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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA


2019 Subaru BRZ

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. 2019 Subaru BRZ

For years, the CLA enjoys having a good reputation among entry-level luxury vehicles. It had gone through a lot of design revisions since its debut in 2013. What remained original on the CLA is the company’s perfect blend of sophistication and potent performance. For the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA, a generous amount of standard features were added. It will be difficult for its competitors to beat the new CLA, not even the compact 2019 Subaru BRZ. Below is an assessment of both cars to see how they fare against each other.

Design & Style

The seductive exterior details, eye-catching diamond block grille, and the overall sweeping, dramatic design make the new CLA irresistible at a glance. The interior styling is also just as impressive. The simulated leather upholstery gives the cabin a cozy atmosphere, despite having a small space for more legroom and extra head clearance.

The BRZ took to old sports cars for inspiration in its design. It features a sharply sculpted exterior punctuated with LED lights. It has an elegant roofline as well as flared fenders, to balance its proportions. The interior is clutter-free with subtle industrial styling.

Technology & Safety

The Me Connect option of the CLA’s infotainment system is an innovative piece of technology. It makes remotely controlling several car functions possible in a simple manner. The car can be started, monitored, locked, and unlocked from a distance via smartphone integration. The driver aids were also updated to match the current safety techs.

To simply put it, the infotainment system of the BRZ is old. The touchscreen display is slow, confusing, and very limited in terms of smartphone integration. The stability control system is its redeeming quality for safety. It does, however, lack most of the latest driver aids that the competition has.


The base model of the CLA is equipped with a 4-cylinder engine for up to 208-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It gives an impressive acceleration performance and can effortlessly speed up at 0-60 mph within 6.4 seconds. The steering is sufficiently weighted and remains poised and stable when driving on twisty roads.

The BRZ also has a four-cylinder engine for 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Initial impressions of its performance are good, but it gets weaker especially because it is a rear-wheel-drive. It can be tricky to manage the rear-end grip when you lose your focus.

The Bottom Line

It is easy to decide which car wins by just looking at both of their features. The impressive performance of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA is only enhanced by its modern styling and innovative technology. These strong points are clearly missing on the 2019 Subaru BRZ.

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If you are interested in buying the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA, let Mercedes-Benz of Huntington deliver the best deal in town for you. We serve customers throughout the state and its surrounding regions. Drop by our showroom located in Huntington or call us to pre-book for a 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA test drive appointment today!

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