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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs. 2021 Subaru WRX STI Review

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2020 Mercedes-Benz
CLA 250

MSRP*: $36,650 to $38,650
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2021 Subaru

MSRP*: $37,245 to $41,945
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Invoice* $34,451 to $36,331 $35,192 to $39,564
MPG - City 23 - 25 MPG 16 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 35 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.1 ft3 12.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Horizontal
Transmission Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 221 hp 310 hp
Exterior Length 184.6 in 180.9 in
Exterior Width 72.0 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 40.2 in
Rear 27.1 in
Front 43.3 in
Rear 35.4 in
Head Room Front 40.2 in
Rear 35.7 in
Front 37.2 - 39.8 in
Rear 37.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles

*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

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

With the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX STI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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). Whether you pick the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 or the Subaru WRX STI, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 Subaru WRX STI.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is a little wider than the Subaru WRX STI, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, which is slightly longer than the Subaru WRX STI.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 has about the same turning radius as the Subaru WRX STI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

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

With its lower torque, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Subaru WRX STI.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and the Subaru WRX STI. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Subaru WRX STI.

You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 than that of the Subaru WRX STI.