AutoNation Drive | Nov 03, 2020

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is all new. Can the smallest crossover from Mercedes-Benz compete against the likes of BMW and Lexus? We have a complete look, right now.

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The Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 brings new levels of tech, comfort and capability to the luxury compact crossover market. Pricing starts at $36,230 with front-wheel drive. As you see it here, with some options and 4Matic all-wheel drive, you're looking at $51,205 including destination.

Under the hood is a 2-liter inline four that's been turbo-charged for up to 221 horsepower and 258 lbs-ft of torque. Power is controlled with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. EPA rates economy at up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway and 24 around town.

The power lift gate allows for easy access. With all the seats folded flat, the GLA 250 can carry up 50.5 cubic feet of cargo.

Don't let the small size of the GLA fool you, the second row is quite comfortable, even for a full-size adult.

Up front, you might mistaken the GLA for an S-Class. It's that good. Leather, metal and fine craftsmenship make this one of the best compact cabins on the road today.

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All GLA's come with a digital display. Splurge on the an upgraded set of screens for the ultimate experience. In the centeral touch-screen you can customize booth the look at feel of the vechile, as well as access entertainment, and maps with voice commands and augmented reality turn-by-turn. Plug in a mobile device for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto access.

With the addition of the Driver Assistance Package, the GLA 250 comes fully loaded with advanced safety tech: including active steering, adaptive cruse control, route-based autopilot, blind-spot warning and rear-cross traffic alerts with auto breaking. All GLA's also come with LED lighting for excellent night-time visibility. Customize the driving response of the GLA with the Mercedes-Benz Dynamics system. Here you can pick between Eco, Comfort, Sport, Custom and Off-Road modes. Each modifies the handling and response to best suit your driving style and conditions.

On the road, the GLA 250 provides a confident and fun driving experience. There's plenty of pep, and the 4Matic All-Wheel drive system gives confidence even in loose conditions.

Some dual-clutch systems can be rough, but the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 is incredibly smooth. Putting down power to the road, throughout the powerband.

If you're looking for the ultimate commuter car, or you want something smaller, but still loaded with great ideas, the GLA 250 should be on your short list.

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