Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Chevrolet Cruze VS 2017 Mercedes CLA In IA

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze

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2017 Mercedes CLA

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Cruze LT Auto/Premier’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CLA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Cruze and the CLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Cruze 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the CLA. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the CLA ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Cruze’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CLA’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cruze for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CLA.

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cruze’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Cruze has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The CLA doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Cruze Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the CLA250:

 

 

Cruze

CLA

 

FWD

Manual

30 city/52 hwy

n/a

 

 

Auto

31 city/47 hwy

24 city/36 hwy

 

 

 

n/a

23 city/32 hwy

 

On the EPA test cycle the Cruze Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the CLA:

 

 

Cruze

CLA

 

FWD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/40 hwy

24 city/36 hwy

250/Auto

 

Premier 1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

 

n/a

23 city/31 hwy

250/Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/32 hwy

250 FFV/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Cruze uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CLA requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Cruze stops shorter than the CLA:

 

Cruze

CLA

 

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

114 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Cruze LT/Premier has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CLA; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Cruze may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Mercedes CLA.

The Cruze Sedan is 7 inches shorter than the CLA, making the Cruze easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Cruze LT Sedan is quieter than the CLA250:

 

Cruze

CLA

At idle

36 dB

43 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Cruze LT Hatchback is quieter than the CLA250:

 

Cruze

CLA

At idle

34 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Cruze is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the CLA is rated a Subcompact.

The Cruze has 16 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLA (94 vs. 78).

The Cruze Sedan has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more rear headroom and 9 inches more rear legroom than the CLA.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Cruze Sedan has a much larger trunk than the CLA (14.8 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Cruze Premier detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The CLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Cruze and the CLA offer available heated front seats. The Cruze Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CLA.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Cruze Premier’s standard (except Diesel) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The CLA doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Cruze LT/Premier has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The CLA doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Cruze Premier offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CLA doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Cruze owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Cruze with a number “1” insurance rate while the CLA is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cruze is less expensive to operate than the CLA because it costs $306 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cruze than the CLA, including $257 less for a water pump, $350 less for an alternator, $766 less for a starter, $145 less for fuel injection, $55 less for a fuel pump, $496 less for front struts, $423 less for a timing belt/chain and $610 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Chevrolet Cruze as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Chevrolet Cruze outsold the Mercedes CLA by over seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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