2014 2014
City range 443 miles 343 miles
Highway range 633 miles 501 miles
MSRP $52k $30k
Annual cost $12,622 $7,776

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.5L 2.0L
Air compressor None Turbocharger
Cylinders V6 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 7-speed Automatic 2WD 7-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 12.72 in Ventilated Disc 12.6 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc 11.61 in Disc
Front wheel width 245 225
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 45 45

safety features

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

physical dimensions

Width 73 in 70 in
Front track width 63 in 60.9 in
Height 57.9 in 56.6 in
Length 192.1 in 182.3 in
Wheelbase 113.2 in 106.3 in
Curb weight 3,825 lb 3,262 lb
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 52 ft³ 50 ft³
Rear seat room 45 ft³ 30 ft³


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

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 7.37 m³ 7.37 m³
CO2 per car made 1.06 metric ton 1.06 metric ton
Energy per car made 4,858 kWh/vehicle 4,858 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 32.84 kg 32.84 kg

power & handling

Max torque 273 ft-lb @ 3,500 RPM 258 ft-lb @ 1,250 RPM
Max HP 302 HP @ 6,500 RPM 208 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 12.67 lb/hp 15.68 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.9 feet 36 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 8 8
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes No
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes No
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer Standard N/A
Satellite radio Optional Optional
Entertainment system Optional, $1,750 N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,090 Optional, $1,480
Navigation system Optional Optional
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Optional, $115 Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
Mercedes-Benz E350
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