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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs. 2021 Nissan Maxima Review

Picture of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

2020 Mercedes-Benz
CLA 250

MSRP*: $36,650 to $38,650
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2021 Nissan
Maxima

MSRP*: $37,090 to $42,320
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Invoice* $34,451 to $36,331 $34,623 to $39,497
MPG - City 23 - 25 MPG 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 35 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 221-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 300-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 221 hp 300 hp
Exterior Length 184.6 in 192.8 in
Exterior Width 72.0 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 40.2 in
Rear 27.1 in
Front 45.0 in
Rear 34.2 in
Head Room Front 40.2 in
Rear 35.7 in
Front 38.9 - 39.4 in
Rear 35.8 - 36.7 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Nissan Maxima than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Nissan Maxima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.

Convenience
The Nissan Maxima requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Nissan Maxima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Maxima.

Dimensions
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is a little narrower than the Nissan Maxima, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is slightly shorter than the Nissan Maxima, which may make it easier to park.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is significantly less powerful than the Nissan Maxima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and the Nissan Maxima do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and the Nissan Maxima.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 than that of the Nissan Maxima.