MERCEDES CLA 250
There’s no getting around town unnoticed, as the futuristic styling of the Midwest tripod gets more stares than Lady Gaga in her meat dress. The jagged body lines covered in Ghost Gray paint with Lime Squeeze accents make it resemble a vehicle from Nintendo’s Mario Kart, and it sounds like one, too. Beneath the plastic clamshell hood, propulsion is derived from a General Motors–sourced 2.4-liter inline-four. The naturally aspirated four-banger is good for 173 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque, exhaling through an exhaust system that exits forward of the passenger-side footwell. We’d anticipated a more exciting aural note, but instead the engine moans a dismal soundtrack. A vehicle that looks as wild as this should have the snarl to match.