Mercedes gets 'affordable' with the new CLA

Sure, it's cheap for a luxury car but, remember, "cheap" is a relative term.

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Watch - America's little Mercedes - the new CLA

If you have dreamed all your life of owning a brand new shiny Mercedes-Benz, but haven't quite been able to stretch your dollars far enough to afford the brand's current entry-level model, the C-class, I have great news for you. Mercedes has just added a new bottom step on the stairway to Teutonic heaven: the CLA.

The CLA is a front-wheel drive compact car powered by a four-cylinder engine. That might not sound like what you expect from Mercedes. Then again, the $30,000 starting price also isn't what you expect from Mercedes, ether.

But, hang on there a second... while $30,000 is cheap for a Mercedes, let's face it, it's not that cheap for a small car. Think about it, you can get some pretty nice small cars these days for a lot less.

  @peterdrives - Last updated October 03 2013 01:17 PM ET
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