Comparison: 2018 Acura ILX vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

March 9th, 2018 by

Middletown drivers looking to enter the luxury segment with a compact sedan may be curious to know which model is the better value. Aside from taking a test drive, the best way to compare luxury sedans is by looking at standard and available features on each trim level – because options can add up.

Below, we’ll highlight the differences between the 2018 Acura ILX and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA so you can make an informed decision.

Read on, then visit us in Middletown, New York to go for a test drive:

Entertainment and Convenience

Acura ILX

The 2018 ILX comes standard equipped with a power moonroof, heated exterior mirrors, heated leatherette-trimmed seating, dual-zone climate control, Smart Entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather steering wheel. It also comes standard with the Acura Audio System with six speakers, Pandora, Bluetooth streaming audio, Siri Eyes Free, and SMS text message reading.

Available features include two-driver position memory for seats and mirrors, GPS-linked solar-sensing climate control enhancement, and aluminum pedals. You can also opt for Acura Premium Audio, ELS Studio Premium Audio, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio, Song by Voice, email reading, iPhone AcuraLink Navigation App, phone-book exchanged for Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, HomeLink universal transceiver, voice recognition system, and Acura Navigation with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic.

Mercedes-Benz CLA

The CLA does not come standard with heated seats or a moonroof, but the features are available as options. Standard features include seat memory, MB-Tex upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and split-folding rear seats. Standard tech includes a Hands-free Bluetooth interface, USB audio port, HD Radio receiver, CD player, and pre-wiring for Garmin Map Pilot.

Options include leather seating, Hands-Free Access, auto-dimming rearview mirror, multi-color ambient lighting, and Keyless-Go. Available entertainment features on the Mercedes CLA include Comand Navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Harman Kardon surround sound, Sirius XM Radio, and in-car Wi-Fi hotspot.

Safety Tech and Ratings

Acura ILX

The 2018 ILX earned a perfect 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with no recalls or complaints. The ILX earned best-possible scores in all crashworthiness tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including a Superior rating for crash avoidance and mitigation.‡

The ILX is available with the AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance features. The system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, a Blind Spot Information System, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

Mercedes-Benz CLA

The 2018 CLA has not yet been evaluated by the NHTSA and the IIHS shows only two test scores for the compact sedan: a Superior rating for crash avoidance and mitigation and a Poor rating for headlights.

The CLA does not feature an equivalent to the AcuraWatch system, but the Mercedes sedan is available with Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Distance Pilot Distronic, and Parking Pilot. Road departure mitigation, collision mitigation braking, and rear cross traffic monitor are not available on this model.

Visit us in Middletown today to get behind the wheel of the ILX and see in person why it’s a best-seller in New York.


Acura ILX

Starting at $28,100 MSRP**

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Starting at $32,7090 MSRP**

Category: Comparison
Tags: 2018 ILX, Mercedes-Benz, compact sedan, comparison


‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit


**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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