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TOTD: Choose One - Mercedes CLA45 AMG, BMW M235i, or Subaru WRX STI

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/22/2014 Jason Udy

In a recent comparison, we took the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG sedan, BMW M235i coupe, and Subaru WRX STI sedan to the Streets of Willow to find out which car was the fastest before taking them to our favorite canyon roads to pick our favorite. Now, we want to know which one you would choose.

Each car is powered by a turbocharged engine with at least 305 hp. The most powerful CLA45 AMG features a 355-hp 2.0-liter I-4 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. With a 320-hp 3.0-liter I-6 and eight-speed automatic, the rear-drive M235i was the only two-door in the group. The WRX STI’s 305-hp 2.5-liter F-4 may have been the least powerful engine in the test, but it made up for it with its six-speed manual.

2014 BMW M235i vs 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG vs 2015 Subaru WRX STI© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 BMW M235i vs 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG vs 2015 Subaru WRX STI

Despite the powertrain differences, the three cars posted similar acceleration and handling numbers. Although the WRX STI trailed the others in straight line acceleration (4.6 seconds vs. 4.4 seconds and 4.2 seconds for the M235i and CLA45 AMG, respectively), it posted the fastest time around the Streets of Willow, beating the last-place BMW by 0.25 seconds.

There's also a price discrepancy between the three cars, with a more-than-$10,000 starting price gap between the least expensive Subaru WRX STI and priciest Mercedes CLA45. The STI starts at $38,190, while the AMG starts at $48,375. Almost splitting the difference between the two is the BMW at $44,025.

Check out our comparison here and then tell us if you would choose the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG sedan, BMW M235i coupe, or Subaru WRX STI sedan in the comments below.


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