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2014 Mercedes CLA250 Video Review – CLA250 Looks Good in Jupiter Red, Drives Even Better!


I had the opportunity to put a brand new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 through its paces yesterday. As the new ‘entry level’ Mercedes, this much hyped and long awaited front wheel driver did not disappoint. My full written review of the new CLA will appear in the next print version of the SL Market Letter. As you probably know, I’m doing most of my writing there these days, and most of my blogging over at the SL Market Letter website. While we spend most of our time on classic and collector Mercedes at the SL Market Letter, we do our fair share of reporting on new vehicles; road tests, reviews and general news coming out of Mercedes-Benz.

I shot three videos of the Jupiter Red CLA250 I borrowed from my friends at Sears Imports Mercedes Benz in Minnetonka, MN car, one was an exterior walk around, the other covered the interior (and there’s more room in there than you might think), the third was a detail of the inline 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. The exterior walk around video is embedded below, you can check out links to the others at the SL Market Letter Website.

Interested in more info about the SL Market Letter? We don’t just cover SLs, but all collectible Mercedes-Benz cars! The publication has been in business for more than 30 years and is generally considered the foremost authority on Mercedes Benz collector car prices and price trends. There are hundreds of classified ads in every issue… from million dollar 300SL Gullwings to affordable classics. There are modern cars like late model AMG machines, sedans, coupes convertibles and everything in between. Check out more information about the SL Market Letter by clicking here.

Barrett Jackson Arizona Auction Bound, And RM, Gooding, Bonhams, Russo and Steele! DaveKnowsCars to Report from the Center of the Collector car World: 5 Days – 5 Collector Car Auctions


I’m headed to the airport in a few minutes… bound for Phoenix, AZ and what has become the center of the collector car world each January.

I will be attending 5 auctions… I’m on assignment for the SL Market Letter, so watch for a forthcoming article in that publication regarding the Mercedes-Benz scene in Arizona this January. I hope to pay particularly close attention to a handful of early 70s Mercedes 280SE 3.5 cabriolets that will be crossing the various blocks… in addition to the 300SLs and pagoda SLs.

I’m signed up for the Sports Car Market Insider Auction Tour at RM tomorrow, watch for a full report on that event as well.

My ride is outside honking… must run… I haveĀ  a feeling there will be a lot of that over the next few days!

More from the road. – DT

2014 Mercedes E class Video Comparison! Differences Between 2014 Mercedes Benz E class E350 Sport and Luxury Models

Explore the differences between the 2014 Mercedes Benz E class Sport and Luxury models with this video from Dave Knows Cars! The new 2014 Mercedes Benz E classes are arriving at dealerships across the country. Mercedes Benz is offering something new for the 2014 model year, in conjunction with the serious E class facelift, they’ve started to offer two different models… A Luxury model and a Sport model.

The differences between the two cars are largely cosmetic, much like the C class cars from 2008 – present. There are slight suspension differences between the two cars, the Sport model sits several millimeters lower than the sport model and has slightly stiffer suspension, although the difference in ride quality is minimal, they are very similar.

They are identical in terms of dimensions and size, the two cars are differentiated by different body styling packages and wheels. The video here clearly demonstrates all the exterior differences between the cars.. from the front grilles to the rear tailpipes (or lack thereof on the Luxury model).

You can see by the photos of the original window stickers (below) of the cars featured in the video that there is no price difference between Sport and Luxury models. They cost the same, you simply decide whether you want a Sport model or a Luxury model.

Window sticker of the white car in the video, a 2014 Mercedes E350 Luxury model.
Window sticker of the Palladium Silver car in the video, a 2014 Mercedes E350 Sport model.