2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs Lexus IS Comparison

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs 2018 Lexus ES

2018 Mercedes-Benz
2018 Lexus ES
Unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. 4 yr./ unlimited mi.
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7-Speed Automated Manual 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA vs 2018 Lexus ES

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Luxury sport sedans appeal to the young and young at heart. Two top models are the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA and the 2018 Lexus IS. Both are exceptionally well-made and -appointed four-door cars, with plenty of high-tech features that increase driving pleasure and safety. They also boast excellent reliability and high resale value. Your choice between the two might come down to specific features that fit your lifestyle.

Adaptive Suspension

The benefit of an adaptable suspension is the driver’s ability to specify a setting that matches the desired drive characteristics. Only the CLA offers an available adaptive suspension, having settings for Comfort and Sport. By choosing a driving mode, you get either greatest possible comfort and maximum handling dynamics. The CLA adaptive suspension has an infinitely-variable damping system at each wheel, so that you get optimal ride comfort and handling safety. The Lexus IS offers a standard suspension and a stiff F Sport suspension, but neither is adaptive.


The 2018 CLA proves you can have both luxury and efficiency in one car. For example, the CLA 250 provides 23/32 mpg in its AWD configuration. In comparison, the Lexus IS returns only 19/26 mpg in AWD. Furthermore, the Lexus requires costlier premium fuel compared to the standard 87-octane you pump into the CLA gas tank. Finally, the CLA 250 engine features automatic stop/start technology so that you don’t waste fuel while idling at a stop light.


The standard CLA 250 panoramic glass sunroof is the next closest thing to a convertible. It’s big and let’s in copious amounts of light and air. If you want fresh air without direct sunshine, just engage the retractable sunshade. By contrast, the Lexus IS offers a modest moonroof.
We invite you to visit our Mercedes-Benz dealership for a test drive of the 2018 CLA. We promise unbeatable customer service aimed to please, so stop in today!