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2019 Toyota 86

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs. 2019 Toyota 86

The CLA has a strong reputation as an entry-level luxury vehicle. All the revisions it had from the past made way for its best version yet. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA is out to impress with the generous new features.

One of the driver-centered cars in the market is the 2019 Toyota 86. It has a humble power but it is unarguably a fun car to drive. There are also impressive features for this year and it is only fitting that it gets compared to the seasoned CLA.

Design & Style

The latest CLA still has the same seductive charisma even with the new exterior details. The diamond block grille, for example, is made more appealing with the larger star badge. The sweeping exterior design gives the car a sexy and proportionate silhouette. The cabin is a cozy environment complete with simulated leather upholstery. The layout is very smart as it made the small space look significantly bigger and gave the cabin a bit more of head clearance.

The new 86 has sports car proportions with its long hood, wide stance, and the sloping roof. Although it looks handsome, the whole look is forgettable. It also has some design characteristics as a Subaru, totally understandable because they are technically siblings.

Technology & Safety

The COMAND® infotainment is optional but having the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is a great alternative. The Me Connect is an innovative system to remotely control the CLA. Apart from this, the driver aids were also upgraded for the new versions.

As for the 86, the infotainment and security features are very minimal. It comes with eight speakers but it doesn’t have the latest smartphone integration. Audio fidelity becomes a problem when the car is in motion. A standard navigation system is also lacking which is why the lack of connectivity is amplified.


The 4-cylinder engine of the CLA is more than enough to have up to 208-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration is effortless and the steering is sufficiently weighted. It has enough power to stay stable on twisty roads. The brake system is also impressively easy to modulate.

Under the hood of the 86 is a 2.0-liter engine that can rate up to 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. It is responsive but launching it aggressively can be challenging. The brakes are initially good but it wooden up with aggressive driving.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA shone brightly against the 2019 Toyota 86. This is expected, given that the CLA is already a veteran at impressing the public. The 86 has a long way to go before it can match the CLA. It can start with having a proper facelift in order to really leave a positive impression.

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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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