Here's a great graphic that outlines the differences between the Integra's trim levels.
Base models on most cars sell pretty poorly -- they're there to advertise a low price and for people that are strapped, but what really moves is loaded trims. Car shoppers love the bells & whistles (myself included).I bet they can increase base models if/when manual becomes an option for it. 10% is much lower than I thought.
Well actually on MB they sell a bit better, because there's so many posers that just want to lease a basic MB and drive the badge around. I test drove a base A220 and it was honestly kinda pathetic.Good point, I bet that's even more true with premium automakers like Acura. All the base C300's running around had me thinking otherwise.
I actually went in to test the CLA250, but there were zero on the lot, so I drove the similar A220 and didn't like it at all.Your feedback of the A220 reminds me of what I heard about the CLA, but the latest generation doesn't seem so bad.
Did you test any other premium sporty compact cars?
I think in some ways the Mazda may be nicer actually, but I'll reserve judgement until I sit in the Integra. I currently own a 2017 Mazda3 hatch and love the interior/exterior and the steering and handling, but would love some extra power too.Funny you mention Mazda 3, I'm also considering it and absolutely love how upscale it is compared to other Japanese compacts in the segment.
The interior is also just as nice as the Integra's!
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Mazda has lately been very reliable, ever since they divorced Ford. Consumer Reports has ranked them either #1 or #2 for dependability, just as Honda took a hit in those surveys...so I'd say it's likely about a wash these days. I've even known Toyota owners to have some issues.After my ‘93 Mazda B2600i Manual trans truck nearly tripped the lemon law limit, and hearing the same horror stories from friends with other Mazda models, I would not dare hope for reliability from that brand. The Miata is an exception to an extent. They seem to run so hot. The valve cover wouldn’t stay on. I disclosed all and sold it to a mechanic.