At first glance, the 2016 Acura ILX and the Mercedes-Benz CLA may seem like they've been cut from the same mold, but drivers in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo may be surprised to learn that these vehicles have little in common.

In this Acura ILX vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA vehicle comparison, our team at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo takes a closer look at what sets these two luxury vehicles apart so you can decide which one is right for you.

Acura ILX vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA: Interior Specifications

When you purchase a luxury vehicle, you expect a certain level of style. The 2016 Acura ILX delivers with a comfortable and spacious cabin design that uses high-quality materials and stunning design details intended to accent the vehicle's sporty performance. With a total of 89.3 cubic feet of passenger volume in the Acura ILX, you'll find ample amounts of legroom in the front row (42.3 inches) compared to just 40.2 inches in the Mercedes-Benz CLA.

Meanwhile, your backseat passengers in the ILX will enjoy 35.9 inches of headroom and 34 inches of legroom. This easily outdoes the Mercedes-Benz CLA, which offers 35.4 inches of rear headroom and 27.1 inches of rear legroom.

Engine and Transmission

Both the Acura ILX and the Mercedes-Benz CLA feature a standard four-cylinder engine. However, the 2.4-liter version of the Acura ILX is larger than the Mercedes-Benz CLA, which comes in at just 2 liters. But the differences don't end there.

The transmission system of the Mercedes-Benz CLA is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Meanwhile, drivers of the 2016 Acura ILX will find an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter and sequential SportShift paddle shifters. This gives drivers of the ILX more control over shifting and provides a responsive drive experience.

Technology Features

When looking at the standard technology features of the 2016 Acura ILX, you'll be pleased to find that many of your favorite features are included. For instance, the base model comes equipped with a six-speaker audio system that provides USB Audio Interface for iPod® and a Pandora® application interface. You'll also get Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink and Siri Eyes Free for making calls and answering text messages while on the go.

While the Mercedes-Benz CLA also has Bluetooth® capabilities and a USB port, you won't find the Siri Eyes Free technology integrated into the infotainment system like the Acura ILX. You may also find that the menus and options of the Mercedes-Benz are difficult to navigate, with the display sitting above the dashboard.

Want to Learn More About the Acura ILX?

In this 2016 Acura ILX vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA vehicle comparison, you learned that the Acura has a spacious interior, a smooth transmission system, and plenty of standard technology features. But to really experience everything this car has to offer, you'll want to explore it for yourself.

Drivers in the Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo area can schedule to test drive of the 2016 Acura ILX today by contacting us at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo.


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