2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA comparison image

Unless you look at the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA side-by-side you may not be able to tell the two apart. After all, both are four-door vehicles. They both have similar grilles, lower front fascia, and headlamps. It takes a close eye for detail to tell them apart from a glance unless you have a reference for the size of each vehicle.

The biggest visual difference between these two vehicles is size. You can think of the CLS as being an overgrown CLA, but that might be an oversimplification. The “A” in “CLA” and the “S” in “CLS” follows the Mercedes-Benz naming tradition where an A-class vehicle is the smallest, and C-, E-, and S-classes are progressively larger. The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a subcompact luxury car, and the Mercedes-Benz CLS is a mid-size luxury car. For more details on how these two vehicles differ, refer to the chart and analysis below.

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS


2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

3.0L V6 Turbo Gas/Electric Hybrid Engine 2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbo
369 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft
362 Horsepower 221
9-Speed Automatic Transmission 7-Speed Automated Manual

Model Comparison Analysis

The exact differences in size will not be treated here, as most shoppers have a reference for the difference between a subcompact and a mid-size 4-door car. As the chart shows, the CLS and the CLA are dissimilar when it comes to their mechanical properties. The CLS is not just larger in overall size, it has a bigger engine that produces more power in terms of both torque and horsepower. Furthermore, the CLS does this with a hybrid gasoline and electric powertrain. Even the transmission is set apart by being fully automatic instead of an automated manual like what is found in the CLA.

Other Available Features of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS

  • LED Headlamp
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Pre- and Post-Collision Safety System
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Transmission, Cruise, and Audio Controls
  • Rear View Camera
  • Climate Control
  • And More!

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